Nice route to the top to get the feet wet in the mountaineering world
From Paradise to Muir, we had low vis, snow, wind...loved the rime ice that collected on us. Quick nap and it was off to the summit via DC. Couldn't ask for better weather, clear sky, freezing temps, light winds..... Descent from Muir to Paradise really sucked with post-holing and shit but we were just thrilled to have summitted between all the lousy weather this month. :)
first good weather day in a month and we happen to hit it.
Both me and my roommate went up in a complete wind storm, without ropes. We had left our to ladies lower on the snow field and continued on. The rangers had advised us of our poor choice of no ropes and when he saw our other members lower he immediately knew who they were apart of. Summitted just the same and it was incredibly windy at the top. Round two will be better!
an incredable climb
This mountain never dissapoints. No much more to say. It speaks for itself
Just got on this forum so this is a late post. We climbed this last year on a beautiful day. Camped at Ingraham Flats and left in the dark. No wind, absolutely beautiful on top. I'm going to do it again this year. Here's a Youtube video of the climb. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFCKVPqhE7Q
Great Day for first summit attempt....and first time on Rainier. Just above the DC, a snowbridge collapsed injuring a climber. We waited for word on the route. It was detoured by the guide climbers so we decided to go that route. Safer route for newbies traversed above Emmons Glacier skirting around and over several crevasses, some large with snowbridges and some small enough to hop over. Very little wind at summit (none in crater) and abundant sun. Soft sloppy snow for decent all the way down to Paradise. At Camp Muir 6/25 and witnessed immense avalanche on Nisqually Glacier which sent a dirty snowshower down on Camp Muir. Occurred about a minute after small jet flew over summit...coincidence or just the sun's heat.
clear weather on the summit
Great first Rainier climb with good partners.
Was at low point of my life in terms of fitness back then, and just about had to crawl the last hour to the top. At least, it felt that way :)
This was an interesting trip, Rainer's more eventful that I had managed to figure. But it was fun.
Quick ascent. Plus two others.
Typical slog up the summit via the DC. Wish I would have experienced the mountain via a different route for my first time on Rainier but either way a great weekend climb.
The typical zoo at Camp Muir (100 people). Crowded on the route, lots of guided groups. Heard a huge rock avalanche off of Little Tahoma early in the morning and seracs collapsing later in the afternoon. Got stuck behind a guided group on the descent down cleave.
Climbed with Stan Morgivich
Wanted to make it three days but weather and group dynamics wouldn't allow it. Big fun suffer-fest. I will come back for more!
Amazing trip! Trail was very well marked. Great weather, except pretty windy on second day. Did not summit because of altitude sickness, can't wait to try it again in 2011.
First attempt and a success without using guides. Camped at Protection camp (better view) just below Muir and lost a day due to whiteout & storm. Overall great experience on a big mountian. Lingered a little too long at the summit and had a difficult descent on slushy snow on the Cleaver. Don't underestimate the dangers on this mountian, especially on this route.