With friends from the Marine Corps' Mountain Warfare Training Center. Spent a couple days at Muir refreshing on ice work and crevasse rescue, then hiked to the summit.
Started our climb to Camp Muir on July 28 around 10am from Paradise trailhead. Reached Camp Muir around 3:15pm, 5:15 hiking time. Set-up camp, ate & hit the sack around 8pm. Woke up at 11:45pm to get ready for summit bit. Got on the trail around 1:15am July 29. Conditions were good. Reached the top of Disappointment Clever around 5am where we were met with 40-50 mph winds. After talking with a guide about the unsafe conditions (snow bridge over crevasse), we decided to turn around. Arrived back at Camp Muir around 7:30am and hit the sack as we were worn out & disappointed. The next morning we heard that the snow bridge the guide was warning us about did collapse over night. Although it really hurt for us to turn around, we are SOOO glad we did!!! We will definitely be back.
I was fortunate enough to have summited Rainier via Emmons Route prior but did not summit via DC this time. We turned around about 13,100' per reports of white out conditions and already dealing with 45+mph winds with no regrets. I love that mountain and hope to see her again.
First "big mountain" summit for Team Christmas! Made an unsupported attempt at the DC route just a day after the guides opened up the route. Had to overcome some pretty nasty stuff on the Cleaver as it was still a fresh route without much boot pack. Hit the summit at around 0600 after a 0115 start from Ingraham! Had a blast, definitely coming back for the Kautz next summer.
Our MT team of four made it to the top. The second summit for Dave and myself. First summit for Amanda and Rob. Good conditions. Not a fan of this route due to the number of people, rockfall, changes in rope etc...
first summit of Rainier and I can't wait to be back
1st time, enjoyed
I did this climb with RMI. They were great. It was really amazing. For me,seeing the glaciers and crevasses up close was a highlight. It was tough as well. Ascending 9k is no easy task. There were really strong winds on the summit. We went all the way to the Columbia Crest. It was difficult, but it was a great experience. Rainier is such an amazing mountain.
Perfect weather on the Disappointment Cleaver route.
Climbed with Ashley, Gabe, and Amy. Set out from Paradise on Aug. 7. Made a sortie to the base of the cleaver from Camp Muir on Aug. 8, but didn't attempt the summit due to weather. Left Camp Muir around 02:20 on Aug. 9 for the summit push. Clear skies above, but cold (~0 F on summit) and relatively windy. Made it back to Camp Muir around 14:40 and down to Paradise at 19:00.
exhausting trip on very little sleep, but worth it if only for the half hour nap we took in the crater.
Trip report here https://summitsofthestates.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/mt-rainier-wa-46/
Gorgeous mountain. Overcrowding sucks though. Altitude sickness got me on this one, but still made it to the top/Columbia Crest. Physically exhausting but not really technical at all. Competed in a rock climbing competition in Seattle the next day! Haha
Still in good condition but some rock and ice fall. Nice climb.
Route was long and consisted of a few ladder crossings
With Laura, Sam. Great times up the route! Getting pretty broken up on the glaciers by now and very meandering.
With Brewster, Kevin, and Doug
Crazy weather first day, thick fog and rain at Muir. Gorgeous weather second day. Big crevasses had opened up by this time.
Definitely underestimated how tired I'd be near the top with a relatively short break at Muir. Whiteout conditions on the summit with probably -20F wind chill.
Climbed with 2 buddies from Livingston Montana. Started from lodge around 7 pm. Made it to camp muir around 11. Left camp muir around 12:30am. Made summit around 6:30am. Amazing climb. Quite crowded.