The cleaver was a little sketchy during the daylight (sun heating the cleaver) with the mix rock and snow but was doable. The weather and the experiences were perfect though.I went with a great group of people and looking on doing many more with them.
Finally something other than wet whiteout conditions on this mountain!
I thought the DC was a good route for my first time climbing Rainier. Not technically difficult, just a long snow slog really! A couple of snow bridges to cross, but overall in great shape....probably thanks to such a good snow year in the Pacific NW, and recent snow fall.
A really great trip with good weather and conditions.
took by friend Adrian 3 months before my wedding. On the way down, he forgot to keep crampons on the snow and went for a slide. I couldnt hold his 200lbs to my 145 lbs but luckily i had buried my ax to the hilt and tied it to my harness as i always do. Guides below on Ingraham Flats watched whole thing. I belayed my friend all the way down to the flats where he took a long "nap" otherwise uneventful trip
Climbed the rerouted variation below the cleaver and up the Emmons. Added a good amount of distance and elevation gain/loss.
A long slog with a heavy pack...
Awesome Climb. Super windy, but clear.
Awesome climb. Summited at sunrise.
Made it past Disappointment Cleaver but a late start, no rest, and an exhausting crevasse rescue seminar the day before all conspired to turn us around at ~12,600. Will be back this summer to try again.
survived a trying 4-day mini expedition on rainier. horrible weather gave us just enough of a breather to allow a summit attempt. we made the most of it and are extremely pleased with the results!
Nice trail with some big holes in the ground,
Randy Sackett was the guide out of RMI. The snowpack
and weather conditions were awesome in August 1984.
There was a section above the cleaver where we were
unroped at the guide's decision. Two climbers had to
remain behind at Disappointment Cleaver. The lights
of Yakima were seen shining in the east. Great climb!
Great route (except for going through the cleaver), great views, great peace at mind. Just follow the lights of all the RMI and IMG teams.
1st attempt, didn't make it past the cleaver. That was a long time ago, will be back for sure.
beautiful mountain...perfect weather...crowded route (but what did I expect....still loved it
Couldn't climb onto the cleaver, too late in the season. We climbed down around the nose of the cleaver and up the Emmons Glacier. Very windy, but clear skies.
Though my 1983 overstuffed 15 degree Marmot Pocket Gopher (that I still use!) worked well with a bit of help from a reflecto warmer. We had light loads on ready for Liberty Ridge...maybe nest time Dirky.
Sue and I attempted the DC route during a week of truely shitty weather. After giving up on any sort of attempt we skipped dinner on our last night and decided to wait to eat a good meal the following day after descending from Muir. That night the weather cleared and we left at 1:00 AM with little energy, improper hydration and lack of will. We ascended to 14K before exhaustion and a spasm in Sue's back before turning around. No problem about not summiting as I was more concerned about a safe traverse back before the Cleaver of our two-person rope team but made it back safe and sound. Better a responsible climber than a liability to others in our book.
Weather drove us down the first time, but rolled right up on the second try.