First group up from Schurman area, only to find the snow bridge over the Bergschrund on our route had collapsed. Had to improvise a new way over by cutting steps into the ledge above. Ended up being a great way up in to the saddle between the summit and Liberty Cap. Got to see the larger fumaroles I hadn't seen on previous trips. Took Leila, Chad, and Josh for their first climb of Rainier. My 6th trip and 3rd summit.
Caught the summit the day after a good storm. Amazing weather and views.
Great training and summit climb with RMI
Upon further reflection I have realized that possibly we could have waited a day to rest up the team before heading for the summit. This absolutely didn't occur to me at the time, and definitely not what I would have wanted to do, but - my bad!
First time on a mountain like this for me. No glacier or high alpine experience but primed to go. Perfect weather, maybe too warm? Camp Schurman is a pretty awesome spot to camp. Our very experienced leader had not been getting enough sleep for a few days and we had trouble making an alpine start. We got to 12,000 ft. and then turned around. It was still a very enjoyable experience that I will remember. Maybe next time?
One of our team of 12 got sick at 12,500' after pushing hard the previous 1000 feet. Had to make the decision to take her down so the others could summit. All the others made it up.
Team of four from Kalispell made it up in near perfect conditions! Summer, Topher, Dave and myself.
We joined up with another party at Camp Schurman and had the entire route to ourselves the next day. No waiting at crevasses, stop and take photos any time you like, it's your mountain for the day. What a concept.
3 people, 2 days, beautiful weather.
Great climb! First climb of Ranier
Life changing and amazing experience! I didn't think I was going to make it on no sleep and exhausted cardio but the weather was beautiful with low winds and sun so I needed to embrace the opportunity. Saw a clear beautiful sunrise that added to the motivation.The descent was tough because of the slushy path the sun made.
Great weather for one of the toughest grinds of my life.
Great climb and the route is in great shape 6/29/17. Only two snow bridges.
Another great ascent. There's 13 snow bridges this time but the route is still in great shape. 8/1/17.
Made the climbing in four hours and fifty-five minutes to the summit and around a three-hour descent to Camp Schurman.
We pushed hard on the first day to Camp Shurman. 2am start and we were able to beat many other groups on the crowded ascent. Route was well traveled and we made great time to the summit and down. Weather could not have been better.
Climbed in honor of a friend with a brain cancer. Bad storm the day before arrival and a climber died of exposure on the Liberty Ridge route. Excellent weather during our stay. Only got to 12k feet on summit day due to one of our team having AMS. But it was a great experience and I will definitely return for a summit.
A fun, relaxing 2-day climb, with shorts weather on the summit. Trip report.
This route is beautiful, fun, and can be challenging. I'd been up the DC route a few times. Tried this route a few years ago in the spring but avalanche conditions prevented a summit at that time. This week we summited at 7:45 am under clear skies and zero.. yes, I said zero wind on the summit. No congestion on the route. Highly recommended. Be prepared to alter your path on the way down as the snow bridges crumble in the afternoon.
I would definitely recommend this route to anybody interested in a Rainier ascent. This was my first time on the route, and it had far fewer people than what you would typically see over on the DC!
We were the only party on the route. Got a somewhat late start at 2am. Colder conditions firmed the route up great. Turned around at 12,600 due to a combination of altitude sickness, deteriorating weather and general fatigue. No regrets as the weather got very nasty later. Will be back to try it again.