Beautiful climb--all it's said to be.
It seemed more logical to cross the Carbon on Day 1 and climb the entire route on Day 2, but we knew weather was coming & didn't like the idea of sitting out a storm on the Thumb.
Summitted the Cap in a total whiteout & overnighted in the saddle. Woke to a bluebird morning & awesome Rainier summit.
... at the base of the Ridge... too much weight in my pack and the going was tough... lots of valuable lessons learned, so I'll call it a success, but there was no summit for me. 4 of 6 in my group made it...
I'm really only signing this cause I told a bajillion people I was going to climb it... a bit anti-climactic, but oh well... Mountain 1, Fletch 0.
beautiful climb with adam c. and jake c. should have been more prepared, but luckily the climb was in great shape as was the weather. no one died!
A great climb with some good friends. Had a little difficulty navigating in the freezing fog but managed to find the top. Spent one night on a chopped out ledge though.
Climbed this with John Judd and Collin Hale. It was like climbing while someone is throwing big rocks at you every now and then.
The mountain in 1985 was in 100 year drought and blue with ice. Andy Fried, Robert Somoano and I, climbed the Liberty Ridge in the kind of conditions, you would expect to see in September. Blue ice was everywhere, something the three of us from Southern California just couldn't get enough of. We spend three days on the route car to car, mostly because we really had to ice climb the route, it was pretty technical. I made a note to myself after we came down, not to ever wonder why so many climbers from the Northwest US had so much success in the High Mountains. With "training" ground like this, no wonder. This was one beautiful big mountain climb, a line I will never forget.
An awesome climb.
planned 3-day climb turned to 4 due to unfavorable weather. dug a snowcave at 13k' to survive. good times with good friends.
Did the climb with RMI. Three days up (hiked in to just below the ridge on day 1, to Thumb Rock on Day two, and to summit on day three) and one day down. We spent the night in the summit crater due to a late start on day 2 (one of the team was hit by a rock on the way up to Thumb and wanted to rest).