Mount Rainier Climber's Log

Viewing: 1-20 of 841

kteichert - Jun 26, 2021 11:48 am Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2021

HP #42  Sucess!

Wanted to see if we could get this one in one day. Started at Paradise (5,400') at midnight, and summitted at 9am. We got to Camp Muir at 4:00am, and had a bit of a slog up the final mile, that was so steep!! But the groups ahead of us, that started at Muir, packed the trail down well for us, and the conditions of the Disappointment Cleaver route were absolutely perfect. There were only 2 spots where crevasses has started to open up, but were easily stepped across. I brought ice ax, crampons, and rope, but didn't use any of those items to the summit, as conditions were just perfect. I know I should have roped up, for precautionary purposes, but I've never been one to want to rely on gear, for fear that the gear will malfunction, and leave me stranded. So I like to do things by my own ability and power. I didn't even put crampons on for the descent. The snow was soft enough that I could punch footsteps into the snow with each step, and I used the ice ax to steady myself. We made it back to Paradise at 3:15pm, making for an incredible day. Definitely want to do the Wonderland Trail someday and circle this absolutely humbling and breathtaking mountain.


Judd97 - Jun 24, 2021 8:03 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2021

HP#31  Sucess!

Independent group on the DC, all 5 summited. Felt really good to get this one.

JohnDunc - Oct 27, 2020 11:54 am

great time with RMI  Sucess!

Must do by anyone interested. We went with RMI via Camp Muir.


IagosGhost - Aug 22, 2020 7:20 am Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2020

Great Climb via DC Route   Sucess!

Due to Covid-19, many plans were canceled opening up a spot for my son and me to climb on an Alpine Ascents expedition. The guides were extremely helpful and encouraging which made our trip very enjoyable and ultimately successful. A snow bridge collapsed the day before our summit bid causing two other parties to turn around at 12,800 ft. So two of the guides spent the whole day creating a new route around the crevasse and placing protection.

Our group was friendly and motivated. 7 of the 8 summitted despite strong winds and tough conditions. The climb was definitely a challenge mentally and physically, but our preparation was just enough to make it safely. Glossaries down the snow field was a lot of fun. High Point #14 for me.

mattsim - Jun 18, 2020 12:20 am Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2001

The Matt'spedition (Matt M., Matt L., and Matt S.)  Sucess!

Paradise (11th) -> Low Camp (12th) -> High Camp (13th) -> Summit at 5:40 AM on the 14th and back down to Paradise by 3 PM.

mattsim - Jun 18, 2020 12:12 am Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2010

Rainer Climb #3  Sucess!

White River, Glacier Basin, Inter Glacier, Camp Curtis, Summit sunrise at 7:10 AM. Climbed with Rusty, Eric, Daniel, and Vlad.


freedeep - Mar 25, 2020 8:17 am Date Climbed: Jun 4, 1980

First ascent Mt St Helens smoldering  Sucess!

First ascent from the north to Steamboat Prow, camped overnite, then over the top and down the Muir side in 2 days. Watched the smoldering ash clouds rolling out of Mt St Helens. Since then have been to the summit several more times. On one trip skied from just below the Emmons Glacier upper bergschrund. Always a great hike.

US_Grant - Feb 7, 2020 12:10 pm

Rainier Summit  Sucess!



Kristalea - Jan 26, 2020 10:18 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2017

Summit via Emmons Glacier  Sucess!

There's something super special about Mt Rainier. Life Changing


billydheyhey - Aug 19, 2019 7:37 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2019

HP #47!  Sucess!

2nd attempt - SUCCESS!

Crazy to think a Bostonian went to Seattle twice in a span of a few weeks, but that's determination for you.

Day 1 - climb to Camp Muir... left Paradise at 930AM, got there at 230PM
Day 2 - left Camp Muir at 1230 PM, summit at 7AM!!! then back to Paradise at 330PM.

One of the hardest state highpoints to reach, but this time around was a success! Crazy to think I only have 3 to go.


billydheyhey - Aug 19, 2019 7:32 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2019

HP #47!

1st attempt... non successful :( Got chased off due to heavy winds and eventual snowstorm at 13,100 feet.

But, it was a great trip nonetheless... gave me more experience, for what would come in a few weeks... - Aug 5, 2019 12:27 pm Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2019

Mount Rainier Emmons Glacier Route  Sucess!

Summit of Mount Rainier via the Emmons Glacier. Weather was perfect. Multiple crevasses to pass. Snow bridges beginning to collapse. The route is firm early in the AM, however, the snow softens during the day making the going down more challenging. Expect the route, especially navigating the crevasses to change. We used pickets placed by other parties for safety/belay while passing, crossing, and jumping a few crevasses. The Emmons route is longer than the Disappointment Cleaver (DC) route and had many crevasses to traverse - across snow bridges, and some by sketchy single track boot paths cut above in the snow walls. The route has a very long traverse towards Liberty Cap, before turning upwards to a final 800+ foot neve snow wall/hill, creating the disillusionment of a closer summit. The benefit is that you top out at the true summit at Columbia Crest at 14,411 ft, vs. needing to traverse the crater rim for the true summit from other routes. There were good paths circumnavigating the crater rim. It was exceptionally clear, yet windy - 30-40 mph, and super cold, so we opted to not find the summit register, and make our way down to minimize changes in the route due to warming conditions. Unlike the DC, there is minimal exposure to rock on this route - however, it is a long hike up Glacier Basin via the Inner Glacier to Camp Sherman, and the summit push is about an additional 1100 feet vs. other routes from Camp Muir. Camp Sherman is a tent only site, with a small ranger station and two camp toilets. There was a small glacial melt pond we used to filter water, and room for about 20+ tents. There are also many broken up and deep crevasses just outside of the camp area, so take care when walking around. Our party consisted of Mark Hadland, Kevin Hall, Marco Sanchez Ponce, Aga Fine - guided by Zach Keskinen and Jake Skeen of Mountain Madness.


marieg - Jul 30, 2019 1:47 pm

Favorite Mountain!  Sucess!

I paid my way through college guiding this bad boy...summitted over 30+ times. Should probably go back again...but it's an ass-kicker and not sure I'm ready! :) Sold my cabin in Ashford, spent many, many days/nights hanging out around that town. Weekdays were the best! Weekends stay away! The crowds are horrendous! the worse part of the pristine alpine experience was heading back to your car afterward...amongst the masses of tourist.


rtgomez90 - Jul 30, 2019 1:14 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2018

DC  Sucess!

>24 hrs


kronshage3 - Jul 28, 2019 5:30 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2019

Via DC  Sucess!

Hiked to Camp Muir on the 24th and made summit on the 25th. Must say it was nice going up on a weekday. Still very busy, but I can only imagine what it would look like on a weekend. According to the ranger at Camp Muir, not many people had been making summit for the past few days due to sustained 50+ mph winds. We were lucky enough to get a short weather window before the winds would ramp up again. That said, the weather was beautiful and the route is in good condition. Honestly the scariest part of the route was traversing below the DC when you get off the Ingraham Glacier the way up. People are stepping all above you on loose rock and it is completely dark. Even more dangerous on the way down because people were less careful coming down. A group nearly kicked several toaster sized boulders down on us. The DC was probably the worst part in general. Above the DC there was one ladder used to climb up. Super easy to cross but traffic was crazy here on the way down. I guess people don't know how to climb a ladder... Summit was completely clear with around 20-25 mph winds. Pro tip: Either go way before or way after the guides. They like to keep all of their ropes teams together so it can slow things down when you get caught around them.


cascadescrambler - Jul 25, 2019 5:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 1976

Mount Rainier  Sucess!

Camp Schurman, Emmons Glacier route.


McCannster - Jul 8, 2019 8:32 am Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2019

via DC  Sucess!

Highpoint 44. Last hard highpoint! Party of 3 with Alex and Andrew, with an overnight at Camp Muir. Great experience!

dannydeckers - Jun 20, 2019 8:55 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2017

Summit via Emmons Glacier  Sucess!

Best glissading of my entire life. 10/10


bluecappo - Jun 18, 2019 12:23 pm Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2015

DC Taking it slow  Sucess!

Took our time with one night at Muir and one night on Ingram Flats - I highly recommend taking the extra day and just kicking back to enjoy the sights! The route on this one was in a bit gnarlier shape than I had seen it in years past.

bweitzner - Jun 12, 2019 5:41 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2008

Mount Rainier with Rainier Mountaineering  Sucess!

Great two day climb, snowstorm at the summit, beautiful snow conditions.

Viewing: 1-20 of 841
Return to 'Mount Rainier' main page