4 members from Caltech Alpine Club climbed it on 22-23 May. Poor visibility, but we still made it!
Went up with 2 guys from Minneapolis with full packs and camped on top. After dinner, we hiked to the top to watch the sunset. It was so clear we could see the Pacific Ocean beyond the Olympic Peninsula! Could also see Mt. Jefferson beyond Mt. Hood! Our summit photos just happened to see Mt. St. Hellens before it erupted. I did not bring a sleeping bag to save weight-big mistake-I was cold until the sun hit the tent! This was my 4th state highpoint. Got all 50 in 31 years!!!
Has anyone been up yet this year or broke trail? Planning to climb May 22-23 still deciding on the route. I'd love to hear from you email@example.com
First climb, and so glad I did it!
Climbed the DC in aug 2004. Woefully underprepared and extremely lucky for the excellent weather and incident free day. Looking back now, it was quite foolish to even attempt due to my lack of experience.
Made it to the Summit with Alpine Ascents. A fun climb. Plan on returning this summer and next spring to train for bigger challenges.
Got food poisoning while descending and chucked all my food/h2o at the top of dissapointment cleaver...Good times.
Climbed Ingraham Direct with Mitch Barrie, Doc Chuck and KT. Great weather, no wind and warm temps. Fantastic view. What a difference from the previous year. The moon lit the way, ladder somewhere on ID and watching dawn approaching while merging routes above the DC were some of the highlights. Temps got so warm our Axes punched right through some of the snow-bridges on our descent.
Climbed with a group from idaho state university. I wanted to climb this for years. It was very spiritual for me: http://mslasky.blogspot.com/2009/10/rainier-2000-older-trip-report-for.html
first glacier mountain experience..im hooked
Excellent but cold weather conditions (rare!).
Terrible snow up high on Gib Ledges- final chute was an avalanche waiting to happen. Turned around as a group, confident that we had made the right decision. So close...
Climbed with AAI and raised $5,000 for the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer. Turned around at 12.7k on the Emmons Route...not my day.
we did it in one very long day since we could not get camping permits.
Ascent via the Emmons Glacier. Crux was navigating through the crevasses in the dark. Ended up doing a high traverse beneath the bergshrund. Conditions were perfect -- long-sleeve t-shirt and a shell were all the layers needed until arriving at the saddle. Saw a bear in hiking out.
Finally climbed this one after two previous attempts. The one that got me into climbing in the first place, looking at a 14K snow-covered mountain from sea level in the middle of summer. Have since climbed it two more times (DC twice, Emmons once). Have also attempted the Kautz but got weathered off.
Climbed Rainier during very clear weather, but scorching temperatures down low. Beautiful peak, great experience.
Climbed Rainier via Emmons and 2 attempts on the Tahoma. Beautiful mountain, awesome and incredible.
Climbed the DC route this summer. It was awesome, had a great time
Drove down to the Longmire parking lot from Vancouver in the evening, hiked up to Camp Muir the following day, left the hut around 2:30 for a slow slog up the DC route. Off track in the cleaver following a group ahead of us which wasted some time, by still a slow summit by 10:30. Back to the hut, nap for a couple hours, hike back to the parking lot, and drive back to Vancouver by about 1am. Impressive glaciers!
Saw a weather window open so did the climb from NYC in 60hrs round trip. A new record? ;-)
DC route...quite the slog.