Mount Rainier Climber's Log

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mdostby - Jul 9, 2004 1:31 am

Route Climbed: Disappointment Cleaver Date Climbed: July 5th, 2004  Sucess!

We could'nt have asked for better weather. Our summit day was nearly perfect. Myself and six other team members climbed to the true summit of this awesome mountain. What a great time with great friends!

davecook - Jun 28, 2004 1:03 pm

Route Climbed: Disappointment Cleaver Date Climbed: June 25,2004  Sucess!

Dave & Jared Cook , Kevin Clawson (Rochester, NY); Ryan, John, Justin, Colin Holbrook (Spokan, WA); summit at 6:30 am, back at Paridise by 1:30. Great trip. Gumby legs on the return.


mcmedved - Jun 28, 2004 9:21 am

Route Climbed: DC Date Climbed: June 22, 2004  Sucess!

Great climb on a beautiful day. My first big mountain summit; climbed with brother Doug. Fantastic views.

Jeff H - Jun 25, 2004 7:05 pm

Route Climbed: Emmons-Winthrop Date Climbed: June 21-23  Sucess!

Enjoyed a wonderful trip with three climbing partners in warm conditions. Late start on Monday got us to the Inter Glacier. Slept in and eventually made it to camp Schurman on Tuesday. 2 AM start in soft snow made for slow going at first but it finally firmed up and the summit was reached at 9 AM. Cold and windy on top. Only two other climbers on the route. Advantage of going during the middle of the week I assume.


Ratballs - Jun 23, 2004 9:27 pm

Route Climbed: (1) Emmons-Winthrop, and (2) Disappointment Cleaver Date Climbed: (1) June 21, 1994, and (2) mid-August, 1999  Sucess!

Once you see Rainier, if you have the slighest disposition toward adventure, you have to climb it, and, having lived in its literal shadow for two years, I did. Twice. Or at least I tried.

The first time was in 1994, as part of a (too-) large party up the Emmons-Winthrop route. We got to 13,700ft., could see the rocks on the crater rim, and turned around. The descent was where most of my memories come from, and I have a trip report I wrote from two perspectives--mine and my rope-team member's. (The names of the others have been change to protect the, er, innocent.)

The second time was five years later, in 1999, when I went up the Disappointment Cleaver, solo and successfully. That climb was all about the back-story, for me. An (off-site) trip report can be found here and here.


dmuja - Jun 23, 2004 5:34 am

Route Climbed: Disappointment Cleaver Date Climbed: June 22, 2004  Sucess!

Brother Mark and I summited via the DC. Warm day with high freezing level made for a beautiful early a.m. climb but a hot and slippery descent (especially on the Cleaver itself). Awsome mountain!



seth - Jun 21, 2004 1:17 pm

Route Climbed: Emmons-Winthrop Date Climbed: June 19, 2004  Sucess!

Nearly 10 years to the week from my first attempt, I summitted in perfect conditions. Som blue ice near the top, and we took a little too long to get down (post-hole city), but other than that, it was a nice clean route and some beautiful weather. Good times. Pulled off one crazy glissade back down the Interglacier...

wintertreker - May 31, 2004 5:14 pm

Route Climbed: D.C Date Climbed: May 24, 2004  Sucess!

My team summited Mount Rainier this past week by way of the D.C route. Our summit team included Bob McCullar, Russell McCullar and myself. The day we left Camp Muir (May 23) REI turned 3 ropes teams back due to a wind slab at about 12400 ft. Our team left Muir and set up a high camp at Ingram Flats. We left Ingram at 3 am on the 24th and Summited in six hours. The slab didn't look like it was in any immeadiate danger of releasing but it should be noted by other teams. After reacing the crater rim we rested and descended back down the DC. Once back at Ingram we packed our site and went back down to Paradise. The total time of decent wasabout 4 hours.

mtn runr

mtn runr - May 17, 2004 9:32 pm

Route Climbed: Ingraham Direct Date Climbed: May 24, 1997  Sucess!

We were awakened in our tent at Camp Muir at 2:00 AM, 4:00 AM and 4:30 Am by guided parties getting ready to leave. We didn't get away until after 7:00 and worried that we were being foolish for the late start. But one by one those guided parties came by us on their way down in defeat as we ascended. We summitted a little before 2:00 PM, the only party to summit that day from Camp Muir.


StephaneFitch - May 12, 2004 3:47 pm

Route Climbed: Dissappointment Cleaver Date Climbed: August 16, 2004  Sucess!

My two buddies, Scott Patterson and Clay Parks, and I reached the summit in a GALE. Started out from Ingraham Flats. It began as a very calm night, then the wind and clouds blew in at about 3 a.m., just as we reached the top of the cleaver. I kept wondering when it would get bad enough to force us to turn around. Then, at about 4:30 or so, it hit me: We weren't turning around. The winds on the crater rim must have been around 70 mph. Our eyelashes were frosted. But boy, were we happy. We had the summit to ourselves but ran into a ton of climbers on the way down. I was surprised and pleased to find three teams of guided climbers behind us. By 10 a.m., the weather was clearing and stayed beautiful for the next several days. No regrets about summitting in bad weather. It added to the drama.


t511a - Apr 28, 2004 10:35 pm

Route Climbed: Disappointment Cleaver Date Climbed: 27Aug2000  Sucess!

Wet and cloudy below, but broke above the clouds at about 10000, and it was all blue skies from there. Absolutely beautiful.


gunnersmith - Apr 18, 2004 9:04 pm

Route Climbed: DC Date Climbed: May 19, 2003  Sucess!

Awesome climb. We were blessed with clear weather for the summit, but it was unseasonably cold.

Because of the lack of acclimization, I experienced my first case of altitude sickness. I don't recommend it. It makes you stupid.

Sam Mills

Sam Mills - Mar 23, 2004 9:02 am

Route Climbed: Disappointment Cleaver Date Climbed: July 6, 2001  Sucess!

Left Muir Camp at 12:30 am and were on the summit at 6:30 am. Clear sky's up high. Nice view.


Chris - Mar 22, 2004 9:45 pm

Route Climbed: Emmons Glacier Date Climbed: July 1996  Sucess!

Magnificent mountain, great climb.


esugi - Mar 7, 2004 12:07 am

Route Climbed: Emmons Glacier/Disappointment Cleaver Date Climbed: July 2000/June 2001/July 2002  Sucess!

First climbed Rainier via Emmons Glacier in 2000. We made it a three day trip. First night spent at Glacier Basin, second night at Emmons Flats, and summit on third day and hike all the way out.

Second summit of Rainier via DC in June 2001. Spending one night in Muir.

Third summit of Rainier was again by Emmons Glacier in July 2002.

We have always had beautiful weather on summit days. We've been lucky! This year, I would like to try Kautz Glacier or Gibraltor Ridge.


cascadeclimber1978 - Feb 8, 2004 12:44 am

Route Climbed: kautz glacier Date Climbed: september 12-14, 2003  Sucess!

best trip on rainier ever

Dave Dinnell

Dave Dinnell - Jan 9, 2004 4:25 pm

Route Climbed: Emmons/Winthrop; Liberty Ridge Date Climbed: June 1984, June 1987  Sucess!

Late June of '84 attempted Liberty Ridge with John Pfieffer-Spent 3 days tent bound on the Carbon Glacier. Backed out and drove around the mountain, waited a few days for the weather to change and climbed the Emmons Glacier Route. Returned in early June of '87, again with John Pfieffer, and climbed Liberty Ridge to the summit. Returned again in '89 to hike to the summit of Burroughs Mtn. from Glacier Basin with my wife Trudi. Fantastic views of Rainier from its summit.


chasej - Dec 22, 2003 1:12 pm

Route Climbed: Disappointment Cleaver Date Climbed: June 7, 2001  Sucess!

Climbed with RMI on the 5 day seminar. RMI did a great job helping me learn the skills to feel comfortable on the mountain.


ricardo - Dec 3, 2003 8:46 am

Route Climbed: Dissapointment Cleaver Date Climbed: AugĀ“2003  Sucess!

Great Mountain, but weather was bad until we came back down in the Ingrham flats. I just followed the crowds to the top.


bdewoody - Dec 3, 2003 12:57 am

Route Climbed: Inter/Emmons/Disappointment Cleaver Date Climbed: 8/22/03  Sucess!

Glacier was so broken up late in the year that crevasses were more common than snow. Numerous groups told us thier guides had fallen on on our way up. No problems for us though, besides the wind. It shredded my Mountain Hardwear tent while we made our summit run.

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