This year was the 2nd year in a row to the top. Went up last year with IMG via DC, summit 7/20/13. Then, my wife wanted to go. So, here we go again. Returned with IMG again, both of us summited (actually, all 12 climbers in our group were successful.) I can't say enough good stuff about IMG. Beautiful weather both years. I have to say, after being on the mountain 3 times now, it gets better each time. First year with RMI was not successful. But with each successive year, what was once a chore is now becoming more routine, so you can smell the roses along the way, so to speak.
We had perfect weather and extra days to ensure a summit.
[Day 1] 8am--arrive at Paradise. 8:45am--leave the trail head. 2:45pm--arrive at muir, set up camp, melt water, eat, and practice self arrest. 6pm--sleep.
[Day 2] 8am--leave Muir. 9:40am--arrive at Ingraham Flats, set up camp, melt water, eat, prepare packs for summit, and sleep.
[Day 3] 10pm--wake up, eat, drink, and rope up. 10:50pm--leave Flats. 5am--summit in time for the 5:20 sunrise. Enjoyed summit for half hour. 9am--back down at the Flats.
Much wind in the final 2 hour stretch with some whiteout conditions. Thought of turning back many times but prevailed in the end. First time on Rainier and it was the my hardest earned summit yet.
Three day ascent camping on the inter glacier day one, emmons flat day two, and summiting in a snowstorm and high winds day three. Beautiful weather all four days on the mountain except summit day. Snow was super soft, two feet of slush in sections.
Got a bit of a late start (2am) and ended up coming down the cleaver in some pretty soft snow later in the day. Strong winds and very little visibility for parts of the ascent.
We started at Paradise at 9 pm and reached the summit 10 hours later. Conditions were very good and the weather was perfect. The view from the summit was amazing and it was a worhty summit to finish our US trip.
Some thoughts.. Rainier is a big mountain which is technically pretty easy, but I found the DC route quite dangerous. Rockfall danger along the Cowlitz glacier, the beginning of the Flats and when traversing on the Disappointment Clever. Furthermore, seracs are threatening the Flats. So be sure to be able to tackle the difficulties without problems in order to be fast enough on these dangerous sections. A frosty night and an early start are also obligatory.
Held off a couple days waiting for a storm to clear, then had perfect weather conditions. Summit views were awesome. Rainier is a BIG mountain! Trip Report
Awesome climb with perfect weather. A bit crowded but otherwise couldn't have been better
Had a chilly bivy at the top of the cleaver and pushed for the summit the following afternoon. The view from the top was crystal clear, but 30-40mph winds. Spent an hour exploring and spent the night back at the Muir bunk house. Right now the crevasses are pretty minimal. The biggest being 6-8 inches wide. Awesome experience, can't wait to go back next year!
2nd hottest day in Yakima ever! 109 F
Last group out of Camp Muir for the day at 2:00 AM. The mountain was melting....
Nice route and great team!
Summit climb with Alpine Ascents International. Nice weather after the first day.
Perfect Weather, Gib Ledges were in "less than favorable" conditions.
First to summit after an early (2am) start from Camp Muir.
Descended via the Ingraham Icefall.
Beautiful mountain, amazing views.
Super nice weather made this a cake walk.
Surprisingly toasty in camps along the way but freeeeezing/snowing/foggy/windy at the summit. Absolutely gorgeous sunrise on the way up. 54 pound pack, almost half my body weight! Glad I did it while I was young ( :
Climbed the Emmons from Camp Schurman with a group guided by IMG. Very lucky with the weather window; it was overcast and foggy both the night before and the afternoon afterwards. As we climbed the clouds rose with us, making the descent very slow in soft snow and low visibility.
perfect weather, great day to summit
Two man team, 50 plus mph wind. But otherwise, a legendary climb.
Changed our itinerary from a 3 day to a 2 day climb due to bear activity in Glacier Basin. Great conditions with the route still intact. On top there was no wind and sunny skies. Camp Sherman still had some space open on bare rock. All members of the Moutaineer party summited. One or two had very mild altitude sickness symptoms. Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bogusz/sets/72157634948954520/
Ingraham Direct route.