DC route guided by RMI. My 1st summit on a major peak
Record August Snowfall year...spent an extra day at camp muir learning team belay...successful summit
Rainier is the gateway for a life-long addiction of thin mountain air.
A great snow treadmill, crowded as a shopping mall. Most interesting part was the scramble to Schurman down the prow the day before. Summit of nearby Pinacle Peak more interesting than summit of Rainier because Rainier summit is huge. But was a good workout for sure! Did in 2 days; day 1 to glacier camp, day 2 to summit and down to White River campground.
Summited via the DC Route. Great weather, although it was in the single digit temps at sunrise around 13,000 ft.
Such a beautiful mountain. I'll never be the same.
started the 15th, camped at muir, the 16th made it to ingram flats, the 17th sumit day! started at 2am summit around 7am back paradise around 4. Snowing the 16th but calm on the 17th. One of the funnest climbs ive done!
Got hooked on climbing after an unsuccessful trip with IMG in 2012. After that trip, I was determined to stand on Rainier's summit, but never again wanted to pay for a guide service (great experience, but expensive!) I purchased/studied 'Freedom of the Hills' and spent as much time on the mountain as I could. A year later, I got some friends together, taught them all that I had learned, and we stood on the summit. Trip of a lifetime!
Started mountain climbing at 61, and am quite captivated by it all.
Climbed the Emmons-Winthrop route over two days. Worth considering the single-push approach next time.
Muir/DC Route - We spent one day ascending to Muir, camped there for 2-3 days waiting for summit winds to die, made an attempt but still got turned around high on the DC w/ 50+mph winds. Several guided groups also turned around - probably only one or maybe two teams pushed on to the summit. We opted to retreat due to the enormous danger we felt the winds were posing. Purchase was too difficult and sketchy on the DC, and we didn't have enough gear to make running belays w/ only two of us. Temps/wind chills were very low, but the views were magnificent! Camping at Muir wore us down, though.
DC route w/ RMI, wonderful weather, not a cloud in the sky, warm day but parkas still nice on upper mountain. Fantastic experience!!
Awesome weather. Clear skies and cold. Made to the summit crater at 6:45 and up to Columbia Crest about 7:10. Incredible climb.
Summited via the DC on Sunday morning, 8/10, under the super moon. Gorgeous weather, clear skies, very little wind. Couldn't ask for much more. Muir was full so we camped below Anvil Rock. Left Muir at 12am, summited at 7:45am.
Party of 2, 3 day outing. Paradise to 1st bivy below Turtle. Ice chute was in good shape. Route does not go over top of Wapowety Cleaver, rather stays on upper Kautz to gain the ridge coming off of Point Success. Was following a party of 8 and flagged route. Some crevasses are pretty wide with rapidly melting snow bridges! Late summit and 2nd bivy on Disappointment Cleaver. Weather was warm, lows at night no less than ~40F, less than 5 mph wind.
Hiked up to Muir Camp in 4 hr. 20 min. on Friday with Jason, Doug and Tim, left there at 12:30 that night, reached the summit at 7:25 Sat. morning under clear skies.
First time on this mountain and used the DC route to summit. Nice weather and met some great people at Camp Muir!
With Bruce Lacroix. Had to assist a guy escape from a narrow crevasse due to snow bridge collapse. Lots of rockfall on the cleaver. 2 days, 1 night.
DC route. Car to car 17 h 15 m. I'm an average hiker.
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.