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.
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!