summited Liberty Cap in a whiteout Friday May 13, 2005. trip report
Climbed with Andre. Day one to Muir in a whiteout with summit in question. Summit day alpine start under crystal clear skies. Cold, clear and windy on summit.
First real big mountain, i had a great time. Even made the summit. Encountered bad weather on summit day but we pushed on.
My first summit, my first attempt. Was hoping to get a winter summit, but due to fowl weather missed it by three days.
Even so we were alone on the summit and had an amazing time.
Looking to climb it again this summer.
The initial plan was for Gibralter Ledges. After spending 2 nights at camp Muir waiting out the weather, we decided to do Ingraham Glacier Direct. Thanks to a short break in the weather we were off to the summit on the third day. The route was very challenging and heavily crevassed, way more difficult than the last time I was on it. Although I wanted a different route under my belt and was disappointed to not be able to do the Ledges, the trip was enjoyable and successful. Just something to look forward to in the future.
Great climb with RMI.
This was an interesting first mountaineering experiance
Ascending from Muir the moon was a eerie tint of red due to forrest fires in eastern Washington. Cheeseburgers at Copper Creek Inn on the way home never tasted so good.
My first climbing experience, guided by RMI. We turned around at the top of the icefall due to a tired group member. Rainier had a major impact on me, has been on my mind ever since. Recently moved from Ohio to Portland so that the mountains can be a regular part of my life, not a once a year climbing trip.
Done with party of 3.
Done with RMI winter seminar.
Guided by Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. Great weather!
We submitted at sunrise after starlit climb. The weather was calm after a pretty gusty first day on the mountain. Awesome views.
Wow! What a massive, beautiful, awe-inspiring peak.
Went with my dad, one of the first of many volcanoe climbs I've done. Great weather, could see mountains all around. Didn't make it to the summit, I didn't have enough experience yet at the time. Made it successfully up to Camp Muir, nice conditions. Good workout. I will return to Mt. Rainier and summit it soon!
I felt the altitude, but the hiking was easy.
5 Day expedition Seminar with RMI. Great team members from around the country. Most physically, difficult, emotionally draining experience of my life.
It was my second attempt, and upon completion, swore I didn't need to put myself through that again...but now I'm not so sure...Damn you Rainier!
Camped on the summit, only 5th of 112 RMI lead expeditons to do that and 1st to complete the Fuhrer Finger!
My first glimpse of Mt Rainier was in 1992 during an RV camping trip with my family. The mental image of that beautiful mountain as seen on a clear, sunny day was a perennial reminder to someday return and CLIMB IT!
The opportunity to climb Mt Rainier presented itself in Aug 99 at the conclusion of a two-week Outward Bound Leadership Camp course held in Oregon at which my son Alexander (at the time 16 y/o) participated. His 18 y/o brother Christoph and I met him in Portland and we proceeded thereafter to Mt Rainier National Park to participate in the one-day basic ice/snow training course which was required of anyone wishing to climb the mountain with Rainier Mountaineering Guides(RMI). The training course was a very good preparation for the long hike on snow and ice.
On the next day we started the climb to Camp Muir under a continuous drizzle which became wet snow higher up. The skies cleared above 10,000 ft overnight so the final hike to the crater rim was under clear sunny conditions but it was very cold and windy. The RMI guides were excellent although their regimented pace of the hike and stops reminded me at times of boot camp. Of the 24 hikers who started the climb only 8 made it all the way to the summit (including us 3) while the rest aborted the hike due to exhaustion.
Our descent to the valley was fairly uneventful except that at 10,000 ft we were again below the cloud cover. Thereafter, it was raining continuously so that we ended the hike completely soaked. Thus, on my second visit to Mt Rainier we were unable to see the upper mountain from the valley during our entire 3-day stay! My mental image of this spectacular mountain still dates to my prior RV trip. Nevertheless, it was a high event in my life to have climbed that awesome volcano with my teenage sons Christoph and Alexander.
Great climb - even nicer weather than last year - had one ropemate who had trouble and coming down was SLOW!! Great climb again. Marc Pagani, Mimi Schippers, Mark Terry, Doug Finck