Andreas (from Switzerland) and I climbed the Gibraltar ledges on Friday.
Had the mountain all to overselves with just one other team
going up the ID route. We got lost below the Gib rock on the way
up and wasted more than 1.5 hrs traversing some 55 degree snow
and ice (and traversing all that hard parts back:). Got back on route
and finished the technical part under perfect conditions. Andreas was
feeling tired and hence we decided to turn back once we could
access the gentle upper slopes. The ID route was way on the right
side and there were a lot of crevasses in between. So we decided to
go up all the way to the crater. At around 13,500 ft, we saw the wands
on the ID route to our right, and traversed the glacier towards
them. Headed down after a brief rest.
ID was in great shape. I got fried by the sun (and altitude) on the
way down and was quite happy to get to Camp Muir.
Overall, a fun route under great conditions!
other than having to dig into 45 degree slope to camp before the summit, it's pretty similar to Disappointment Cleaver route (except a bit more technical and a few more Ice Falls to cross under.
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!