Picture perfect day for a summit. Blue skies as far as the eye could see.
Was part of Old Ickabod's team. His summit log is posted with detail a couple before mine. It was a much rougher day than I anticipated and very humling with the crevasse incident. Being dragged towards the crevasse was quite a rush, Wahoo!!! Our team did a good job pulling it together and reaching the summit. Thanks to my buddies for a great experience.
Our enthusiasm was curbed somewhat by the news that a fellow climber had died on our planned ascent route (Gib Ledges). Rest in peace Mike, and may your friends and family find comfort.
We decided to do Ingraham instead. We found the going not technically difficult and route-finding was not a problem. However, it was physically strenuous (it is a big mountain). We reached the rim just after sun-rise expecting to be the only ones there, but a group of hardy Czechs were camped out in the crater!
Thanks to my partners Al and Pat, with extra thanks to Ed, who did most of the planning and led the entire climb.
Spectacular feeling to reach the summit! As I led through the Ingraham Icefall, a snowbridge I was crossing collapsed and I plunged 30 feet before being arrested by my two team members (dragging one of them 10 feet toward the crevasse). I sustained no physical injuries, but I was rocked emotionally. They hauled me up with spectacular leadership from the RMI Guides that came up behind us. My nerves were shot, but my commitment to the team was strong. We continued cautiously with Kevin Wright leading and we summited after 9 hours. We retraced our steps from 13,000 to Camp Muir in a whiteout. 13 hours roundtrip with two spectacular teammates. It was a true life changing experience, but I learned a lot on the trip. Rainier is now a huge part of my life. Special thanks to Kenny Hays who self arrested the moment he saw me disappear into the crevasse and to Kevin Wright for setting the anchor and assisting in the rescue just as quick!
We successfully summitted; however, we had a couple near disasters including one crevasse rescue. Please see the trip report for details, and if you're considering this route this year, be hyper-vigilant and always ready for a crevasse rescue!
Summited on a very busy day. Difficult to attend to bodily functions on summit, as stage fright overcame me. Some nuts camping in crater, selling soft drinks and programs.
Excellent weather: sun, almost no wind, warm, great visibility.
May 26: ascent from Paradise to Camp Muir (~6-7 hrs)
May 27: rest, play around
May 28: ascent to the top (~13 hrs round-trip; ~9 hrs up, and ~4 hrs down; started ascent at 2am, summited by 11 am)
May 29: rest, play, descent to Paradise
Team: Dmitry Eremin, Lev Gorenshtein, Anton Karnoup, Polina Savchenko, Serguei Pachtchenko, Vitaly Autin, Sergey Mikhailov.
Began at 1am from Muir under perfect conditions. Light snow at 3am turned to full blown blizzard conditions at about 5am (13,200') so we had to turn back. ID route was in great shape but is expected to fall apart in the next couple of weeks.
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.