Some friends wanted to climb Rainier via the 'I-5' route. Since I had never been up this way, I thought I'd give it a try. Rainier is always a great climb, and dodging the RMI groups was fun, but there are just simply too many folks on this route!
Inter to Emmons / Winthrophis is my favorite route up. From Schurman, in the evening, the view is spetacular as the sun sets over Puget Sound and the Olympics.
This make No. 5 on top for me!
First glacier ascent, and proud to say without help from RMI. Went up to Camp Muir in complete white-out, which was good in a way because I can't imagine how demoralizing it must be to go up the snowfield when you can actually see how far you'd have to go.
Stayed in the public shelter overnight and headed for summit at 2:30 am. Second day was completely clear and sunny. Gorgeous weather, except for the 30+ mph wind during the last 1.5 hours before reaching summit. Came down too late. Snow was melting out big time! Mad dash for Muir from the summit, and reached Muir around 4 pm.
Post-holing in thigh deep snow all the way down the snowfield, which sucked big time. I was really glad to get to solid ground after Pebble Creek. Back to bottom before 8 pm. 24 hours of hiking in 36 hours.
Fantastic but tough trip wth RMI. Was privilaged to be on Win Wittaker's rope team. Left Camp Muir at 1am, and reached summit at 6.28. Fog on the way up and bright blue skies on the way down. Brutal pace down saw us at Paradise for 2pm. Great Trip.
first cascade for this new englander - great mountain - tough mountain - we had great weather. have to says thanks to rmi for grooming this route even though we didn't go with them
An awesome day! Saw Brent Okita as he descended on his 303rd summit! Told him to watch out - I was only 302 behind :) (He is truly, "the man!"). We took a one day refresher course with RMI, adn have only the highest praise for their organization. They treated our self guided group as one of theirs.
Snow bridges a bit shaky in spots (I'm not the lightest), so we hopped all of them. Route will be moved again as the seracs crossing over to Emmons look ready to take a ride. 9 of our group of 12 summitted
GREAT conditions... snowbridges are thinning, but still do-able.
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17 hr. round trip. Really nice boot pack allowed us to move fast. Cool ice formations.
My best climb yet with my Ol' Buddy Chad. 3rd generation Walsher to climb the mountain. Words can't describe the mountain.
High winds above 10,000 ft. Great camping at the Flats, around 11,500, makes for the easier summit day.
Left the parking lot late afternoon to get to Glacier Basin for a great nights sleep. Super warm, so we got a pre dawn start up the Inter glacier. Got to the bottle neck just past camp curtis upon the descent of the prow. Helped a large group of climbers from Michigan that were terrified of the rotten rock along the prow. Made it to Schurman for some lunch and a restful afternoon in the hot sun. Got up at 11pm to high winds and a start up the Emmons by Midnight. The track was pretty choppy as there has not been any new snow for some time. The trail is fairly straight forward this year and most of it can be seen from below. Stay right and go around the bergschrund. It will take you to the saddle between Columbia Crest and the Russel Cliffs. Summited by 6:30 with 50+MPH winds and sub freezing temps. Back down to Schurman by 10am. Loaded up and went back to the cars. 15,000 feet elevation change in one day is alot, especially on 2 hours sleep. What a beautiful mountain.
Great climb with my buddy Ol' Walsher. RMI led us to the top and I can't say enough about their performance on the mountain. The view from the top was incredible - from Mt. Baker to Mt. Jefferson, with the skyscrapers of Seattle clearly visible next to Puget Sound. An amazing mountain!
Made it to 12500' before we were stormed back. A plane load of rodeo cowboys hit the mountain during that storm.
Great climb with RMI, 51 degrees F at 12:15 a.m. at Muir to start out, zero wind on summit, and really hot on descent, as we cut new switchbacks down the cleaver.
1st Rainier summit on my birthday. Blue sky and no wind. While warm, route was in reasonable condition. Mostly still snow on the Cleaver. Lots of route wander up high to skirt the slots. Start climb just after midnight. Muir to summit in about 6 hours. Back to Paradise parking lot at 2PM.
My third time climbing and my second summit. I'll be back up on top again in a week or so.
We started Friday afternoon and reached the summit from Ingraham Flat 6:30 AM on Sunday. We were unusually lucky as far as weather goes. Only one white-out on the way to Muir and mild wind all day Sunday. We missed a giant avalanche on the cowlitz glacier by about a half hour. It looked like it came down from Cadaver Gap. One rock was the size of a large house. Eleven of our party of thirteen summited.
Three of us left at about midnight, so we ended up dealing with the RMI people all the way up. The weather was perfect this weekend and made this climb very enjoyable. We hit the summit at about 7AM, as we were taking it pretty easy. We headed back to camp for a nap and some food. The hike out treated us with visits from a marmot and quite a few friendly deer. The flowers were amazing. Looking forward to next year, maybe we'll try the Ingraham Direct.
THE THREE HUNT BROTHERS JEFF,TOM,AND DAVID SUMMITED WITH RMI LEAD GUIDE BRENT OKITA, HIS 300TH SUMMIT.
After an unnsuccesful summit attempt the day before (high winds at 12.5K), we left Emmons Flats among some 10-20 other teams at 1:30AM.
Despite frequent traffic jams, we made good progress and reached the summit near 7:30AM. The most interesting obstacle of the route was the bergschrund near 13.5K.
I suspect that the kick-step ladder-bridge would be gone within the next day or two, which would make for a long traverse over the
saddle to the north from the established route.
It was quite windy near the summit, so we opted to stay on snow (rime ice) and head southwest directly into the crater rather than for the
Just over the crest, large sections of warm, steaming soil were exposed and there was not wind, making for a great place to make some miso soup!
We walked over to the summit, met some friends who ascended the DC route,
took some pics, walked over to the summit register, packed up and headed down shortly after 10:00AM.
Overall, a great climb and a great mountain. Would do it again any time!