Crazy winter climb. It was way above my head at the time.
Planned to climb it since the first time I saw it (1951, 4 years old). Was a gunea pig for one of Larry Penberthy's altitude sickness experiments.
My partner and I joined up with another team of 2 to make it safer. Made the top from Muir hut during a slim weather window between 2 storms. Fantastic mountain!
We arrived in Paradise on the 19th and decided on a spur-of-the-moment climb. The same day we headed up and camped on the snowfield after the big warning sign. The next day we headed up to Camp Muir. At 1:30am on the 21st we set out for the summit. I remember being very nervous. It was my first time on a heavily glaciated mountain and my first time above 11,000 feet. As we approached the top of the Cleaver, our flashlight's bulb burned out. Luckily there was a big moon to light the rest of the way. We made it to the top just after dawn. There was no wind or clouds and there were supremely great views. On the descent, coming around the base of the Cleaver, we had to run over verglassed pumice to escape heavy rockfall--it was a terrifying close call. All in all, a great experience but draining due to the dangerous conditions.
I was up on the mountain in early July, on the Emmons route and tried to summit twice, once turned back when some in our group got cold, then with another group we were turned back by high winds at 12, 800'. Back to the mountain solo in September, I hooked up with another guy out of Muir but he turned back after the cleaver, I continued on to the crater alone. Again, about 65 mph winds up there. Great Mountain, will be back!
Perfect weather, with a great bunch of climbers, this was a benefit climb for Big City Mountaineers. Ten on the summit at 7am, five hours from Camp Muir to the top.
Left camp Muir at 2am and topped DC to see the most beautiful sunrise. A snow bridge just above it had collapsed and we had to step over about 4 feet. We returned down the Emmonds and cut across the bottom of the cleaver. Absolute perfect weather no wind and a few wisps of clouds.
Approach in clouds using compass and altimeter. Long summit day, but well worth it. Climbed with my Bro-in-Law, Craig Sanford. My boots were to small and the descent smashed my toes...numb for months!
Climbed with Brian Jenkins and dkantola. Boot track route in good shape. Winds picked up for final 1500 feet to summit, and were very fierce. Fun climb though, and DC route is a little more interesting IMO than the Emmons. Be sure to bring your sleeping bag, lol, and prepare for lots of flying grit at camp when the winds pick up!
Rain to Camp Muir, but otherwise perfect. I would recommend using RMI for this mountain to anyone, my guides were great. Great hike!
Great climb in full moon with fantastic new friends from summitpost.
Made it to 12,400 and got hit with a very unpleasant freezing rain/ice storm, which turned to snow. Very strong winds and very cold above 11,500. Great mountain!!
After failing on an attempt of Ingraham Direct in February, finally was able to tick this one off. Climbed with thundercloud and dkantola. Thinking it would be warmer at Muir, I only took a bivy sack and no sleeping bag. Bad idea, was very windy. Froze and got no sleep. Thermarest pad deflated too. Laid there with the rope wrapped around my legs trying to keep warm.
Anyway, we started about 1:45 am and got up quickly to Ingraham Flats. The Cleaver is a rotting mess but we scrambled up it and then around lots of crevasses on the glacier. Winds got pretty heavy near the top, on the summit we could lean into it and it would hold us up. Glad to get this one done. Now only Glacier Peak and Garibaldi to do to complete the Cascades.......
Great climb away from the crowds. 2 fun ice pitch between 40 and 60 degrees. We carried our gear over and went down DC, which was a highway but made it a faster descent.
This was my first snow and ice climb ever and I am grateful to have reached Rainier's summit by this incredible route. We stood on top of Columbia Crest around 8:00 am Thursday July 21. Conditions were wondeful until we hiked out the last day in the rain. We had no injuries or accidents and everyone got along marvelously. Our guides were great, the food was delicious and the service and hospitality was world-class. I look forward to other similar adventures and hope to cross paths with these fine folks again.
Went up to 3200m, had injury on ice. Slow went down. Next time
Climbed from 7/5 to 7/10.,ascending the Kautz glacier summitting on the 7th; however because of white out conditions while camping in the summit crater, we were tent bound for 36 hours. So then we descended down the Emmons glacier to camp Schurman, and then to White River campground on the 10th. Awesome trip even with some adverse weather!!!
We had great weather, which made for a wonderful climb. The route had a lot of open crevasses this year, with a lot of great views down into some. Took an extra day at Muir to rappel down into a couple of crevasses which was a great experience. I love this mountain!
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!