Mount Rainier Climber's Log

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GMatthews - Jun 19, 2006 1:32 am Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2006

Disapointment Cleaver  Sucess!

I went on the 5 day RMI camp Muir seminar. It was great fun and we had some really great guides. It took are group a just under 11 hours roundtrip from camp Muir to reach columbia crest
(4,392M) summit. This was a great trip.


sierramtngoat - Jun 16, 2006 8:06 am Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2001

Disappointment Cleaver

Straight up, I will never again climb with RMI. I'm not sure what is more stupid, sending an unscreened team of newbies up a scree pile in crampons, or doubling the pace at 13,000 ft. to make up for lost time. Needless to say, no one on my rope summitted, but I did get the satisfaction of seeing our "leader" fall on his face down-climbing the scree I questioned him on going up. What a bone head operation. I would have easily summitted had he not changed the pace after everyone else had dropped off; in hind-sight, I think he did it on purpose so we wouldn't be just two on a rope.


thenunz - Jun 9, 2006 3:58 am Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006

Where's the sumitt?  Sucess!

See Michael's comments below.


iwlclmeverest - Jun 6, 2006 5:18 pm Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2003

Blast  Sucess!

It could be a difficult climb, but we were blessed with great perfect conditions and fun people. Great climb.


MichaelJ - Jun 5, 2006 3:58 pm Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006

Liberty Ridge in six days  Sucess!

On Memorial Day I set off with Scott and Chris to tackle LR. We spent the first night on Curtis Ridge and encountered heavy snow conditions before getting to Thumb Rock around 10k on LR by the second night. We made it to 13k the next day before a storm forced us to bivy. We had two more days of bad weather, including about 5 feet of fresh snow, and two more high bivies, the last of which was about 200 below the Liberty Cap summit, although we couldn't see this in the storm. Winds gusting to around 100 mph the last night almost wrecked the tent and forced us out in the gale to fix anchors a couple times. Summit day was beautiful but Scott got frostbite on all his fingers and three toes.

T Sharp

T Sharp - May 28, 2006 9:22 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2003

Several Summits  Sucess!

I have been on 7 climbs of Mt. Rainier with 3 succesful summits all via the Dissapointment Cleaver. I have made 2 winter attempts,notably a Jan.1 2000 attempt that was turned away due to high avalanche conditions. I have been unsuccesful on the Kautz and The Gib Ledges. I have also been up to St. Elmos Pass
but turned around due to bad weather.


PellucidWombat - May 24, 2006 2:35 am Date Climbed: May 20, 2006

Route Climbed: Disappointment Cleaver  Sucess!

Weather forced us to bed down at Camp Muir rather than contining on to Igraham Flats Friday night. Snow threatened to shut us down, but by 1am the weather was clear, and we were on the summit by 8am. The sound of a collapsing serac far below was the highlight of the descent.

Our group's speed was rather slow (still faster that the guided groups we got entagled within), so I had enough energy to sprint up the final slope to the summit after crossing the crater. That makes this the 2nd 14er where I've sprinted to the summit :-D

Now I've got to come back and do Liberty Ridge!


MichaelJ - Jun 12, 2006 9:26 pm

Re: Route Climbed: Disappointment Cleaver

Mark, one way to speed up the rope would have been not to use a leash on your ice ax, as everyone had to stop everytime we hit a switchback and you had to change hands. Even on Liberty Ridge I rarely used the leashes on my ice tools, except when leading across snow bridges when a fall was a real possibility.

aretewalker - May 17, 2006 9:07 pm Date Climbed: May 14, 2006

Dissapointment Clever  Sucess!

Left Camp Muir at 12:30 am. Reach the summit before 8 am. Great weather and snow conditions. Good boot path with hand ropes installed the previous day on DC by RMI guides.


Mjollnir - May 6, 2006 5:12 am Date Climbed: May 4, 2006

Liberty Ridge  Sucess!

From Ipsut campgound. With Tauru Chaw. Snow and ice on the route were great. High winds on top. Descent was torture. Absolutely awesome climb.
Climbed Gib Ledges on Feb 3rd 2009 w/ Jack Barben


km_donovan - Apr 16, 2006 3:10 am Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2002

Dissapointment Clever  Sucess!

Camped the first night at "Camp Condom" and took a leisurely walk up to Ingram Flats and departed from there at midnight. Funny to see the sea of torches at Camp Muir. Stayed at the Flats another night and watched the stream on RMI clients schlepping past our camp as we sipped hot beverages.


TM - Apr 10, 2006 5:31 am

various  Sucess!

World-class mountain, nice neighbor for Seattle. Good skiing too.


nayrb - Apr 9, 2006 11:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2015

Summit on Rainier!  Sucess!

Aug 23, 2015 - 10 years later, I made it back up to the top and tapped the summit w/ my good friends Charlie, Mike, & Clay. Beautiful day to be on the high ridges. Crazy amount of ladders and crevasses to maneuver around. Lots of fires and smoke below us and to the West ... made for a surreal experience while ascending from Camp Muir at night.
Disappointed by the Cleaver ... (July, 7, 2005) - Made it to just over 11,000 feet before heavy snow, wind, & snow slab got too bad. Climbed w/ my friend Clay, using RMI as our guide service. Left Muir Hut at 12:30 AM for summit attempt.


ericd - Mar 28, 2006 10:04 pm Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2001

Success Cleaver

Georgeous approach, suspension bridge, lots of grassy knolls near Pyramid Mtn to place an intermediate base camp on. Although frequent rock slides and avalanches that sound like dynamite, daylight climbing was our strategy. At 10,000' realized this was becoming a night climb, decended to climb another day.


ericd - Mar 28, 2006 9:55 pm Date Climbed: May 25, 2002

Gib Ledges

Got cliffed out in crampons. Expedient route to the 12000' level. Although steeper, will try to stay on upper glacier next time to make better purchases.


ericd - Mar 28, 2006 9:47 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2003

Dissapointment Clever  Sucess!

Tough workouts to the top, burnt 10,000 calories, lost 10lbs, experienced euphoria above 12000' all for FREE! Wear a balaclava and everything will be good! This route is do-able solo, but of course safety in numbers.


Fuggedaboudit - Mar 26, 2006 10:16 pm Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2005

Emmons w/ Crevasse Fall  Sucess!

Climbed with David V. from CA who I met for the first time in Seattle the day before our climb started. Originally we had thought about Lib Ridge but after crossing St. Elmo's pass decided to backtrack and shoot for the Emmons instead, too late in the season for that route. Day 2 went back over St. Elmo's pass and up to Schurman, it was packed so we were told by rangers to camp on the Flats. About ten minutes north of Schurman David, who was leading took a crevasse fall. The crevasse was completely covered by flat snow, and about 10 feet from a wand! He went in 10' at first until I arrested his fall, and as I was trying to get a fluke in he went in another 10' pulling me with him till I really got a good brace. I was WIDE awake now. Built an anchor and was building pulley system when two guys came along so we just muscled him out. Dave was uninjured and had a positive attitude so we camped and slept. Up at midnight, roped up at 2AM. LOTS of parties, maybe 50 climbers were heading up in all. We were third party. Summit about 10AM. My first time over 12,000' and was happy that I felt fine. It was painful because my boots had rubbed the back of my heels and achiles so raw on approach that the skin came off. Uneventful descent, except that the feet and slush were a painful combination. This was my third time to Rainier, but first with good weather, no rain for the entire trip! It really is a big mountain, keep your head down and keep going you will make it!!!


Bagger - Mar 3, 2006 8:04 am Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2005

First time's a charm  Sucess!

At the summit, this guy in a one-piece GorTex camo-hunting jumpsuit sits down and pulls out a can of Budwiser. Drinks half and shares the other half with the mountain. If you are going to be stupid, at least haul up something good like a Newcastle.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Mar 3, 2006 4:49 am Date Climbed: Jul 9, 1990

Standard Route  Sucess!

Great Mountain! Had perfect weather. Unbelievable clear, cloudless views in all directions.


atavist - Mar 2, 2006 4:36 am

route: DC  Sucess!

This was my first climb to use crampons. Somehow they stayed attached to my feet, despite them being strapped to my adidas trailrunners. I climbed this mountain solo. I summitted around 8pm. I descended to Muir Hut, packed up my gear and made the full descent to the lodge in the full moon. As I approached the Lodge, a dense fog descended upon me creating the illusion that time had stopped and I was stuck in a dream. This was a great climb.

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