This was the first day suitable to ascend in a week. Beautiful clear day. Slower groups turned back as the glaicier was loosening up by mid to late morning.
Started 7/17. Spent a day at basecamp at Ingrahm Flats. Summit on the 19th with perfect conditions.
Tremendous wind storm, so we turned back (in the dark). One member of our party became injured, so it was a slow journey back down. With RMI
Great weather, camped at Ingerham Flats. Hope to come back sometime for a more challenging route.
September 27, 2006: DC, Columbia Crest in one push from Paradise
July 14, 2007: Emmons Glacier, Columbia Crest & Liberty Cap
Third times the charm!
The best time of my life. The finger was great, did it by moonlight. Was completely exhausted by the summit which was blowin' at over 60mph. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!
This was the first time I've climbed Ranier and it was unbelievable. We took the Emmons route and it was awesome weather the whole way. Summit day it got pretty windy on the way up and towards the top there were some scetchy spots but we made it. At the summit the winds were about 50 mph and almost took us out. All in all an experience I'll never forget and will probably do again.
Great weather, great people. Can't wait to go back.
Took the Emmons with wife and friend. Turned around in the night on summit day because of bad weather and headed back to Camp Schurman.
Climbed Kautz Glacier with T. Haines, C.Coulson, and K. Sorenson
Easily the most physically demanding thing I've ever done. Absolutely incredible experience!
First time on Rainier, loved it what a mountain
Best of times good friends, good conditions, all down happy and healthy
We heard rockfalling above the Cowlitz until about 11 pm that night. So we delayed our summit until it got a little colder. We left about 1 am and had a safe and uneventful climb. The snow/ice was good the whole way. It was warm on our return. It took 7 hours up and 4 hours down with plenty of time for breaks, pics, food, etc.
Summited at 10 am on a sunny and very hot day (t-shirt weather on top). Spectacular glaciers and views. Descent was uneventful in a good way as there were a lot of potential hazards due to the warmth.
Second summit on June 14th, 2009 via the DC again.
Went with a buddy from home we used RMI they have a great program summited at 7 am perfect weather no clouds or wind.
4 climbs so far. 2 successful. the first was my first and uneducated glacier climb with my buddy. we are lucky nothing happened. we didn't know what we were doing...but we got some good pics. then a success the next year with the same guy. and again the following year with some fellow SP friends. and then a failure last weekend because a member of our party bit off more than he could chew and we had to turn around. oh well. back up in two weeks. done DC 3 times and emmons once. one more for emmons this month. then maybe a new one in august.
A great day on a special mountain. Terrific conditions, strong party.
Successful 10 times:
2 Ingraham Direct
2 Kautz Glacier
3 Emmons / Winthrop
First time was number 38 of my 49 state high points.