Lberty Ridge Wanted to avoid the crowds on DC Route and be alone well i avoided the crows untlill near tev summit . and was notalone met a guided gruop on they upo I thik the guide posts here
We had a perfect clear, cold day to climb the Disappointment Cleaver route on Mount Rainer we made the summit a little before 7am.
no snow and a dry year made for very challenging conditions on the dissapointment cleaver route. no one had summited due to a very open glacier. we found a way through it by going a differnt way, but still not very difficult. had trouble jumping a big crevasse on the way up and really screwed up my knee jumping it on the way down. us and two others were only ones to summit that day...at least 30 people tried, even a guided group.
long way down with a hurt knee, no climbs for awhile after that.
Wow - I loved my Rainier experience. Big mountain feel. Watching the headlamps of teams leaving camp Muir at 1AM is a sight I will never forget!
A great climb from start to finish! Joined up with 3 other SP'ers that took the time to show a newbie the correct/safe way to climb a mountain.
I climbed it twice; once last summer and then a few years back. This first time was up through Camp Schurman, very cool route. The second time was up DC. A lot mellower but still fun. I think a winter ascent would be sweet.
Climbed Rainier up the chossy DC route during Perseids with a couple of awesome friends. We decided to go light and do it with one push from the cars, stopping only briefly at the Ingraham Flats to melt some snow. Got up to the flats, stopped for about 2 hours, and then continued up. We were on at the top of the cleaver by 1PM to be absolutely stunned by the meteor showers taking place! Green streaks and flashes across the sky. A truly magical moment. We breaked often to sit back and watch the show. We made it to the summit at 4AM, took a 30 minute nap, full of compulsive shivering and then watched sunrise from the crater rim. No wind and perfect weather... Mmmm
A couple friends and I decided to climb Rainier before the 2004 Highpoint convention that was held in Pullyup. We opted for the DC route and spent two days on the mtn. We had perfect weather and had a somewhat restful night at the Muir hut. Three years later I still remember the miserable hike back to the car on the paved Paradise trails in my plastic boots. The extra weight of running shoes in the pack would have been worth their weight in gold!
Great trip- perfect weather- not a cloud for 4 straight days. Snow was a bit soft on descent.
Physically there. Mentally not into it. Cold, Windy, Foggy. Will be back to savor the experience again with a different attitude.
Lovely, but will do a different route next time.
Great Climb with good weather! Expertly guided by Craig VanHoy.
Great climb. Weather was kind until the last 4 hours,when it decided to pour down :-)
Good climb, hit the weather just about perfect. It was windy as heck though. Kind of a slog, next time I will attempt a more technical or more direct route.
Me and colleague of mine, Felix, succesfully did a two-day climb to the summit of Mt. Rainier.
On Aug 22nd 2006 we started early in the morning (8a.m.) at Paradise, and arrived Camp Muir at 1p.m. with sunny, but a little windy weather. Then, at 1a.m. on Aug 23rd we started the final climb to the summit. We found ourselves inbetween two commercial groups, only two other private groups were heading for the summit. After climbing Disappointment Cleaver, it was very stormy
and we were thinking about returning to Camp Muir. But we decided to go on for 20minutes, and fortunately the route was leading to the upper part of the Emmons Glacier, where the wind was fine.
Finally, we reached the summit at 8.30a.m.. We had perfect weather and a great view. All, but a two-people-party, seem to
have reached the summit that day!
Going back to Camp Muir was exhaustive, because it was very hot.
There are two reasons for the success of our climb:
1. RMI did a very good job in preparing a 'highway' to the summit. Thanks for that!
2. The weather was great.
Finally, I have to thank the Park Rangers for getting me out of the crevasse near the campground and for lending me an ice axe!
Route was in mediocre condition. Weather was spectacular. See the trip report.
Profound experience, even all these years later. Second attempt, both with my college friend Vic Caro. First, in May '97, met with whiteout the whole way to Muir Camp. This time, great weather and me better mentally prepared. What a thrill!
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