We all made the summit: Me, Joey, Lance, Joe and Lindsey. Very windy all the way up and 40-50 mph winds on top. Held up for one hour during ascent because of a girl who was blown off an ice bridge into a monster crevasse. She was shaken but fine after her extrication. Rainier is one BIG mountain, but I loved every minute of time spent on it.
Incredible climb...even if it was crowded, badly crevassed, etc (all the same stuff everyone hears about the route). Crevasse situations above the Disappointment Cleaver forced us on a long descending traverse towards the Emmons glacier which added some veritable vert to the trip.
Excellent Weather and some exciting terrain. Check out the exposure in the Pic I posted...
Our party of three dropped to two at Schurman. We climbed together with another party of three from Schurman. They left their third bivied at about 12,500 ft. Then, as two parties of two, with one noob on each rope, and moving fairly slowly, we reached the 25-ft, 55-degree bergschrund around 13,600 ft. It looked like a lot of fun to me, but sketched out one of the newbies. (He'd never swung an axe or clipped into protection.) Though I'm confident we could have continued up safely to the summit, we opted to stay together and head back down as a group.
What a great trip. The D.C. and weather were good. Our abilities and friendships are getting stronger. Awesome view from the top.
This is my third summit of Rainier. It was a 2 day ascent led by Kevin. We spent the first night at Ingraham Flat. We heard news of unusual rockfall danger on the cleaver and something about sketchy free-standing ladders higher up. As an alternate route we traversed below the cleaver over to the Emmons Glacier and after navigating some tricky crevasses we joined the upper Emmons route at about 13,500 feet. Only 4 of us reached the summit. 6 turned around because of severe altitude sickness. Above 13,000 I was coughing up some stuff and wondering about the bubbling sounds my lungs were making.
On the descent between the Ingraham Glacier and the Cowlitz Glacier Anna suffered a head injury from rock fall. We should have been wearing helmets at that point. I was able to stop the bleeding with a make-shift bandage and she did not show any signs of a concussion or brain injury. Her gear was divided up and we helped her get back down to Muir and the parking lot.
Great mountaineering route. Three of us soloed to the summit from Camp Hazard. We left camp around 12:30 AM and made it to the summit just before 6:00 AM. We descended the route and made it back to camp by noon. The conditions were as perfect as it gets on Rainier. Not bad for a bunch of guys over 50.
Great weather and even better climbing partners: Yannick, Zach, Jason, Kurt, Barnaby and Jeff. Thanks boys!
Since it was our first time attempting a glaciated peak we took the Disappointment Cleaver route. Camped at Camp Muir the first night, a windless night. Up at 03:00 to cool still conditions. Made it to Cathedral Rocks after some wandering around crevasses - everything was open by that time of the year. Reached the top of the Cleaver as the sun rose below us. Had the summit to ourselves, only 2 others from an RMI group had summited that day before us. Took our time heading back to Camp Muir and spent the afternoon and night there again to savour the whole experience.
Made the summit at 630a. Really windy, but it was a beautiful, sunny day!
Long day from Camp Sherman. Summit and all the way out to the car. Beautiful route to a very windy summit. Many thanks to Jeff, Laurie and Tracy for inviting me along. Great part of the world.
Got up early and headed to summit before RMI teams. Made for a quick approach (no waiting for folks) and some private time on the summit. Strong winds (45+) made the climb harder. A nice boot path all the way up. Views were amazing, though clouds prevented seeing much beyond the surrounding area.
Went with IMG great guides 13 hour summit day. Great weather all 4 days in the low 30's.
Great trip with great guides (5-day exp. seminar).
Beautiful weather, but we turned back right after getting on Disappointment Cleaver because of a team member's minor injury.
Climbed Rainier via the Emmons Glacier Route, with IMG. It was an awesome climb, in an equally awesome weather. On the top, we experienced some high winds, but, overall, the climb, weather, teammates, guides, and scenery was Excellent!
Weather was beautiful. Ate watermelon and cookies with the rangers on the summit at 11am.
Muir back to Paradise in 1 hour 29 minutes.
Participated in the American Lung Association's "Climb for Clean Air". Great people, great weather, great climb. Got me hooked!
Stopped just below the rim due to wind and a partner needing to go down. Beautiful mountain, fun route
I suppose the conditions are changing constantly on that
mountain. I did it in August of 1984.