We planned on summiting from the south side (Camp Muir). It was pretty late in the season, so the size of the crevasses made navigation difficult. We got up 2am on summit day and started our ascend at 3am after a good night's sleep in Camp Muir's public shelter. However, we had difficulties finding the trails. From talking to other climbers at CM, I knew that we had to go around the Disappointment Cleaver and reascend on the other (east) side.
I didn't know that we actually had to cross over even further onto Emmons Glacier. So we started wandering around looking for these little red flags but only found old ones that seemed to have been abandoned a while ago. Anyhow, my partner was already pretty tired from the day before after not having slept well for two nights straight and he started complaining about his hurting legs early on. So we decided to turn around noonish and made it back to CM 2.5 hours later. After an hour-long nap we descended
towards Paradise Visitor Center, which was painfully long after a long day on the mountain. We arrived shortly after sunset. I'll try again next year earlier in the season and with more water supplies. Boiling snow is a painfully slow process and the glacier water didn't taste very well either ;)
After a very succesfull year I was bound to have a failed attempt. We tried the Emmons glacier route from Shurman. The forecast was for a storm with terrible winds and the forecast was dead on, but a day early. We made it to about 11,000 feet before the weather turned us around. There is always next year.
80F day on the Muir snowfield, nearly cooked us! On the plus side, it never got below 40F at basecamp that night, and the summit was nice and warm the following morning. Went via the DC route, one large crevasse with suspect snowbridge (RMI put a ladder across it days later, apparently).
Reached the summit at 8:00am. Alternate route under DC. Windy as hell above 12/13k .
Great mountain, great company, great weather. Good times.
Left around 1130pm, summited at about 800am. Beautiful day looking down on the cloud deck. Can't wait to go back. Wonderful views.
Gorgeous! The trail going up dissapointment cleaver was very well trodden down. Impossible to get lost... Seeing the blue serracs was impressive. Can't wait to go back! We saw 3 boulders the size of cars fall near Ingram Glacier. eeeek! Walk quickly!
Saw a shooting star explode in the sky over on our way to the summit at about 2:00am. Even made a noise! Still can not believe to this day. I will have to double check my date is right...
Did the Emmons route on July 7th, 2007. Weather was perfect, route was in great shape, a few large crevasse crossings but pretty smooth sailing the rest of the way.
Not this time. My first backpacking trip ever. It was super hot. 2 day RMI climb. 4 day trip would have been much nicer and more likely to summit. DC rocks with crampons really isn't that pleasant! Despite the earlier hear I fell in love with my parka north of DC. I'll be back next year!
after a failed attempt 1 month earlier due to climber illness a friend and i returned for our second attempt. picked up two solo climbers (named kyle and jerome best i can recall) at camp muir- great guys. clear skies, warm temps, bright moon and a meteor shower to boot. summitted via the DC on the unusually clear morning of aug 13. what an awesome weekend
After two other unsuccessful ascents of Rainier on two different routes (due to weather and timing issues), I decided to guide a group of friends up. It was a very rewarding experience to get two inexperienced climbers up and safely down Mt. Rainier:)
LONG summit day, but lovely weather and we all made it to the top. The alternate route down and around the cleaver makes the climb more interesting, but longer. It was my Dad's 30th time on the summit.
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.