Made it to the top just in time for sunset with RMI group. Very tough but worth it!
Myself along with 3 other climbers and two guides from AAI made a winter attempt on the Muir route. We were stopped by heavy snow fall, very cold teamputures and high winds. Avalanche conditions we also dangerous. I was caught in a small slide that buried myself and one of our guides up to our waists.
The attempt was part of a 8 day Denali Prep/Winter Mountaineering course in preparation for my May 2008 attempt on McKinley.
beautiful climb on a big mountain!! conditions were perfect... summit day lenticular cloud on the summit, but was gone by the time we got there. also have done the fuhrer finger on the south side with similar conditions(i.e. bluebird)
Left Camp Muir at midnight, summited 6AM (cold!). Went with just one other partner realizing we'd need to prusic if dropped into anything.
High winds kept us on the Ingram glacier for five days and were unable to summit. But was a great time and learned a lot during RMI expedition seminar.
Climbed with an RMI six day expedition. Very demanding physically and so beautiful.
Summit day was a long slog. Skies were clear but it was horribly cold. We were the first ones to summit that day and had it to ourselves. Also paid a visit to Liberty Cap before returning to camp Shurman. I got quite an adrenaline rush on the ascent: I was on a two person rope team and my partner slipped during a breather without control of his axe. He picked up speed extremely fast. I was downslope of him and was able to arrest his fall when the rope went taut - he wasn't very far above a crevasse.
Incredible adventure up the traditional route. Team of 3 up early and hiking when a lightning and thunder storm swept around the mountain. We waited it out low on the cleaver as the storm passed to the south. Beautiful sights almost too close. After it was safe, we continued up and topped out in the sun. Climbed safely down avoiding a small hard snow/ice that nearly hit and RMI team.
CLIMBED VIA INGRAHAM GLACIER/DISAPPOINTMENT CLEAVER RTE WITH LVMC LED BY ALAN ANDRUNAS AND CHRIS RANSEL
via the Emmons Glacier and one failed attempt from Camp Muir.
One of my favorite summits ever!
Spent a night at Camp Muir, a night at Ingraham Flats, then summited after a 1am start in blowing, icy conditions near the summit.
CLIMBED THE DC ROUTE THEN THE 4 DAYS LATER CLIMBED EMMONS ROUTE THAT WAS A BLAST!!
We spent 3 nights at Muir. The first night a storm came through so we chose to wait. We went for the summit on the second night/morning. After returning from the summit we were just tired enough to enjoy spending a third night at Muir.
Reach the top twice via the Emmons Glacier once during the summer and once during the fall. 2 failed attempts via Camp Muir in the fall.
When I made my sucessful summit climb of Rainier in 1984,
there were no cell phones or i-pods. Our guide was Randy
Sackett. We had to hurry it along past the cleaver. Two
climbers were left behind there. The snow conditions were
for the most part favorable. You never know on Rainier!
Summited via the DC route. A lot of fun. Stayed a Muir after summiting and enjoyed a wonderful sunset and great night of camping.
Nice long hike up. Cold night start but a beautiful clear day.
Summited the DC route