This was my third attempt. Summitted (Columbia Crestand Point Success) early morning 7/27 with Paul Walter and Yafis Barlas after a 6 hour climb. Beautiful weather! We descended to Camp Muir and then to Paradise the next morning.
Our 4-person team summited via the DC Route. We left at 1AM under a calm cloudless sky and could not have asked for better weather or route conditions. After reaching the summit we climbed down to Muir, packed up, and headed down to Paradise the same afternoon. A great climb!
8-day Denali Prep through Alpine Ascents....had the time of my life! Awesome guides, awesome partners, lots of suffering!
Climbed it with my friends Paul & Denise, no guides. Great snow on the DC route. The cold weather made it easy to cross crevasses but it got very windy. It was a whiteout on top and certainly not a Kodak moment. The most challenging part was heading back down into the high winds at Cathedral ridge. Couldn't wait to wash the grit out of my mouth back at Muir. Looking forward to doing it again next year and hoping for better weather.
skied to muir and did the dc. good conditions...
Lots of snow still down to Paradise, but bluebird days. Early start from Camp Muir (~1am), summited at 6.20am. Got back to Muir and hiked back out the same day.
We were caught in a surprise lightning storm on the summit. Our glasses were humming, as were our packs and ice axes. We were both electrocuted numerous times.
DC with wicked wind on the summit.
Was turned back in 2001 due to avalanche conditions. Not this time! We made it to the summit on Saturday morning via the DC in perfect weather. Felt very strong all the way to the summit. The trail was in absolutely perfect condition. There was, however, a significant amount of rock fall and one climber on another team was hit in the face by a large rock. He had to be choppered off the summit. Luckily, he survived.
Climbed Rainier via the Disappointment Cleaver route with RMI back in '06. Perfect two days, great rope team, and to top it off, we made the true summit. RMI is a great service, but they do not go lightly on the pace.
Fantastic trip. Weds evening, hike to Glacier Basin. Thurs, climb to Emmons Flats. Friday, summit. High winds on the approach up to Emmon's Flats, but died down for the summit bid at 2am. Reached summit at about 620am and chilled at the summit for 2.5 hours on the hot rocks on the crater rim. Our group was the only to summit from Emmon's Glacier this day, while we witnessed dozens of the guided groups who came up from the DC route. Truly a different experience from our Colorado mountains. One in or group took a crevasse fall up to his chest but was able to pull himself out. Route was in great shape.
Great climb and near perfect weather.
Via the Emmons. Reached the summit at around 9am to beautiful clear but hazy skies. Massive thunderstorms hit the mountain the night before our approach to Emmons Flats. Within an hour after returning to our tents after the climb a massive thunderstorm hit that lasted well into the night. So much rain fell that my deadman anchors were completely exposed by morning. Private party of six. Great group.
Climbed to Schurman on the 31 then after a breezy evening (ranger said 80-90mph gusts)we got up at 1:30 but ended up waiting until 3:00 not wanting to be the first group up as neither of us has been on the hill before. We still ended up being the first to summit from Schurman. A few snow bridges are getting iffy (easily avoidable though), but the bridge over the bergschrund was still big and solid.
From camp Muir, we took the disapointment cleaver route. Great weather and climb. Had major thunder storm and lightning at Muir the night before.
Been to Rainier several times and due to various reasons, only made it on my first attempt and that was on Liberty Ridge. See trip report my "Liberty Ridge, I Don't Want to Turn Back!"
First glacier climb. Climbed with IMG. Summited at sunrise on a perfectly clear day.
I lead a group of Rainier first-timers up the DC on June 29th and was both blessed and burdened by the heatwave that hit the west coast. Luckily our concerns were mitigated by an extremely early alpine start (11:15 pm). After getting stuck behind a few slow parties on the route, we summited around 5. There were virtually no exposed crevasses to cross and minimal rockfall on the DC (despite the heat).
An amazing (two-part) weekend on Mount Rainier.
Crevasse Rescue - Long 13 hour day up on the Nisqually Glacier practicing crevasse rescue techniques. Unbelievably cool experience.
Mount Rainier Summit Attempt - After the exhausting crevasse seminar, six good friends and I attempted to summit Mount Rainier. Long haul up to Camp Muir, three hours of sleep, late start and fatigue from crevasse rescue stopped us at 12,600 ft. Our decision to turn around 1,800 ft shy of the summit was easy. We were all exhausted.
After following 6 straight weeks of terrible weather we were really lucky to hit a window of 3 perfect days in which to make our climb. The mountain did not dissapoint. Went up via DC route. Summited about 6 AM. Many thanks to my family for celebrating Father's Day a week early so this could be my true gift.