Denali Prep trip. After living in Seattle and staring at Rainier for 34 years it was funny to have to fly back to Seattle (after moving to Michigan) to climb it. Took the Emmons Glacier Route and had an uneventual trip except for the Scarpa's that made hamburger out of my feet .... note to self .... not good to break in new boots on Rainier!
This was my second summit of Rainier. This was done with my outdoor Group S.O.L.A.R from Michigan. We had two rope teams of 3. All were succesful. The weather was great the whole climb. We camped just below Muir and then at Ingraham flats. This trip was different from my last in that above the Cleaver, we had to traverse ccw around the mountain about 0.5 miles to avoid Cevasses.
This was my first experience with Alpine / Glacier mountaineering. Three skydiving friends and I did the 4 day custom climb with RMI on the Disappointment cleaver route. We had great guides, Cory Ravio and Gary Talcot. The first day we hiked up the Muir Snowfield from Paradise to just below Camp Muir. The next day we made a short hike to Camp Muir (10,000 feet) and practiced falls and learned rope travel. We then continued up another 1,000 feet to Ingraham Flats at 11,000 feet. We went to bed early, 6pm, for a 12am summit push. At 12am, our guides told us we were waiting for the gusting 60mph winds to calm down before climbing. We eventually started climbing at 3am. With a full moon, and twilight at 4am, we hardly used our headlamps. The cleaver was very icy that morning. The pick of my Ice axe barely made a dent in the ice on the cleaver. Scary. By the time we made it to the top of the cleaver, the sun was up, still the winds were gusting 40mph. We summited by 8am. The crater was less windy than the actually summit. We had two rope teams. (two guides, 4 from michigan, and a son and mother from Seatle) Four of us had enough energy to sign the summit log and stand on the actual summit on liberty ridge. It was only a 5 min hike extra, big deal. Since it was a very clear day, and just after the summer solsist. The snow/ice warmed up very fast. We didn't stay long on the summit as a result. Hazzards of ice and rock fall. By the time we got to the Cleaver, the previous ice turned into a silkly/slippery mess. We moved fast at this point to avoid rock and ave 's. Over all, I had a great time. Took great photos.
Very nice climb, spent last night camped on the crater just below the summit. Conditions were not quite formed yet for ice. It was more of a snow slog, but still lots of fun! Glissading descent a blast! Climbed with Pablo Puruncajas.
Last time up Rainier. Reached the summit on the forth day of an expedition training course. Excellent training regardless. Summit cloud covered the mountain upon our arrival at Columbia Crest. Good news was the weather broke when we arrived at the sign in box on the other side of the crater. Mostly clear on the decent. WHAT A VIEW!!!
Perfect weather, perfect conditions, perfect climb. First time on Rainier. Unbelievable. We will be going back.
Up the Emmons Glacier, did a sunset climb. Left Camp at 2:15 and were back by 11 pm. Great Climb.
Biggest and best mountain in the Northwest. Have summited several times by different routes. Allways a joy to climb Rainier.
Great Climb, perfect weather!
made it via Camp Muir route with Stephen Wilcox & Thomas Straub of New Haven Connecticut. They were trained in one day and made it up and back alive to tell about it.
bad weather at Camp Schurman kept us from attempting. With Alex Neckas + Ron; great climbing teachers.
Emmons Route, spent two nights went spelunking.
DC route with RMI. Long day but what a great mountain. z
A long day.
went up the dc route. awesome weather, rockfall was sketchy. we saw a guy being choppered out after taking one one the face.
Windy. For photos see link:
Climbed with the "California Mountaineering Group"
Weather thwarted our attempt this time. Our tents were pelted with rain/snow mix for 12 hours straight at Camp Muir before we decided to call it off and head back to Paradise. White out conditions and avalanche danger were the biggest threats. Oh well, next time.
Made it up the DC climbing with RMI for the Summit For Someone program. This is a new high point for me and was the most rewarding climb I have done yet.
Climbed this in Sept. '02 with John Reyher after finding out that the crevasses on both the Tahoma and Kautz were too open to climb. Really dry conditions so we didn't bother roping up until the descent, which really didn't make any sense. A wonderful adventure followed by a dinner of salmon and redhooks at Paradise.
Great climb. DC route was unpassable up top due to a wide crevasse so the route went below the cleaver and up the Emmons.