My first ice/snow climb, even though I've been on a dozen other 14ers in CO & CA. Went with RMI guide services. Climb went incredibly smoothly. No problems at all. Spent an hour on the summit... calm winds and temps in the high 20s. Warm day for Rainier. Very hot on lower slopes as we descended. Went up from Camp Muir (starting at 12:45am), up Disappointment Cleaver and summitted at 6:31am. Great day.
Did it as part of a week-long climbing seminar with the guide service. Summit day was windy, but also the only clear day the whole week!
Great climb. Real late in the season, so we had to do a lot of route finding. Also could only stay on top for 5 min. because dark clouds were moving in fast. I went the day before, but had to turn back. So on my second attempt, I made it! The view stank though.
5.25 hrs. round trip from camp at Emmons flat. Was expecting lots of people and sure enough...can't expect a wilderness experience, but it was beautiful none the less. Worth doing for sure.
Exceptionally warm weather but we made sure to be the first out of Camp Muir. Great summit and a surprisingly great route!
The comrodery between us (Carl, Marc, Sean & Anton) was outstanding! A great team!
Finally successful on my 5th attempt!
And it sure meant a lot once I finally made it!
Very memorable night at camp Hazard. Slept in a snow cave and listened to the glacier calve off through the night.
One steep pitch where we used numerous pickets and a couple ice screws and a couple quick runs through the bowling alley added to the memories! Awesome mountain!!!
We did it. Perfect weather, great climbers, an amazing experience. Helped to remind me just how small I really am, Mount Rainier is hallowed ground and I will definitly be back.
Lived in Seattle for 18 years, finally tapped the summit of Rainer. Perfect weather, summited right at sunrise after leaving Muir around 1130. Took Emmons route because of the number of crevasses that had opend up along the DC route.
Best trip and weather I have ever been on. I heard that Rainier is not famous for views, but it has some of the best. TR and pics forthcoming.
First summit of the season. Three down now, in varying conditions.
Winds died down a bit today allowing us to make it when others day before were all turned back on this route. One scary as hell crossing of an ice "bridge" along a thin ledge over a gnarly crevasse where a fall would have meant death for sure. Not too bad in the dark, though, really, and the rest of the route was pretty routine although long and painful of course.
Plenty of snow bridges rapidly thinning hopefully the park service will be assiting with route adjustments this week as I don't think several of them can last much longer.
Weather sucked. Turned back at around 11.7k. I'll hopefully be back.
Great conditions with a full moon.
Lucky with the weather. Whiteout the day in, bad weather last day, but we got a break in the middle. Windy and cold but clear for the summit day.
via the DC with 3 other SP'er. Great partners, excellent weather. Thx guys! Looking forward to the next one.
I climbed the DC with three great climbers I met right here on summit post! The entire trip was great and I thank my fellow Sp ers for a fantastic time! Summit #2
My first summit of Rainier. Great climb and mountain! Me and three other SP'ers (Mickowitsch, Hotfeet & gcap) were lucky to get a nice weather window. Would love to go back and climb a different route.
2nd Summit - July 12, 2012: via the Kautz Glacier. Great climb and again perfect weather made for a successful day!
Great moonlit night and a beautiful day in the midst of a weather system that brought afternoon thunderstorms to the upper mountain. Climbed above a sea of clouds. Took 3 days this time, feels much more pleasant despite the fact that I was not in very good shape.
Wanted to go after Liberty Ridge but couldn't due to the road closures in early season; very dissapointing as this was to be a test piece for me. Ended up summiting via Ingraham glacier in what was a long snow slog. Only had to cross 2 open crevasses.
With Jill and Alton. This climb was amazing. The eastern skyline at dawn on the way up was one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever experienced in my life. The climb was pretty straightforward (thanks, Alton, if you're out there, for leading the way) but it did take a lot out of me (Alton had the pedal to the metal--we blew by several parties on the way up). Weather was perfect. Everything was perfect. Now, when I'm in Washington or flying over and see the mountain there in all its glory, I think, "Wow, I stood on top of that puppy," and it still blows me away. A truly satisfying mountaineering experience that rates five stars on my "Highlights of Life" list.