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.
Mitch and I negated the Ingraham Direct route up and took the DC down. We climbed with Paul & Chuck of Ft. Lewis. Quit stealing my Oxygen! No wind, warm and tons of crevasses. Daily thunder and lightning in the afternoon with snow or hail. Clear at night and into mid-day. Conditions repeated June 11th, 12th and 13th ..
Our party of 3 climbed through clouds at Paradise and into sunshine, where we camped near the Fuhrer Finger. Great conditions on the Finger. We were on the summit for 5 minutes before a lenticular cloud hit us. Started down the DC and the clouds broke when we entered the crevasse fields. The Finger was a fun route cause we felt like we had the mountain to ourselves.
Great weather and great partners.
Climbed the Emmons Route direct on June 2, 2009. Very windy at Camp Schurman, but no wind at all once we were on the corridor. Spectacular conditions - we were able to ascend the route directly over the bergscrund on a large snowbridge. The last several hundred feet before the crater rim was solid blue ice which required some careful steps. We had the entire summit to ourselves. Descended via the Winthrop Traverse due to extremely hot conditions, and we weren't sure what the snow condition on the steep direct ascent face would be like. Made it to the summit around 6:30 in the morning, took a long break at the summit and a few breaks on the way down ... back at camp by 1 pm. Tired, but exhilarated! I had been weathered off the mountain in 2007 and 2008, so this was my third attempt - victory is sweet!
Camped on the flats and took the Ingraham Direct. Summitted around 0545 and had the summit to ourselves for about an hour. Incredible. This marks my 3rd attempt and 2nd summit. I would certainly camp at the flats again.
Made it to about 11700 and turned back due to wind. Sky was clear and beautiful, but the wind was a little much for a fair weather climber.