Wowzer.. The wind was howling 35-55 mph. 18 degrees. My ankle crapped out and couldn't take the pain. Will be back until I summit. Such an amazing climb!
Perfect morning slog up the Emmons, and an incredible high-speed glissade down from Steamboat Prow. I hope to return soon for an attempt of Liberty or Ptarmigan.
Climbed with RMI Guide Brent Okita. Topped out on Columbia Crest at 7am in cold and windy, but mostly clear weather. Amazing views after three days of low clouds.
Independent climb of Disappointment Cleaver in very warm conditions.
awesome trip, great half-hour crater nap.
Climbed with Alpine Ascents on a 4-day expedition. Hard trail breaking due to fresh snow on the approach. Kautz ice chute easy to climb due to the snow, required only one pitch. We simul climbed the rest. Good weather on summit day, cold but no wind.
Climbed with IMG. Made the top in a 12 hour good weather window.
My first alpine climb in the US! Me and my girlfriend spent 4 memorable days on the Mount Rainier. First we camped in the very well organized camping at Cougarcamp. On the second day we ascended to Camp Muir were we put up our tent. I’m glad we stayed in our nice Marmot tent as the Camp Muir hut did not look very inviting at all.
To get a good acclimatization we made even a second camp up at the Ingraham Flats which was a very nice camping area close to big crevasses. Following the easy Disappointment Cleaver route we summited and were almost blown away at the top due to extremely fierce winds.
A great mountain with a great alpine feeling. It felt a lot higher than it’s 4.392m! This mountain looks truly enormous when heading south on the Interstate 5.
Two summits via DC route:
05/31/2001 Day trip up DC route.
06/03/2016 A two-day trip with Ryan. Hiked to Camp Muir in the evening the day prior. Took 9 hours to summit Columbia Crest and get back to Camp Muir. Nice weather, good snow conditions, gorgeous views!
First in July 1996 - last Aug. 2011
I used this date because of the spectacular and uplifting phenomenon that occurred at sunrise as we watched from a point above the DC. Visualize total darkness below as a blanket of clouds hovered at about 8,000ft. The wind was solid at around 40mph. As the rim of the sun barely peeped into view the tips of Adams, Hood, and Jefferson were ablaze like a wooden stick match freshly lit wavering in a slightest of breeze. Looking above only to see the grandest of all, Rainier was aflame in an array of glory; the snow being carried 150 to 200 feet over its top colored fire orange. I'll never forget that!!
Holy hell, glaciers can get hot. This one was brutal. Beautiful and amazing, but brutally hot on the glacier in the reflected sunlight.
First major mountain of my life. Changed my life.
Hiked via the DC Route. Warm, beautiful & "clear" day. Unfortunately the day before we spotted smoke from a new forest fire billowing up in the distance. By the morning of our summit, it had made things quite hazy (although we did get a cool red sunrise reflecting off the glacier)
Very low snow-levels and melt-off made for huge penitentes and cool scenery.
Guides did nice job moving the route to avoid crevasses, thus only 2 ladders.
What a fun one!
Great job on trail work by all the guides.
State Highpoint #46 in 2013 on the DC
Two day summit via the Emmons Wintrhop. Left at 3am the first morning, got to camp around lunch and died in the heat for a few hours until some clouds came in. Left at 12:30am for the summit and had an incredible day.
Three rope teams from the Sierra Mountaineering Club successfully ascended Rainier via the Kautz route. Best way I've climbed Rainier so far and an aesthetic way to climb a magnificent peak.
Spent a day below Camp Hazard practicing crevasse rescue skills. Very long day to summit and to come back down the same route.
Great trip, perfect climb! Made summit at sunrise! Last year we turned around 100 feet above the cleaver.
After a team member's collapse caused RMI to scrap our climb the previous year (of course, at the 12K' top of Disappointment Cleaver), it was a real thrill to reach the summit this time. I have dreamed of climbing Rainier for over 20 years, since living briefly in a neighboring county. And this achieves my goal of climbing the highest five peaks in the lower 48.