My first glimpse of Mt Rainier was in 1992 during an RV camping trip with my family. The mental image of that beautiful mountain as seen on a clear, sunny day was a perennial reminder to someday return and CLIMB IT!
The opportunity to climb Mt Rainier presented itself in Aug 99 at the conclusion of a two-week Outward Bound Leadership Camp course held in Oregon at which my son Alexander (at the time 16 y/o) participated. His 18 y/o brother Christoph and I met him in Portland and we proceeded thereafter to Mt Rainier National Park to participate in the one-day basic ice/snow training course which was required of anyone wishing to climb the mountain with Rainier Mountaineering Guides(RMI). The training course was a very good preparation for the long hike on snow and ice.
On the next day we started the climb to Camp Muir under a continuous drizzle which became wet snow higher up. The skies cleared above 10,000 ft overnight so the final hike to the crater rim was under clear sunny conditions but it was very cold and windy. The RMI guides were excellent although their regimented pace of the hike and stops reminded me at times of boot camp. Of the 24 hikers who started the climb only 8 made it all the way to the summit (including us 3) while the rest aborted the hike due to exhaustion.
Our descent to the valley was fairly uneventful except that at 10,000 ft we were again below the cloud cover. Thereafter, it was raining continuously so that we ended the hike completely soaked. Thus, on my second visit to Mt Rainier we were unable to see the upper mountain from the valley during our entire 3-day stay! My mental image of this spectacular mountain still dates to my prior RV trip. Nevertheless, it was a high event in my life to have climbed that awesome volcano with my teenage sons Christoph and Alexander.
Great climb - even nicer weather than last year - had one ropemate who had trouble and coming down was SLOW!! Great climb again. Marc Pagani, Mimi Schippers, Mark Terry, Doug Finck
Beautiful route with exciting mimi-ice climb to get around bergschrund...stupidly jumped crevasse near bergschrund on way down and twisted my ankle...great climb. Marc Pagani, Mike Gehard, Chris Gehard
july 4th 2006...campground,summit, campground...one push with only bare
minimum.....emmons glacier ....fun to climb this peak light and fast..
Incredible day - Perfect conditions
Picture-perfect weather conditions on the way up. RMI guides were excellent. Learnt quite a few things from them. Snow got too mushy on the way down. Saw another team (luckily) miss a big boulder rolling down the cleaver (as they were on the fixed ropes). Will surely return to try another route.
Steam caves are a nice place to catch a quick nap on the way up or down... other than a short technical pitch or two this route's (usually) straightforward....
Great climbing partners with Dan and Richard. Perfect weather.
Spectacular sunrise started as we hit the cleaver. Could see the Puget Sound from Columbia Crest. A team member brought a frisbee, and we played a little Ultimate in the crater basin.
Great trek to Muir. Alpine start was on the warm side. Breaks were chilly. Cloudy at the summit. Great views on the way down.
Cimb to Camp Muir was rather fatiguing because of the high temperature. Water was essential. Started the DC route summit attempt at 12:30 am. Light layer with insulated trekking pants. Breaks were very cold. Even had a fox visit us at about the third break. View from the top was spectacular. Anyone making the summit should take advantage of shedding packs at the summit bowl and hiking to the apex of the mountain. RMI guides were outstanding!! Good luck to all who dare to climb!
The climb took 2 days, starting on 6/28 and summitting on 6/29. We had great weather with little wind and lots of sunshine. This was my first time on Rainier, but I hope to definitely be back for another route.
Yeah, I know...the easiest route AND in 4 days. But I had two guests, and neither one was seasoned in glacier travel or 9000' altitude gain. Route was great, weather was great, views were so-so. The smoke from forest fires in Lake Chelan and BC blocked views to the North and West. Adams, Hood, and St. Helens were clearly visible to the South and East. Two hours on the summit made the guests ecstatic. At least that what I told them they'd feel after getting home and recuperating!
Started low (hiking past Comet Falls, not from Paradise) and took our time. Two day approach to high camp (at the Turtle) had good weather. First summit attempt (morning of the 19th) was stymied by weather, however. Second push had perfect weather and great conditions. Chute was good snow and great ice. Routefinding was a bit difficult in the dark. The sunrise was spectacular, and the summit was a cold, windy desert in one crater and a party of ants (or a train of ant-sized parties) in the other.
Beautiful day on the mountain. After dealing with fog, clouds, rain, snow, and winds at Camp Muir, we started up the mountain and got stuck behind a slow party of 12 that caused us to stop right under the icefall on Ingrahms glacier. The rest of the summit day ended up being a great day on the mountain. Had some natural rockfall near the bottom of Disapointment Cleave that just nicked a team of 2 behind us.
Great views, and good crisp weather. Private trip of 4 with 2 of us attempting the summit. My first big mountain trip that I organized and led.
Successful summit on first attempt with private group. Lucked out on weather -- clear skies and record high temps in the pacific northwest. Took our time with the climb, spending two nights on the mountain -- first night at Muir, second at Ingraham Flats. Great views of Adams, St. Helens and Hood along the way and at the summit.
Camped at Ingrahm Flats and left for the summit at 1:30 am. Reached the summit in 4hr 30 min. Nearly got killed on the descent through the DC as a party above dislodged a head size rock that barely missed us. That team was good 100 vertical feet above us so you can imagine the kind of momentum this rock gained as it tumbled towards us!! We barely jumped out of the way. As a matter of fact, Courtney (cp0915) jumped to the left, I jumped to the right and the rock went right between us.
Great climb othewise. Fourth summit of the mountain.
Great climb. Way easier than I'd anticipated.
Great climb. Great partners.Great weather.
My colleagues, Scott Patterson and Mark Fowlkes, and I, Stephane Fitch, reached the summit of Rainier at 9 a.m. on June 23. We climbed via the Tahoma Glacier route. The weather was cool and quite windy. It was my most strenuous and also most satisfying climb yet.