07/16/2012 - Summited with International Mountain Guides via the Disappointment Cleaver Route. Sporting conditions with high winds and sideways snow as we approached the crater rim. Great three-day climb.
08/02/2016 - Successfully reclimbed the mountain via the Emmons Galcier Route during a four-day climb, again with IMG. Spectacular route with spectacular vistas! Summit day was cold, windy and clear.
Summitted at 6am from the Disappointment Cleaver route. As Sawtooth Scott mentioned, the route was very crevassed and broken up, with a lot of rockfall on the cleaver. Climbed with 2 friends.
We gained the summit at 6am after an 11:30 start from Camp Muir. Rock fall on the DC along with a route that featured multiple ladders over crevasses and some massive seracs kept us moving quickly and quietly. Temps were very warm, pushing 50 degrees at Camp Muir when we started, and on the descent the increasingly warm temps were concerning. The route is simply melting out and one can only guess as to how the rangers and guides will keep the DC open for the remainder of this summer.
I climbed with my brother Spencer (reconronin949) and Kent, strong climbers and good company both.
Cloudy day at the summit. Hung out at the lip of the crater. Did not actually go to the register. I wish it was a clear day.
Great weather up until summit day where winds kept us from getting past the head of the DC.
DC route guided by RMI. My 1st summit on a major peak
Record August Snowfall year...spent an extra day at camp muir learning team belay...successful summit
Rainier is the gateway for a life-long addiction of thin mountain air.
A great snow treadmill, crowded as a shopping mall. Most interesting part was the scramble to Schurman down the prow the day before. Summit of nearby Pinacle Peak more interesting than summit of Rainier because Rainier summit is huge. But was a good workout for sure! Did in 2 days; day 1 to glacier camp, day 2 to summit and down to White River campground.
Summited via the DC Route. Great weather, although it was in the single digit temps at sunrise around 13,000 ft.
Such a beautiful mountain. I'll never be the same.
started the 15th, camped at muir, the 16th made it to ingram flats, the 17th sumit day! started at 2am summit around 7am back paradise around 4. Snowing the 16th but calm on the 17th. One of the funnest climbs ive done!
Got hooked on climbing after an unsuccessful trip with IMG in 2012. After that trip, I was determined to stand on Rainier's summit, but never again wanted to pay for a guide service (great experience, but expensive!) I purchased/studied 'Freedom of the Hills' and spent as much time on the mountain as I could. A year later, I got some friends together, taught them all that I had learned, and we stood on the summit. Trip of a lifetime!
Started mountain climbing at 61, and am quite captivated by it all.
Climbed the Emmons-Winthrop route over two days. Worth considering the single-push approach next time.
Muir/DC Route - We spent one day ascending to Muir, camped there for 2-3 days waiting for summit winds to die, made an attempt but still got turned around high on the DC w/ 50+mph winds. Several guided groups also turned around - probably only one or maybe two teams pushed on to the summit. We opted to retreat due to the enormous danger we felt the winds were posing. Purchase was too difficult and sketchy on the DC, and we didn't have enough gear to make running belays w/ only two of us. Temps/wind chills were very low, but the views were magnificent! Camping at Muir wore us down, though.
DC route w/ RMI, wonderful weather, not a cloud in the sky, warm day but parkas still nice on upper mountain. Fantastic experience!!
Awesome weather. Clear skies and cold. Made to the summit crater at 6:45 and up to Columbia Crest about 7:10. Incredible climb.
Summited via the DC on Sunday morning, 8/10, under the super moon. Gorgeous weather, clear skies, very little wind. Couldn't ask for much more. Muir was full so we camped below Anvil Rock. Left Muir at 12am, summited at 7:45am.
Party of 2, 3 day outing. Paradise to 1st bivy below Turtle. Ice chute was in good shape. Route does not go over top of Wapowety Cleaver, rather stays on upper Kautz to gain the ridge coming off of Point Success. Was following a party of 8 and flagged route. Some crevasses are pretty wide with rapidly melting snow bridges! Late summit and 2nd bivy on Disappointment Cleaver. Weather was warm, lows at night no less than ~40F, less than 5 mph wind.
Hiked up to Muir Camp in 4 hr. 20 min. on Friday with Jason, Doug and Tim, left there at 12:30 that night, reached the summit at 7:25 Sat. morning under clear skies.