Scott wrote:When was the last time a 1000' vertical rock face was encountered on Rainier?
There are rock faces higher than that on Rainier, even if they aren't dead vertical (but neither are Little Bear or Capitol). For example, the upper 1000 feet of the Willis Headwall on Rainier is as steep (or steeper) as the faces on Capitol and Little Bear, but the face itself is much higher (3X's as high as the faces on Capitol or Little Bear).
I wasn't talking about Little Bear or Capitol. Thinking more of the Diamond.
Anyway, I really don't care whose mountain is "harder." People slam CO mountains as being walk-ups. Most are, if you want to climb them that way. So is Rainier, if that's what you're looking for.