The Maze!

The Maze!

Carbon Glacier, Mount Rainier. photo: Dick Saum
on Aug 22, 2008 6:49 pm
Image Type(s): Alpine Climbing
Image ID: 434262


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oso1212 - Aug 24, 2008 6:12 pm - Voted 10/10


Where is this at?


Marcsoltan - Aug 24, 2008 6:50 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome

This is on Carbon Glacier of Mount Rainier
in the State of Washington.


oso1212 - Aug 24, 2008 6:58 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Awesome

Cool - I was on Rainier yesterday! Disappointment Cleaver route.


oso1212 - Aug 24, 2008 7:17 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Awesome

Thank you, It was a good time.


larryN - Sep 24, 2008 11:11 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome

Did you approach via St Elmo's Pass, the standard Liberty Ridge Approach? On July 19, 08 I talked to a couple of guys near Glacier Basin. They had made an attempt on Liberty Ridge, and said they needed a hockey mask that late in the season.


Marcsoltan - Sep 24, 2008 12:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome

Thank you Ineher,
No we did not use St Elmo's pass. We came from the north side. I forget the name of the parking lot, but you come across the snout of Carbon Glacier within an hour of hiking. Then you continue up the trail to the tail end of Curtis Ridge. Then you get onto the very base, or exposed end, of Carbon Glacier. We were planning to get back via St Elmo's, but the weather was very bad and rainy and we were afraid not finding it. So, we went all the way down Emmons Glacier and down the East side. We got lucky to run into two kind climbers who gave us a ride to the north side of the mountain and our parking lot.


rpc - Oct 14, 2008 10:41 pm - Voted 10/10

very dramatic

Amazing collection of climbing photos Marc -doing a bit of random walking thru. your collection here on SP.


Marcsoltan - Oct 14, 2008 11:17 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: very dramatic

Thank you so much for visiting rpc.
I will continue enjoying your incredible collection as well.

Happy climbing,


PellucidWombat - Jan 1, 2009 9:56 pm - Voted 10/10

Very Cool

Thanks for sharing!


Marcsoltan - Dec 23, 2012 1:52 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Very Cool

Don't know how I missed this message some 4 yrs ago. But, thanks a lot Mark, and I enjoyed your account of climbing in the Tetons 2012.


SOCALHUSKER - Feb 19, 2009 4:26 pm - Voted 10/10


crazy!! Awesome photo.


Marcsoltan - Feb 19, 2009 5:22 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: That's...

The glaciers on Rainier are pretty amazing, and on the north side where this pic was taken they are always on the move. They also get bombarded by rocks and dirt by Willis Wall directly above. We tried to move through this area as fast as we could.

Thanks for dropping by SOCALHUSKER

Alex Wood

Alex Wood - Dec 1, 2009 11:29 pm - Voted 10/10


I never saw this picture in your vast archive of amazing pictures. Crazy picture! Very very cool!


Marcsoltan - Dec 1, 2009 11:52 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow

Thank you for looking Alex.
It looks like you are going to get your 2nd POTD tonight. I am very happy about that. Congrats,

Alex Wood

Alex Wood - Dec 2, 2009 1:04 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Wow

Thanks Marc! I got it. I have been getting a bunch of opportunities to take photos lately. But you still have me beat by a LOT.


JoelSkok - Sep 2, 2012 9:10 pm - Voted 10/10

Look at all the fine layers

Season after season of snowfall all compressed and tight. Terribly exposed crevasses make for a good picture and a good adventure. As long as you brought Prussack equipment and tethering cord. Neat picture, 10/10


Marcsoltan - Sep 3, 2012 2:01 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Look at all the fine layers

Looking at the layers gives pretty good hints as to what the mountain must've been going through the previous years. I even enjoy sticking my head inside crevasses with narrow opening on top, with a belay, of course. As to traveling on glaciers, one must always have his two prossik knots already on the rope. This way in case of an accident, he would not be fumbling for his knots and possibly drop them.
Happy climbing and thank you,


JoelSkok - Sep 3, 2012 10:16 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Look at all the fine layers

Yeah, I know. I've climbed most of the Cascade volcanos, some twice, all with prussiks pre-tied on my rope. The tether cord supplements the wrist strap for the ice ax. In Michigan where I live there are no climbing opportunities other than trees. So i prussik up them on a static line. We use a throw ball to get a light line over the first branch and from there pull the climbing rope up and over and back down. Once it is tied off, up the static end we go!


JoelSkok - Sep 3, 2012 10:20 pm - Voted 10/10

Lowest ice on Rainier

The terminus of the Carbon Glacier at 2,300' used to be the lowest permanent ice on Rainier by far. I wonder if it has ablated or receded tremendously? Such a shame. Any ideas?


Marcsoltan - Sep 4, 2012 1:55 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Lowest ice on Rainier

No, I haven't been there in a long time, but I'm sure you are right. I wouldn't be surprised if the lowest point of Carbon is around 5000 feet now.

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