Monday, June 20, 2011

Mount Rainier via Dissapointment Cleaver - June 17-19, 2011

My ninja self with Sam and Lee atop the highest, most heavily glaciated volcano in the lower 48!


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Summary Recap:
Day 1 (Friday)
  • Paradise (5,400 ft) to Camp Muir (10,080 ft)
  • Blistering hot ascent on the Muir snowfield
Day 2 (Saturday)
  • Camp Muir to High Camp (Ingraham Flats, Ingraham Glacier: 11,200 ft)
  • Overnight snowstorm turns back other group summit pushes
  • Storm continues throughout morning: 3-4 fresh inches of snow
  • High winds continue throughout Saturday night
Day 3 - Summit Day (Sunday / Fathers Day)
  • High Camp to Summit (14,411 ft)
  • Wake up 12:30 am, breakfast, prep for final climb
  • On glacier by 2 am
  • Ascend Disappointment Cleaver and traverse the crevasses of Emmons Glacier
  • Columbia Crest crater rim at 6:55 am
  • Summit at 7:25 am
  • Back to high camp by 10 am
  • Pack up high camp, head back to Camp Muir at 11 am
  • Lunch at Muir, leave at noon
  • Descend Muir snowfield to Paradise
  • Arrive at Paradise at 2:15 pm

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