Mount Rainier

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Mount Rainier is a huge dormant volcano, towering in isolation above the surrounding forested highlands. It is the largest mountain of the Cascade range, and it is more glaciated than any other peak in the contiguous United States. Five glaciers originate on the summit, and there are many others that have developed in cirques on the mountain's slopes. The Emmons Glacier is the largest glacier in the contiguous United States, flowing six miles from the summit down the northeast slopes. Rainier's giant ice-cap often seems to float above the horizon when seen from Puget Sound, sixty miles away. Rainier's two ice-filled summit craters each support a network of ice caverns, carved by heat and volcanic emissions from inside the mountain. Mount Baker and Mount Wrangell are the only other peaks in North America who are known to support such phenomena. Despite the enormous amount of ice on Rainier, however, this is only part of the beauty. The slopes hold lush conifer forests, and above treeline, the glaciers are surrounded by alpine meadows that are decorated with vast stretches of wild flowers. A fifty-mile wildflower belt encircles the mountain at around 5,400 feet. The rock on the mountain tends to be friable, so most climbs are glacier climbs. Mount Rainier was named by Captain George Vancouver who reached Puget Sound in early May 1792 and became the first European to see the mountain. On May 7, Vancouver named it in honor of his friend, Admiral Peter Rainier.

Elevation (feet): 14,411
Elevation (meters): 4,392
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Washington
Latitude: 46.8528
Longitude: -121.759
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Volcanic status: Dormant
Most recent eruption: possibly 1894
Year first climbed: August 17, 1870
First successful climber(s): Hazard Stevens and P.B. van Trump
Nearest major airport: Seattle, Washington
Convenient Center: Paradise (south) or Sunrise (northeast)

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 249 trip reports for Mount Rainier.

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  • Log #22380 - by Shulse on Apr 08, 2013
    My son Sam and I climbed the Ingraham direct route. Lots of people on the mountain, but it wasn't as crowded as I expected.
  • Log #22345 - by Ryan Meral on Sep 19, 2012
    Fantastic climb, went with AAI up the Muir to Cowlitz to Cathedral Gap to Ingraham Flats to Disappointment Cleaver to upper Ingraham glacier route. Snow/Ice was firm, some visible crevasses but most...
  • Log #22252 - by lcconnolly on Oct 23, 2011
    The Kautz route of Mt Rainier is a less traveled and more technical climbing route of Mt Rainier. Glacier travel is extensive and so climbers are typically roped up much of the climb. Route finding...
  • Log #22203 - by cleo weidlich on July 25, 2011
    Great, beautiful mountain. I spent 8 days in late winter training for a Denali climb. This mountain in the winter is very challenging. Extremely cold and windy, but we had a great time digging...
  • Log #22028 - by kerberos on July 30, 2010
    Climbed with my friends Dan, Jay and Shijung, all of us first timer. Route - Paradise - Camp Muir (camped July 17), traverse right (east) across Cowlitz Glacier, through the middle of Cathedral Gap...
  • Log #22021 - by julielilienkamp on July 25, 2010
    Not quite as busy as Mt. Everest, but still a bit too much traffic. Great climb before August. We had hot weather (80 degrees) at Paradise when we got there.
  • Log #21854 - by Caj E Svensson on Jan 08, 2010
    This time Eva wanted to summit. We flew in with friend Pontus from Stockholm and spent time in Seattle, visiting the Boeing factory in Everret. Parked in Paradise and hiked to Camp Muir first day....
  • Log #21853 - by Caj E Svensson on Jan 08, 2010
    Eva and I with Calvin and Pat started from Paradise in the PM. We reached the lower Wilson glacier and camped. Alpine start but after an hour, Pat felt sick and Eva felt really tired and they turned...
  • Log #21741 - by barker4rainier on Aug 13, 2009
    I did this through Alpine Ascents and had a very rewarding experience. Got to the top on my birthday, August 4, 2009 at 5:30 a.m. and couldn't have done it without my awesome 4 guides. 4 out of 8...
  • Log #21702 - by CougarSteve on July 01, 2009
    went with Alpine Ascents International
  • Log #21465 - by Jason Hanold on Oct 08, 2008
    Exceptional climb for strong beginners or intermediate climbers. Late Spetmber climbs expereince fewer people on the mountain
  • Log #21394 - by Jeff Robinson on Aug 21, 2008
    Was a great climb,and the weather was perfect.It was a bit more demanding than I had antisipated though.Train hard and head to the mountain for the time of your life!
  • Log #21367 - by Glenn P. on Aug 05, 2008
    This climb of Mt. Rainier's DC was special in many ways. First it marked the 34th anniversary of my first climb of Rainier (1974 via DC), second it was a dedication and farewell to a great...
  • Log #21357 - by Steve Phillips on July 29, 2008
    We were a rope team of three (including myself, David Chandler and Ryan MacDicken), all who have never climbed Rainier. Departed the White River Camp ground at 8:15 AM Sunday morning for Camp...
  • Log #21238 - by Keith Ramey on Apr 02, 2008
    Amazing first climb for me. Beautiful weather, beautiful scenery.
  • Log #21126 - by Mike Cosgrove on Dec 20, 2007
    One of the most fabulous climbs I have ever done. What a beautiful and clean mountain!Summited at 8.30 pm just as the sun went down and the full moon came up passing through the ash in the sky from...
  • Log #21079 - by Dennis Mulherin on Oct 29, 2007
    As a member of the climbing team, "25 Going On 50," I had a great experience climbing to the summit of Mount Rainier. I especially remember the views from the mountain and the sharing of this great...
  • Log #21030 - by Rick Gunning on Sep 17, 2007
    Excellent climbing conditions for the summit day. Summited with John Kuhn. Water is key bring plenty for summit day, or be prepared to melt snow. Sherpas Mike and Larry did an excellent job too!
  • Log #20931 - by Brennan McCloney on Aug 05, 2007
    ascend on dissapointment route, to muir; climb up to ingrahm then onto emmons glacier, to summit. AWSOME!
  • Log #20724 - by Glenn Phipps on Apr 01, 2007
    Climbed the Emmons Glacier route via Camp Shurman. Extremley hot during the approach hike. It took us about 7 hours to reach Camp Shurman. At this time of year you can camp on bare ground or snow -...
  • Log #20664 - by Jens Klubberud on Feb 14, 2007
    Jens Klubberud-Willis Wall, finish with traverse of Angels with Loren Campbell, July 2006
  • Log #20558 - by Thomas (T-673) on Dec 26, 2006
    After 5 days on the wonderland trail,woot, and a day off. We climbed to muir in fog. Looking over the clouds, climbed at 1:30 with a full moon, no headlight needed for first hour of climbing. Hit a...
  • Log #20519 - by David M Dahl on Dec 04, 2006
    My first technical Ice/Glacier climb. Day one, Paradise to 10,000 feet, Camp Muir. Day Two, Training and climb to Ingerham Flats, 11,000 feet. Day three, 3am rise for summit climb, via Disappointment...
  • Log #19710 - by Steven Smith on Sep 27, 2006
    Summited for the first time on a wednesday morning at 4:15 am. We took the ingraham glacier direct route. Very fast climb, took me and my partner 5 hours to summit from muir, keeping in mind that...
  • Log #19736 - by David A.W. Lockman on Sep 27, 2006
    This climb is tremendous. The elevation gain is over 9000 feet to reach the summit at 14,410. In this climb, you will experience: hot to cold temperatures; high winds; avalanche, ice-fall, and...
  • Log #20397 - by an anonymous user on Sep 27, 2006
    The most amazing and physically demanding adventure I've ever attempted. Summited at 7am in breezy but otherwise perfect weather. Used RMI's guide service but only had 2 in my party. Would do it...
  • Log #20389 - by Lee Fenyves on Aug 29, 2006
    First ascent of Mt. Rainier. Started our climb at 2am, saw sunrise at 12,300 ft., summited at 10am. We arrived back at Camp Muir at around 2pm.
  • Log #19990 - by Matt Kowalczyk on Aug 06, 2006
    Beautiful climb. Took the Dissapointment Cleaver route thru Camp Muir. Followed the direct route from the Cleaver to summit. On the way back down, we traversed the Emmons glacier back to the Cleaver...
  • Log #19355 - by Steve Hysko on May 17, 2006
    Nice line up the snow covered Dissapointment cleaver, no one else on the Peak, we had it to ourselves. Hit the Columbia Crest at 7:30 AM. Not a cloud in the sky....
  • Log #19141 - by Cheryle Battrum on Feb 14, 2006
    We travelled the Emmons-Winthrop glacier route. The weather was stellar, and the views were spectacular! We were the first people to summit on July 26, 2005. What a trip!
  • Log #18752 - by Magnus Nerve on Feb 14, 2006
    Great mountain for entry level glacier travel. Nice views!
  • Log #18814 - by Mike Lakotish on Feb 14, 2006
    After climbing Ixta and Orizaba in Mexico and Elbrus in Russia I still think Rainier was the hardest so far. Over 9000 feet in basically a day was beyond tough. RMI does a good job, but it's nice to...
  • Log #18820 - by Susan Niemeier on Feb 14, 2006
    Any day on the mountain is a good day - Combine it with Rainier, great weather and a strong team and you have a PERFECTION.
  • Log #18824 - by Michael Pearlman on Feb 14, 2006
    Ascended the Ingraham Direct route with a guided party of RMI clients. Warm temperatures and perfect snow conditions made for quality climbing, however encountering other parties during the ascent...
  • Log #18933 - by Trevor Loney on Feb 14, 2006
    we left paradise about 9 in the morning. Lolly-gagged up to muir about noon. Did the business and layed down about 5pm or so. Some loud ass people kept us up til 10 or so.
  • Log #18960 - by johnny on Aug 09, 2005
    Summited via the Emmons Glacier, atop the saddle at 5:00 am waiting for the sun! It was an awesome climb, good thing we climbed in the dark because it was much scarier seeing what you were on during...
  • Log #6248 - by James Rubin on Nov 11, 2004
    Go with RMI, the pros from Dover!
  • Log #6251 - by Andrew Battista on Nov 10, 2004
    Disappointment Cleaver. Great weather, heavy crowd. FORGOT to sign log at peak! -Drew
  • Log #6253 - by Alex Rochette on Oct 27, 2004
    A five-people rope two-day climb.
  • Log #6254 - by Peter Davies on Oct 05, 2004
    Unseasonably beautiful weather for this my first ascent. My only previous climbs where Harvard and Yale in Colorado many years ago so this longer glacier climb was an exciting challenge. Climb starts...
  • Log #6255 - by Kevin on Oct 01, 2004
    Awesome mountain. Pretty easy climb to the top but the descent was hell on the knees. We had perfect weather, no rain, snow, wind or clouds and our group of 5 made the summit.
  • Log #6256 - by Derek on Sep 27, 2004
    This was the highest and hardest climb I have ever done.I had such a great time with the guides from RMI.Make sure you are prepared both mentaly and physicly
  • Log #6257 - by Chris Bourne on Sep 20, 2004
    One of the hardest mountain...I will never forget!
  • Log #6258 - by Corey on Sep 09, 2004
    Great summer!! 10 summits. Most of the climbs we had beautiful weather. Although, a couple of challenging weather days. 50 mph winds and snow.
  • Log #6259 - by Rich Stephens on Sep 03, 2004
    My 3-man team was me, Brett Harris, and Levi Call. Made it to Camp Muir Friday night, lounged on Saturday, successful summit on Sunday...9 hour round trip from Muir to the Summit. Nice weather, good...
  • Log #6260 - by Jim Younkin on Aug 30, 2004
    Me and 2 of my friends, Mike Contos, and Brian Farnsworth climbed Rainier via the Disappointment Cleaver route, Brian got sick at 13500 feet but me and mike made it to the top, the view was...
  • Log #6261 - by Vik Sahney on Aug 29, 2004
    Great weather on the first climb. Climbed just ahead of a storm on the second. Big rockfall dangers on the DC, as a falling boulder snagged our rope and almost pulled our team down a hill. Rope up on...
  • Log #6262 - by Meredith Williams on Aug 24, 2004
    Good weather is key. Emmons Glacier Route
  • Log #6263 - by Karl T on Aug 22, 2004
    Summited via the Emmons Glacier with Mount Rainier Alpine Guides - a far better trip than the one available through RMI. Started climbing on August 9th, 2004 from White River Campground (4400 ft)....
  • Log #6264 - by John Wilson on Aug 21, 2004
    Left Camp Muir at 0100 hrs and reached the summit at 0730 hours. Seasonably warm but still needed down parkas at the top. The guides at RMI (Liam, Mak and Mike) made the trip extremely enjoyable....
  • Log #6265 - by Todd Snell on Aug 03, 2004
    Left Camp Muir at about 1:15 am and reached the summit at about 7:00 am via the Disappointment Cleaver route. Warm weather; soft snow conditions. Great feeling in reaching the summit!
  • Log #6266 - by Rebecca L. Giles on July 27, 2004
    Other than packing in and out to Emmons Flats the climb was fabulous! Thirty five pounds on a 120 pound girl is a lot of weight. When I dropped that weight for 20 lbs I was all brand new again! I...
  • Log #6267 - by Joel Shanight on July 17, 2004
    Bouuyeahh!!! Flew to Seatac the Friday before-picked up by 5 star Ashford Shuttle. Left White River for Curtis Sat. afternoon. Curtis area to emmons flats, left there @ 2:00 AM and reached the...
  • Log #6268 - by Mark Davis on July 13, 2004
    A great experience. Thanks to our team and guides esp Casey, Patrick, Ben, Dave, and Primumba (our wise teacher from Nepal). The Rattlesnake Squadron was represented at 14410' Hooah!
  • Log #6269 - by Scott McCloy on July 13, 2004
    Reached the summit via the disappointment cleaver route. Left Muir camp at 1:00am reached the summit at 07:30am. Cleaver had almost no snow. Very rocky, tricky climbing.
  • Log #6270 - by Dow Williams on July 12, 2004
    Party of 4 made up this ascent, 2 from Nevada, including myself, 1 from Georgia and 1 from Alaska. From the Paradise upper parking lot take the Skyline Trail to Pan Point, continue to Pebble Creek...
  • Log #6272 - by Mark Wilkerson on June 20, 2004
    Order a large backpack with a large zip opening, and a small sleeping bag. The reverse can be frustrating!
  • Log #6273 - by Clement J. Aleka-Gorai on June 12, 2004
    It was a great feeling to be one of a few of hawaiian ancestry to summit, or maybe even the first to summit Mt.Rainier , now that Im back home Aloha from Hawaii.
  • Log #6274 - by Vojtech and Premysl Derbek on June 03, 2004
    Beautiful weather, Frozen watter in our bottles. It was really beautiful on the summit, but I don't remember much.
  • Log #6275 - by Gregory L. Lanter on May 29, 2004
    Alpine start at 2:30am from camp muir...via the "Ingraham Direct" route.
  • Log #6276 - by Eric Powell on May 27, 2004
    Don't wear tennishoes on this one....:-)
  • Log #6282 - by Gary M. Roth on May 26, 2004
    My first attempt of this mountain was unsuccessful as far as the summit goes however it was a success because every one made it off the mountain. My first two climbs on this mountain was with my...
  • Log #6283 - by Kapri Sun on May 26, 2004
    I've always loved Mt. Rainier, and am very interested in volcanos, and frequently do studies on Mt. Rainier
  • Log #6284 - by Ian Nicholson on May 26, 2004
    We started at Paradise and hiked the 4.2 miles and 4700 vertical feet to Camp Muir taking around 5 1/2 hours. There are about 4 big Cravasses (biggest I've ever seen on the muir snow fields. that you...
  • Log #6285 - by Joe Weinert on May 26, 2004
    Hardest thing I've done in my life. A terrific challenge, an awesome mountain. The dangers of this mountain are real and omnipresent.
  • Log #6286 - by michael and sol heifets on May 26, 2004
    Yuo haven't summited til you got off the mountain (hardest descent in my mountaineering so far -slushy melting snow bridges (alot of suspense in both meanings of the word)I also had ACL repair 7...
  • Log #6287 - by Tim Thomsen on May 26, 2004
    We made our high camp at Ingraham Flats, woke at midnight and summitted by 6:15 AM via the Dissapointment Cleaver route. Other than some route finding difficulty on the cleaver in the dark, the climb...
  • Log #6288 - by Michael S. Roden on May 26, 2004
    Due to last minute info. we had to change our route to Disappointment Clever. This was probably a big mistake. Even though the route was in better condition the company was terrible.
  • Log #6289 - by Jeff Tobin on May 26, 2004
    A party of four (me, Brian Watson of Corvallis, Brian Fenicle of Harrisburg PA and Jeff Pospisil of LA) climbed the Kautz route starting on Sunday, July 29th. We spent two nights below Camp Hazard...
  • Log #6290 - by H Giang on May 26, 2004
    After summitting Mt. Hood on July 22, 2001, Chris and I left for Mt. Rainier the next day. We started for Camp Muir around noon on July 23 and reach base camp at 5 pm.
  • Log #6291 - by Alfred Leach on May 26, 2004
    Wonderful climb with scenic beauty. Evening wearther was cool, clear accompanied by a near full moon. Vibility good during entire ascent. I miss the mountain already.
  • Log #6292 - by John R. Widener on May 26, 2004
    Climbing Rainier was the most difficult thing I had ever done both mentally and physically...it was also the most rewarding. Went with RMI and had a very small group, just 4 clients and two guides...
  • Log #6293 - by Mike Lachance on May 26, 2004
    My own personal thanks to Scott Horkey for the accommodations in Bremerton. Our climbing party consisted of (8) people. Weather was looking gloomy and drizzely at Paradise on the Morning of July...
  • Log #6295 - by Cheyenne Rouse on May 26, 2004
    Up at midnight after a wonderful nights sleep (Take earplugs!)...climbed under a partial full moon...it was amazing and a year later I am still amazed at what a cool experience it was. Let' see more...
  • Log #6296 - by Scott Perkins on May 26, 2004
    Climbed Emmons route with partners Aaron, Colin, Les, Ryan, Doug, Daryl. The route was in good shape but definately not a direct line. The Dark, moonless night gave way to spectacular sunrise as we...
  • Log #6297 - by Scott Perkins on May 26, 2004
    Summited Saturday July 14, 2001 via Fuhrer Finger with partner Don Dowling. The route was in perfect shape, nice styrafoam snow with virtually no rockfall on any part of the climb. After summiting we...
  • Log #6298 - by Les Owen on May 26, 2004
    Had a nice approach day -- mostly cloudy, so not too hot on the Inter Glacier -- into Emmons Flats where we made high camp on Wednesday. Thursday we played around in nearby crevasses practicing...
  • Log #6299 - by Doug Eaton on May 26, 2004
    Summitted via Emmons-Winthrop at 7 am. The conditions could not have been more perfect. Want to thank our team of Les Owen, Scott Perkins, Ryan, Aaron Danzig, Colin Horst, and my brother Darryl for...
  • Log #6300 - by Darryl Eaton on May 26, 2004
    Beautiful morning - no wind on the summit - hung out by the summit ledger for about an hour & got back to base camp as it started hailing. Took Emmons/Winthrop route. Much thanks to our very...
  • Log #6301 - by Tom Wille on May 26, 2004
    Possibly one of the most beutiful places on earth, but I almost missed it. At about 14,000 feet my partner and I almost turned around, but thanks to a group of climbers ahead of us we were able to...
  • Log #6302 - by Tony Polusny on May 26, 2004
    Summit climb (Emmons Glacier) with a full moon and blue skies at the top. Emmons and inter-glacier were really broken up and the Shrund was definitely the crux of the climb!
  • Log #6303 - by Rick L. Jackson on May 26, 2004
    Besides myself, there was Rob Spinoza, Raymond and Chris Vakili. Despite getting a little off route on disappointment cleaver - exposing ourselves to a steep cliff and quick retreat, and Robs close...
  • Log #6304 - by Chris Earle on May 26, 2004
    Climbed the Emmons Glacier, leaving the glacier camp at 2100 hrs the night before and climbing all night under a cloudless sky with a full moon. Warm night; didn't need crampons. Could see Glacier...
  • Log #6305 - by John Plotz on May 26, 2004
    Perfect summit day on the Emmons Glacier from Camp Schurman. Weather was socked in until 6am. Five of us left by 7am and all summited at 12.30. Icy conditions and steepish near 13,000', definitely...
  • Log #6306 - by an anonymous user on May 26, 2004
    Had a great climb with the RMI crew. Summitted via the DC route. Guide Alex Van Steen is the total pro! Kickass winds from the top of the cleaver to the summit and even stronger coming down around...
  • Log #6308 - by Prateek on May 26, 2004
    IN my opinion, a more interesting (and treacherous) route than D. Cleaver. Good boot track all the way to summit. Needed to cross the usual narrow snow bridges. Had to jump across 3 crevasses.
  • Log #6309 - by Jim Bateman on May 26, 2004
    My adventure started by meeting my friend and climbing partner George Hollenbeck in Seattle.From there we collected the last few pieces of gear,and began to eat our fill of carbs for three...
  • Log #6310 - by Rik Reed on May 26, 2004
    An ancient memory to share: I was just 16 years old, and weighed about 140 pounds when I summitted. We were the five strongest hikers in Boy Scout Troop 602 from Bellevue, Washington, but with no...
  • Log #6311 - by Matt McDaniel on May 26, 2004
    This mountain showed me that My life is truly not mine but God's life. And that if I persevere and keep moving I can accomplish anything.
  • Log #6312 - by MARY K DURKIN on May 26, 2004
    IVE MOVED OUT OF SEATTLE AREA BUT IVE BEEN UP AT THE PARIDCE LODGE WE HAD FUN WE WERE OLY GOING TO STAY FOR A DAY BUT WE GOT FOG IN SO WE STAYED AT THE LODGE WE HAD A GREAT TIME WHILE WE WERE THERE...
  • Log #6313 - by John Braunagel on May 26, 2004
    Rainier is a great climb for everybody at all skill levels. Just make sure you climb the route that matches your skill level. Climb Safe!!!
  • Log #6314 - by Nick Kiss on May 26, 2004
    I've summited Rainier via the Liberty Ridge, Diaspointment Cleaver and twice via the Kautz Glacier; got shot down once half way up the Fuhrer Finger route. If anyone wants info to assist with their...
  • Log #6315 - by Alex on May 26, 2004
    The boring part: we climbed Rainier via the standard, easy, crowded route -- the Ingraham-DC route. The interesting part: We camped in the crater and woke up to -15 degree temps on the 1st of sept....
  • Log #6316 - by Dan Evans on May 26, 2004
    Great climb, led by RMI--a real class act.
  • Log #6317 - by paul dickson on May 26, 2004
    i didnt summit which kind of sucks but i did make it to 13000 ft before the altitude sickness got tooo bad. beutiful views but the most cold i have ever been. 60 mph winds on the way up to muir. 50...
  • Log #6318 - by Eric Jackel on May 26, 2004
    Had two terrific days to do Disappointment Cleaver route. Near 100% sunshine, moderate winds, and very mild temps (very different from the other rainy, cloudy days that were spent in the park)....
  • Log #6319 - by Casey Cristea on May 26, 2004
    I've been at the beautiful Mt. Rainer and hiked up to Camp Muir on one of the hottest and clear day I've ever seen in 1998. The only bad thing was that I climbed in a t-shirt and a pair of snowboard...
  • Log #6320 - by Tim Thomsen on May 26, 2004
    Ascended with RMI guided group. The hut at Muir was brutal! Didn't sleep a wink. The challenge of the summit attempt was a combination of physical and mental endurance, however the overall experience...
  • Log #6321 - by Dusty Boyd on May 26, 2004
    After a bad overnight go at it with a pounding storm near the summit, Erich and I reached the top only to spend five minutes before heading down hungry, cold and tired. Erich had been up multiple...
  • Log #6322 - by Bill Johnson on May 26, 2004
    Summitted with RMI Guides George Dunn, Ned Randolph. Was absolutely great! These guys are true professionals, and some of the best friends you could have on a climb such as that. I took the...
  • Log #6326 - by Tim Eaton on May 26, 2004
    We climbed the Emmons glacier route. The weather was beautiful, crystal clear and very little wind. We started climbing Saturday morning and it was a miracle we got permission to climb. I would...
  • Log #6327 - by William Chylik on May 26, 2004
    This was my brother Tim & I's second climb of the mighty Mount Rainier. Left on 09/23/00 from Paradise. Stopped at Muir only to grab a quick bite, and to rope up. We made high camp on the...
  • Log #6328 - by Eileen Dougherty on May 26, 2004
    We headed for the summit from Camp Muir by the full moon light. Our headlamps off, only to be used if we heard rock or icefall. Even by the moonlight you could see into the icy blue crevasses. An...
  • Log #6329 - by Bill Wood on May 26, 2004
    Got held up for two days at Camp Muir (weather.) Went as a 3- man team. Fantastic views from the summit.
  • Log #6330 - by Jim Veith on May 26, 2004
    This was my first time in Washington and It left quite an impreession on me! I climbed with 2 college buddies. First we summited Adams to acclimate, then we sent a couple of days flyfishing (at least...
  • Log #6331 - by Bob Kruger on May 26, 2004
    See www.performancesail.com/rainier2000.htm Great Experience. I'd like to thank Dan Smith and Eric Moulton for the incredible adventure.
  • Log #6332 - by Chris Worel on May 26, 2004
    Summitted along with brother, Michael Worel. Got absolutely beautiful weather. First day was relatively easy. Second was borderline brutal.
  • Log #6333 - by Michael Biollo on May 26, 2004
    Thanks to my buddies, Jimmy and Peter. Great team, great mountain, great time. A mountaineering must do! E-mail me if you want more info. See you on Logan.
  • Log #6334 - by Art McKiernan on May 26, 2004
    RMI led us to the top. I can not say enough good things about RMI and our guides. They were awesome!!!! We left camp Muir at 2:30 am and summited at approx. 9am. It was an incredable expirence I will...
  • Log #6335 - by Pierre Redmond on May 26, 2004
    Congratulations to big brother-in-law Don Fitzpatrick, who was the senior member of our group. I'm proud of you. I'm sure Jim thanks you for wearing that old wool shirt. Thanks to Randy and Craig,...
  • Log #6336 - by Michael Roache on May 26, 2004
    It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the...
  • Log #6337 - by Randy S. Little on May 26, 2004
    Mount Rainier is awesome! It definitely has a presence about it that eludes the camera. I made the summit at 7:35 am with my best friend Matt Cooter roped in front of me. Beautiful skies, clear as a...
  • Log #6338 - by Scott Rost on May 26, 2004
    Spent the week on and around Rainier. Climbed St. Helens, Unicorn Peak, and then summitted Rainier on August 13, 1998.
  • Log #6339 - by Bill Kuhn on May 26, 2004
    As you can see, I climbed Rainier 20 years ago. It was my third try at the Disappointment Cleaver route, having gotten sick immediately twice before. The trick this time was to camp above Panorama...
  • Log #6340 - by Matt Cooter on May 26, 2004
    What a wonderful experience! Pictures do not do this mountain justice. We had the privilege to summit at 0735 on Aug. 1st under beautiful sunny skies with a little wind. The view of the stars from...
  • Log #6341 - by Joseph M. Cheben on May 26, 2004
    I summited Mount Rainier with my two sons (Mark and Sean) and with two other friends (Zach Carey and Tim McMinn) on Thursday July 27th at 0630 hours. We were part of the Rainier Mountaineering's...
  • Log #6342 - by Craig Powell on May 26, 2004
    Summited via the Ingraham Direct - a fantastic route, but not to be taken lightly - it offers some fairly large objective dangers. Bring all the right equipment, and train very very hard before you...
  • Log #6343 - by Cops on Top Memorial Law Enfo Team on May 26, 2004
    Summitted by members of "Cops on Top" Law Enforcement Memorial Climbing Team on behalf of Officer Dale Claxton of the Cortez, Colorado Police Department. Officer Claxton was killed by...
  • Log #6344 - by John Prillaman on May 26, 2004
    Had a great climb with RMI. Our guide, Mark Tucker provided considerable encouragement, & I benefitted tremendously from his experience. I would recommend RMI to anybody looking to attempt the...
  • Log #6345 - by William Jared Scott on May 26, 2004
    Summited Ingraham Direct route via Emmons shoulder. Almost died because of lousy REI rental boots (our toes are still without feeling one year later). TIP: never depend on Costco batteries in your...
  • Log #6346 - by Nick Monopoli on May 26, 2004
    Mike and Chris were still at their car when we got to Paradise, but started out about an hour before us. They had already gone down to the visitors' center to register, and Bob and I had to go...
  • Log #6347 - by Andrew Sowter on May 26, 2004
    Ingraham glacier route. A true balls out climb!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Log #6348 - by Jens Klubberud on May 26, 2004
    Caught a lucky break between storm systems and found good conditions on the Gibraltar Ledges route. Clear but friggin' cold. Great cramponing from high camp to summit. Chopped out summitt register...
  • Log #6349 - by Al Smiles on May 26, 2004
    Started off from Camp Muir at 11:30 pm Ended up climbing it by myself, started off with another guy who brought no survival eqpt, head torch ran out after 15 minutes and brought no harness with...
  • Log #6350 - by Todd Stewart on May 26, 2004
    No matter how cute she is, don't offer the use of the party's latrine pit to an outsider. (Emmons flats high camp). I made that mistake and was designated "Shit Boy" which meant emptying...
  • Log #6351 - by Monika Burgard&Tonya Walters on May 26, 2004
    We summited via the Emmons Glacier route. Streneous but worth the effort. The view from the summit was breathtaking. Great pay off for a long hard day.
  • Log #6352 - by M. Todd Ethridge on May 26, 2004
    Summited twice with RMI via DC route. Had the pleasure of summiting with 'The Mighty Dave Hahn' as the lead guide in 1999. As a previous climber states below: "This is what got me started. A...
  • Log #6353 - by Alan Kane on May 26, 2004
    Joined up with 4 fine folks from Seattle, the 5 of us left at midnite and summitted by Disappointment Cleaver in 7 hrs. Had a great time, but I could feel the elevation. Only 2 others on the mountain...
  • Log #6354 - by Stephen Frisby on May 26, 2004
    This was my third attempt. Summited in the company of my sons Chad & Cody & son-in-law Clint, and friend Karl Stum & his buddy Roger. We took the DC route from Muir. Calm clear weather...
  • Log #6355 - by Mike Bates on May 26, 2004
    Summiting Rainier was only part of this experience. I was fortunate to have Nawang Gombu Sherpa, the first person to climb Everest twice, as my instructor at the RMI school. I was impressed with the...
  • Log #6356 - by R. Dieda on May 26, 2004
    Climbed Rainier with friends Paul Olsen and Bill Sweasy from Redwing MN. We had four days of perfect fall weather! We were on the three day plan. Cloudless, relatively warm and low wind made for an...
  • Log #6357 - by john cain on May 26, 2004
    i've done four routes on four trips and have some pictures and route descriptions on my website if anyone is interested. www.blarg.net/~zoroastr
  • Log #6358 - by Charlie Shyab on May 26, 2004
    Hung out with Lou Whittaker, Gombu, and Robert Link for a week on the mountain, it was a great experience.
  • Log #6359 - by Andy Johnson on May 26, 2004
    I've been looking at and hiking around this beautiful mountain all my life. So I've finally lived the dream and made it up DC. Left early from Ingram Flats and topped out at 7:30 AM. It's everything...
  • Log #6360 - by Eric DeVroeg on May 26, 2004
    This is a beautiful mountain, but it lives up to its reputation as the toughest endurance climb in the lower 48. You definitely need to be in top physical condition for the ascent.
  • Log #6361 - by Brent Harder on May 26, 2004
    We did the Kautz Glacier route (4 of us). One of our party was going slow and we camped above the cliff by the Nisqually Glacier. We dumped wxtra gear and food to pick up on the return (varmets got...
  • Log #6362 - by Chris Mudry on May 26, 2004
    Climbed DC in 1998 and Liberty Ridge in June on 1999. On Liberty Ridge we planned on 4 days to get up over and out, but my party pushed 5,000 on day two to Thumb Rock, I almost collapsed, I have...
  • Log #6363 - by Sean McNulty on May 26, 2004
    This was the first 14,000ft peak, and I am now hooked. The beauty there is incomparable, and the climb is not as difficult as I expected, yet still unforgettable.
  • Log #6364 - by Justin Carreno on May 26, 2004
    This was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I am 21 years old and I would like to climb higher mountains. Feel free to e-mail me about climbing.
  • Log #6365 - by Michael Buker on May 26, 2004
    Wonderful weather and climb up the Emmons Glacier. Automobile accident on return trip broke my back...
  • Log #6366 - by Brittany Walker on May 26, 2004
    My father and I summited with a RMI expedition last year. We had a great time, but it was one of the toughest things either of us had ever done.... and we were sore for days afterwards!
  • Log #6367 - by Bruce Nolte on May 26, 2004
    I climbed Mt. Rainier late in the season with a Rainier Mountainiering (RMI) climb. It was a great experience that has stuck with me all these years. This mountain is a special place !
  • Log #6368 - by Ed Doyle on May 26, 2004
    We summited from both the DIsapointment cleaver route and through camp hazard. Best advice I can give about Mount Raineer is to leave early on your summit day. In fact leave just after midnight. Both...
  • Log #6369 - by Mike Moxness on May 26, 2004
    Chris McGinnis and I climbed Liberty Ridge starting from White River campground. The first day was a short one to Curtis Ridge. Watch the Winthrop Glacier. There are a number of crevasses and, in...
  • Log #6370 - by Michael S. Roden on May 26, 2004
    We attempted the summit in May but were rejected at about 12,500 feet by a wicked storm. The weather on this peak changes so fast that you had better go prepared for anything. If you have the time to...
  • Log #6371 - by Patrick Stewart on May 26, 2004
    This was my first major summit. I had been to 13,000 in New Mexico but that was nothing compared to this climb. Here is some advice. Know how to use your self rescue equipment.
  • Log #6372 - by Bill Cromie on May 26, 2004
    Was the "Dope on a Rope" with Marc Cendron, Tony Caldamone and Jack Elder. First summit for all of us, on a glorious day,with stiff wind and great views from the top. RMI was right, you...
  • Log #6373 - by Coley Gentzel on May 26, 2004
    Watched the sunrise in a cloudless sky from the summit. We could not have had better conditions for our first successful summit bid. Unlike us, the route was in excellent shape. The trip from Muir to...
  • Log #6374 - by Tom McDonald on May 26, 2004
    To other non-mountaineering climbers - Be sure to pick up your trash. Enjoy the scene and help preserve it.
  • Log #6375 - by Pete Bird on May 26, 2004
    I first saw Mt. Rainier in 1982 riding my 81 GPz 550 from Denver enroute to my first duty station in the Air force at McChord AFB. I was amazed at the shear enormity of this beautiful mountain and...
  • Log #6376 - by Paul Tompkins on May 26, 2004
    An awesome trip, largely without problems, and with great weather. Liberty Ridge was a terrific climb. Our party consisted of Bill Brose, Bill Molczan, Shawn Klimek, Aaron Bennett and myself, all...
  • Log #6377 - by Michael A. Otnisky on May 26, 2004
    What a great introduction to mountaineering. Three things have to be done to reach the top. 1. Be in excellent physical shape 2. Do everything they tell you and show you how to do (RMI).
  • Log #6378 - by Mark Moran on May 26, 2004
    This was my 5th trip to the summit of Mt. Rainier, and I have to say one of the best. A long with my good friends Ellen Kurland and Kevin Zeiler we pushed our way up the mountain and summited just...
  • Log #6379 - by Todd Young on May 26, 2004
    RMI 5 day Expedition Seminar. 3 nights on Ingraham flat. great experience
  • Log #6380 - by Gregory Kehrl on May 26, 2004
    Mt. Rainier's Liberty Ridge: Climbers: Gregory Kehrl, and Mick Conrad This is a GREAT climb. We were successful in reaching the summit on our four day climbing trip between July 29 - August 1,...
  • Log #6381 - by Mark Amstein on May 26, 2004
    Very difficult climb, had to drag my rope-mates to the top. Full moon by night, clear as a bell by day. We could not have had better conditions. Well worth the trip.
  • Log #6382 - by Thomas S. Burton on May 26, 2004
    Summited with Gaylynn Burton, James S. Burton, Jeff Kofurd, and Brandon Kofurd via the Dissapointment Cleaver Route. Time for us was 3:55 from Paradise to Muir, 5:25 from Muir to Summit (left at 2:15...
  • Log #6383 - by Robert G. White, Sr. on May 26, 2004
    After a 1AM start Bob Jr. and I summited at 8:30 AM via Emmons with 4 other climbers and AAI guide Paul Rosser. Good weather. Good snow conditions.
  • Log #6384 - by Steve Gruhn on May 26, 2004
    Last one on the summit for the day. Climbed with Bruce Kittredge and Scott Anderson. Met Scott on the peak and he clipped into our rope when his partner opted to go no further atop Disappointment...
  • Log #6385 - by Robert White on May 26, 2004
    Summited after a fine climb with the American Alpine Institute via the Emmons Glacier. The route was straightforward and relatively crevasse-free until around 13,000 where we crossed a couple of...
  • Log #6386 - by Denise Zimmerman on May 26, 2004
    This was a great trip. I learned alot about snow climbing and moutain climbing. Make sure you are in good shape. I practiced by taking some weekend backpacking trips and by walking on the treadmill...
  • Log #6387 - by Lenzenhuber on May 26, 2004
    5/87 from Paradise, turned back just above Gilbralter Rock. 9/87 from Sunrise summited. The mountain is prettier with it's clean white coat in the spring. It puts Whitney to shame for beauty, but not...
  • Log #6388 - by Robert Kenneth Allyn on May 26, 2004
    I'm a Master Sergeant w/ the 1st Special Forces Group(Ft. Lewis, Wa). I took my 8 man team up for winter training and to summit the MTN. We left Tuesday afternoon for Camp Muir w/ 85lbs Rucks on our...
  • Log #6389 - by Tim Gerlitz on May 26, 2004
    Note: I summited in 1986. My unsuccessful 99 attempt is spelled out on our website. Imagine a 9000 vertical foot climb within 24 hours. That's Rainier!
  • Log #6390 - by Patrick Gallaher on May 26, 2004
    Conserve, Conserve, Conserve. Rest step and forced breathing. Eat and drink at every rest break. Take prophylactic analgesics ie aspirin if you feel AMS headache pain coming.
  • Log #6391 - by Mike Neuman on May 26, 2004
    What a mountain! We could see it from 50+ miles away on the drive in. Climbed with RMI. The guides were great and really know how to get climbers to the top. In a way the trip ressembled a forced...
  • Log #6392 - by Pierre-M. Geurts on May 26, 2004
    In August 1998, rocks tumbled over our rope right below DC. We headed back to Muir. Our second attempt, a three day climb via Camp Shurman, was a victory. Leaving Emmons Flats at 2:30 AM, we...
  • Log #6393 - by Matthew Allen on May 26, 2004
    50 mile an hour winds up top and a hell of a climb. A long way from home but worth every moment of pain. The beer was pretty good too. Climbed Kilimanjaro 18 mths ago and Rainier made that look like...
  • Log #6394 - by wayne ashby on May 26, 2004
    trip from 16-19 june 99 along the emmons rte. did summit last summer as well, but this time it was different. much more snow expierenced on the lower half of the mtn (6k and below ) the winds were...
  • Log #6396 - by Ralph G. Davis on May 26, 2004
    At 1:40am left our campsite at Ingraham Flats for our summit attempt via Disappointment Cleaver route. We were a group of six climbers who became known on that part of the mountain as "The...
  • Log #6397 - by KEITH LANDIS on May 26, 2004
    Caught a great window of weather Fri. June 25 99. 7 degree's before dawn but a great clear summit just after sunrise.
  • Log #6398 - by Joe Schneider on May 26, 2004
    Tried for Liberty Ridge, but bad weather and lack of space at Thumb Rock forced us to be creative. We traversed back from Curtis Rridge, over the Winthrop, and up to Camp Sherman (cool Tyrolean...
  • Log #6399 - by Chris Francoeur on May 26, 2004
    With RMI via Disappointment Cleaver. 200+ miles visibility in all directions. Beautiful.
  • Log #6400 - by Michael Carlson on May 26, 2004
    Winds were 60-70 Mph on the morning that I summitted. I counted four teams that turned around before reaching the summit due to excessive winds and team member illness. Disappointment cleaver was...
  • Log #6401 - by Brian Cornelius on May 26, 2004
    Last summit, 200+ mile visability, 60f, 0 wind, SeaTac fogged in with light rain and 46f.
  • Log #6402 - by Bob Oppermann on May 26, 2004
    Took RMI's 5-day seminar. Awesome! Great guides. We got turned back on our first attempt at Disappointment Cleaver. Winds gusting up to 60 mph.
  • Log #6403 - by steve Newhouse on May 26, 2004
    diaspointment cleaver route. good fun, great view, Muir camp smells bad Lots of rock slides to give you a good pucker factor
  • Log #6404 - by Matt Sorrell on May 26, 2004
    We climbed via the DC route leaving from Camp Muir around 1:30 am and topping out about 8:00 am. Great weather -- full moon and no wind! Unfortunately as the morning progressed a cloud bank started...
  • Log #6405 - by Russell McCrary on May 26, 2004
    Climed with AAI and 9 climers from across America. Had a great time with perfect weather and a very enjoyable group of guides and clients.
  • Log #6406 - by Jeremy Martin on May 26, 2004
    Climbed with RMI and the guides were awesome. They really know what they're talking about. I came from NH so this was my first hike above 7000 but had no trouble with AMS. Make sure you drink a lot 2...
  • Log #6407 - by John Bjornson on May 26, 2004
    ...a goal of many years finally realized. On the anniversary of the first ascent, our team topped out at 8am after following the Disappointment Cleaver route under fine conditions. The greatest of...
  • Log #6408 - by Ryan Rathje on May 26, 2004
    Beautiful summit day, sunny and hardly any wind. Advice: Pack tennis shoes for the decent from Pebble Creek to Paradise, your feet will thank you.
  • Log #6409 - by Mike Teachman on May 26, 2004
    I was part of a group of 7 from Victoria. We chose to do the popular Disappointment Cleaver route. We lucked out with the weather - clear skies, although quite windy - near 100 km/hr at the summit. ...
  • Log #6410 - by Tim Thomsen on May 26, 2004
    Beautiful climb up the Emmons. Camped at Emmons Flats and summitted via the "east traverse" around the bergschrund to meet up with the cattle train from DC. Departed high camp for the...
  • Log #6411 - by Cody Daigle on May 26, 2004
    Train hard... it'll pay off ten-fold once you're up there. Also pratice pressure breathing... it'll help out a lot
  • Log #6412 - by Gerald Froese on May 26, 2004
    I went with friends Doug, Ed and Jeff. The first day we camped on Muir snowfield at 7200 feet. Day 2 climbed past camp Muir over Cowlitz Glacier to Ingraham Flats at 11000 feet. At midnite got up and...
  • Log #6413 - by Dustin Litte on May 26, 2004
    Great fun! Summitted via the Ingraham Direct route. Started early (before midnight) to avoid crowds and afternoon snow-bridge melting. Hit the summit as the sun came up and made it down uneventfully....
  • Log #6414 - by Michael Hancock on May 26, 2004
    A five day expedition that ended in triumph - our leading guide - Robo from RMI was great. A stepping stone to more adventures
  • Log #6415 - by Brent Petrick on May 26, 2004
    Left camp muir at 11:30pm and summited via the Dissapointment cleaver route at 5:15am. What an incredible sunrise! Stefan Mamula and Hayes Buxton were the two best climbing partners a guy could have,...
  • Log #6417 - by Les Owen on May 26, 2004
    Second Rainier summit, this time via the Fuhrer Finger. Freakishly warm conditions -- woke up to balmy temps. Decent amount of rockfall, including one luggage-sized rock that passed close by some...
  • Log #6418 - by Jeff Johnson on May 26, 2004
    Extremely windy and cold. Summit covered by cloud cap, so no views from the top, but view from Cleaver to summit were wonderful. A beautiful cloud sea below us, storming at 10,000 feet, which we...
  • Log #6419 - by SCOTT CROUCH on May 26, 2004
    SUMMITED WITH RMI VIA COWLITZ, DISAPPOINTMENT CLEAVER AND FINALLY EMMONS SHOULDER. PERFECT WEATHER, NOT A BREATH OF WIND, FULL MOON. TERRIFIC !!!!
  • Log #6420 - by Roger Burleigh on May 26, 2004
    Climbed Disappointment Cleaver route with Rainier Mountaineering Inc. Lead Guide: Tap Richards (who was with Conrad Anker on the 1999 Everest Expedition that discovered the body of George Mallory)....
  • Log #6421 - by Amy Kimball on May 26, 2004
    I particpated in the Climb for Clean Air for the American Lung Association. It was an amazing experience from the fundraising for a great cause to the training for the summit climb. RMI is the guide...
  • Log #6422 - by Mike Mays on May 26, 2004
    Climbing partner Dave Meehan of Maryland, and myself ascended the Muir Snowfield to Camp Muir on May 11th and spent a perfectly clear evening and night at camp. Very few people had summited Rainier...
  • Log #6423 - by keith b., chip w., go on May 26, 2004
    great climb up the emmons route. unlimited views from the top. a most excellent adventure!
  • Log #6424 - by Blake Batten on May 26, 2004
    Climbed Rainier in amazingly warm conditions via the fuhrer finger. Planned to descend the DC same day but our team got to the summit too late to safely do this, so we spent the night up in the...
  • Log #6425 - by Scott Beason on May 26, 2004
    Summitted with two friends on a beautiful day in July. Great conditions, get to the top early though and avoid DC after the sun has been on it for a while, it gets rather hairy.
  • Log #6426 - by Ken Halama on May 26, 2004
    Summitted Mt. Rainier with three friends, via the Emmons Glacier route, after spending two days holed up at Schurman Camp by high winds and periodic whiteouts. The weather on summit day was...
  • Log #6427 - by Peter Just on May 26, 2004
    Summitted on the Fourth of July with RMI under the leadership of Paul Maier. Conditions were awful: cold, high winds, swirling fog. We started with 24 clients and six guides; seven clients led by two...
  • Log #6428 - by Derek Rutledge on May 26, 2004
    Climbed the Disappointement Cleaver route from Camp Muir. My advise is to start early (we started at 11pm) and don't delay too long on the summit. We started down a little late and as a result, we...
  • Log #6429 - by Jørgen Malszewski on May 26, 2004
    We reached the summit after 5 hours from Canp murier. Because of the storm and the upblowen snow we only culd see a few meters, and we lost the way by returnig from the summit. We went a few minutes...
  • Log #6430 - by Guy scutellaro on May 26, 2004
    Mt. Rainier National Park was a great experience. The Paradize Inn is a fantastic bit of wood archetecture built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. I summited with RMI....
  • Log #6431 - by Denise L. Norman on May 26, 2004
    My first time above 10,000 ft. Was excellent clear weather. I should have drank more water in the 24 hours leading up to the start of the climb... got busy and forgot, paid for it on the way up to...
  • Log #6432 - by John Owens on May 26, 2004
    I went up with RMI. Day 1 safty class- like a trip to the swiss alps sunny, warm, beautiful. Day 2 climb to Muir same as day 1 fantastic! Day 3 start for the top 1:00am- miserable! Windy, cold, as...
  • Log #6433 - by Jeremy on May 26, 2004
    Started from Longmire intending to summit via Success Cleaver. Long approach. Beautiful weather. Had issues with altitude sickness at around 9000 feet and had to leave one of our members at high camp...
  • Log #6434 - by Michael Day on May 26, 2004
    Despite a forecast of rain and snow, the three of us made the 13 hour drive to Paradise from Utah. Next morning, left paradise and walked for three hours in the rain, then about 8,500 got above the...
  • Log #6435 - by Pat Martin on May 26, 2004
    Wait for the weather. Do no climb this mountain if ANY dangerous weather is possible. If white out conditions show, get back down to Shurman or Muir as quickly as possible.
  • Log #6436 - by michael nunn on May 26, 2004
    It is a grunt climb from the muir snow field. I attempeted the liberty ridge in 1998 and bad wheather is not fun. I made the summit in 2000 with a friend of mine Joey. we climbed hard and and made it...
  • Log #6437 - by Bob Lovik on May 26, 2004
    Good times on this giant. Emmons Glacier route. Was crevasse shellshocked by the time we got back to Shurman. Three out Four of the summit party broke through on snow bridges.
  • Log #6438 - by James Vivenzio on May 26, 2004
    I had climbed Mt.St. Helens a few days prior to Rainier.That was a fun climb but Rainier is definitely more serious business. Crevasses every where.
  • Log #6439 - by Ben Hargrove/Zack Gjullin on May 26, 2004
    Well lets see we went up there it was perfect weather full moon clear skies what else can ya ask for well if you wanted it interesting then you would want just the opposite but it was fine. we went...
  • Log #6440 - by jim fisher on May 26, 2004
    go all the way to the summit, the edge of the cinder cone aint it!
  • Log #6441 - by C.L. Duck on May 26, 2004
    Summited around 8:30 AM with a great group of people from all over the USA. We were on a siminar with R.M.I. Our guides were Alex Van Steen, Jeffery Justman, Dave Hanning, Adam Knoff, Casey Grom,...
  • Log #6442 - by Stephen R. Gentry on May 26, 2004
    What a most wonderful experience. Our group of 4 took three days. From White River Campground to Camp Schurman on Friday July 20 then left 9 PM Saturday night July 21, summited just after sunrise 6...
  • Log #6443 - by Chris on May 26, 2004
    We went with RMI under perfect conditions. The route is not techinical but dangerous due to crevasses and avalanche. I had no problem with fitness but a severe problem with altitude above 12,400ft. I...
  • Log #6444 - by Miko Betanzo on May 26, 2004
    At 18 years of age, Mount Rainier was quite an accomplishment. Mostly a bitch of a climb for the majority of the disappointment cleaver, but in the end quite rewarding. Nice view of Seattle. Cheers.
  • Log #6445 - by Michelle Thompson on May 26, 2004
    It is beautiful, cold yet clear.....I recommend it to everyone to do this at least once in their lifetime! Go For It!!!!
  • Log #6446 - by M. Park on May 26, 2004
    This was the second attempt and was a great success. Weather was beautiful and a summit record was made this season.
  • Log #6447 - by Hootie on May 26, 2004
    Excellent climb!!! Beautiful weather. A little scary on the decent considering it was noon before we left the summit. All in all it was a spectacular trip. Definitely a must climb for anyone thinking...
  • Log #6448 - by Nicolas Bidon on May 26, 2004
    It was an awesome weather all week-end. Camped at Ingraham Flats on Saturday evening and left for a summit attempt at 2am. This was definitevly too late, as we had to wait on the cleaver a few times...
  • Log #6449 - by Joe Weinert on May 26, 2004
    Click on my URL for a complete trip report
  • Log #6450 - by Marty Frost on May 26, 2004
    I've been a tobacco abuser for 18 years. Quit on new years day 2001. My bro in-law is a 10 time veteran of Rainier (10 time unsuccessful also). Troy asked if I would like to try and I agreed, telling...
  • Log #6452 - by Josh Swartz on May 26, 2004
    Did the Disappointment Cleaver route two days before the avalanche that hit a dozen people and killed one. Disappointment Cleaver is an easy route, but it should be taken very seriously!
  • Log #6453 - by Cindy Colarusso on May 26, 2004
    Oh my gosh!! I must have been insane at the time. This was the first mountain I had ever climbed and the first time in my life I had ever used a backpack!! But guess what? I made it!! The recovery...
  • Log #6454 - by Roy Ratliff on May 26, 2004
    Learn how to climb before you try this trip. It's easy but very dangerous for the non experienced. The guide service does a great job but they run you into the ground (because it's the safe thing to...
  • Log #6455 - by Matt Garner on May 26, 2004
    "It was the most spectacular sight in the world, It was sunny and perfect weather, it was the most awesome experience ever!!!!"
  • Log #6459 - by Brad Singley on May 26, 2004
    Normal route- finished the last 1000 ft alone. Lots of vomit from teammates!!! Great day not a cloud in the sky. Had to decend the mtn. alone----not advisable.
  • Log #6460 - by Wayne Ashby on May 26, 2004
    Pack water, pack water , pack water! Get the picture? Anyway, summited via the emmons corridor. Was a bit late in the season, and punched thru one bridge just above emmons flats. However the rte was...
  • Log #6461 - by Chris Mallory on May 26, 2004
    Finally summitted on third attempt. First attempt in '96 we were stopped by weather. Second attempt via Emmons route we attained about 12,000 when one of our party got altitude (and ATTITUDE)...
  • Log #6462 - by Fred Spicker on May 26, 2004
    Ascent via Fuhrer Finger with David Coughlin and Bob Walsh The shortest route, but I still remember it as long.
  • Log #6463 - by Garry and Diana Needham on May 26, 2004
    Climbed the dc route. Very cold and windy. Summited in 15 feet of visibility. Must go back To enjoy the view
  • Log #6464 - by Jerry Dean Greer on May 26, 2004
    Great day with sunshine most of the day. Climbed from White River Campground on Saturday to Shurman and on Sunday, went to summit, retruned to Shurman to break camp, and went on down to White River....
  • Log #6465 - by Mark Frye on May 26, 2004
    Trained two years..This was My DREAM CLIMB. I am paralyzed on my right side, including right leg. Guide service wouldn't take me in 1989.
  • Log #6467 - by Carl Malmfeldt on May 26, 2004
    Both times with RMI via DC route. This is what got me started. A string of headlights across the Cowlitz glacier at 1:00 am is an amazing sight.
  • Log #6468 - by Jason Ellenburg on May 26, 2004
    Mt Rainier was my introduction to mountain climbing-and what an introduction it was. I really had no idea what to expect. I had not trained, I had sketchy equipment, and I did not pack enough food....
  • Log #6469 - by Steve Gruhn on May 26, 2004
    I attempted this peak in April 1992, but was weathered off before reaching Camp Muir. I would like to try again some day.
  • Log #6470 - by Brian Wawro on May 26, 2004
    Emmons Route...Had it all to ourselves except one couple from Idaho that were having a tough time but made it! Some nice big slots at about 13,300 ft. were fun...if you didn't think about what the...
  • Log #6471 - by Jud Scheaf on May 26, 2004
    Great friends and great weather made for a great climb amongst a band of misfits. Here's to Bandana Bill, Dehydrated Phil, Cliff, the Postal Worker, and Amy, who was always there when we needed her..
  • Log #6472 - by Don Gregory on May 26, 2004
    The weather was perfect as we climbed under clear skies, a full moon and almost no wind. All the fresh snow and the warm late day temperatures caused the snow to ball up on our crampons and one of us...
  • Log #6473 - by R. Scott Thurston on May 26, 2004
    Train hard if you are over 40!
  • Log #6474 - by Charles Leduc on May 26, 2004
    was wonderful. Touched the summit at 8:42 AM
  • Log #6475 - by Rich Pierce on May 26, 2004
    Too hot, but an excellent climb and a great time was had by all. The scenery is awesome. Next stop- Mount McKinley.
  • Log #6476 - by John Ross on May 26, 2004
    Headlamps were rarely needed under a bright full moon. Out of Camp Muir by 12:15 a.m., summit by 7:10 a.m. (ahead of the crowd).
  • Log #6477 - by Tom Breit on May 26, 2004
    July 1996 on Disappointment Cleaver was my first successful ascent on Rainier (we tried the previous year via the Emmons Glacier and got turned back by the weather) The biggest piece of advice I can...
  • Log #6478 - by Ben Clark on May 26, 2004
    Lost an overmitt in some wind. Take only food you will want to eat, not cliff-bars and goo. train hard and the challenge of this mountain will not be physical but mentally and spiritually rewarding
  • Log #6479 - by Carrie (Mack) Stewart on May 26, 2004
    We climbed the Disappointment Cleaver route. We were late getting out of Camp Muir and the string of headlamps heading up the mountain ahead of us was gorgeous in the night but we were frustrated...
  • Log #6481 - by Rob Buck on May 26, 2004
    Beautiful day, perfect weather and a great climb up the Emmons. A pretty broken up with crevasses, but that added to the enjoyment.
  • Log #6482 - by John McCarley on May 26, 2004
    go slowly, be in good shape, have a good time