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Climbing Rainier

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Anyone have experience climbing Rainier? When's the best season to go? Any restrictions?

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My sister has climbed it scores of times.

 

The best is probably the second half of July.

 

It's a trade-off of a few different factors:

- In June the route is better, but the weather is unpredictable. If the weather is good, this is best, but there's a high probability that the weather will be a problem.

- As the summer goes on, the route gets worse (more exposed rock, icier, climbers wind up taking longer routes). The weather is pretty dependable from mid-July on, though.

- September it's less crowded, and the weather is still pretty dependable.

post #3 of 15

Don't go when Mt. St. Helens is going to erupt :D

 

I had two uncles on the summit of Rainier when St. Helens erupted on May 18th, 1980. Needless to say, their descent was rather hasty!

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I went 9/09 w. RMI guides. Can't say enough good things about them & the trip. Hoping to do another trip w. them in the future.
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Went up in 2002 via the Fryingpan Glacier route.  Very fun trip.  Went up in June, which could have been tricky weather-wise but worked out well for us.  Looking to go up again via the Fuhrer Finger route, potentially this summer.

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...Looking to go up again via the Fuhrer Finger route, potentially this summer.

 

Oh cool, skiing the Fuhrer Finger has been on my list for while.  

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Walking?  last 2 weeks of June..first 2 weeks of July.  Done it many times via a dozen or more routes anda couple of ski descents.

 

Skiing?  Now til mid May.

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Oh cool, skiing the Fuhrer Finger has been on my list for while.  

I am seriously down for that Bob, give me a years notice! 

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Oh cool, skiing the Fuhrer Finger has been on my list for while.  

 

I am seriously down for that Bob, give me a years notice! 

 

 I've got another project queued up ahead of it right now, but stay in shape and keep your gear clean.  

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 I've got another project queued up ahead of it right now, but stay in shape and keep your gear clean.  

I'm headed up to Alaska again to hit some BC this spring, so that's my big $ this year.  However, keep us updated on some summer BC excursions, as I may be interested to hop in.  

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Are you going solo?  It looks like you need to be approved by the rangers if you're going solo.  I'm going there in April, and if it's going to be possible I would like to do a 1 day summit to the top, ski down, drive to the airport and come back to NYC. 

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Are you going solo?  It looks like you need to be approved by the rangers if you're going solo.  I'm going there in April, and if it's going to be possible I would like to do a 1 day summit to the top, ski down, drive to the airport and come back to NYC. 

 

Who, me?  I got people.

 

BTW, your trip plan seems a little ambitious.  

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Are you going solo?  It looks like you need to be approved by the rangers if you're going solo.  I'm going there in April, and if it's going to be possible I would like to do a 1 day summit to the top, ski down, drive to the airport and come back to NYC. 
Will not be going alone when I go... However I rt think you can climb to camp Muir by yourself...will not be going in April.
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You can climb to camp Muir and the peak by yourself. If you plan to attack the summit in one day you need to get to Muir in 3-4 hours.  Otherwise you have no shot, or condition for a 1 day push.  13 hours car to car.

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