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Mount Rainier

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm climbing Mt. Rainier July 1-3 and want to know if anyone here has done it or attempted to. I'm really looking forward to it and would like to hear anything you have to say about it. Thanks.
post #2 of 13
Never climbed it completely, but was there one year in July. You probably already know this, but it is COLD. Still snow at the top. Lots of Marmots hanging out, which are adorable. have fun!

Be Braver in your body, or your luck will leave you. DH Lawrence
post #3 of 13
I heard that it is not only cold,but usually shrouded in clouds, and at the lower elevations can be very damp. Seattle is the Gortex wearing capital of the world and for good reason.
post #4 of 13
Yeah I have. Long time ago. What route are you doing? Are you going with RMI?
post #5 of 13
House, Hopefully you are going with the guide service (RMI has the most experience.) Are you going the Camp Muir-Ingraham Glacier route? Make sure you are in shape. Going from sea-level to 14,410 in 2 days is rough on the bod. Go for a little overkill on clothing. You can take stuff off if too warm, but if you are cold and didn't bring extra you are SOL. Consider bringing those chemical packet handwarmers.
If you are going the Muir route you won't get much sleep there especially if you are in the stone hut. Too many nervous people coming and going. Most leaders will get you up very early to eat, check your gear, and get you up to the summit while the snow is still firm (helps avoid the rockfall in certain areas.)

Don't expect to feel real good above 12,000 ft., headache, and some nausea is normal. It is a great climb, but by all means respect the mountain it can turn ugly quickly. Take a camera that is easy to use because the guides usually don't lollygag too much.
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
post #6 of 13
house, Hope your climb was successful. It looked like you had great weather.
post #7 of 13
Be sure to take a camera long just in case you happen to be fortunate enough to see some wild Rainers running through the forest. They are pretty rare and sightings have declined significantly since the 70s and 80s.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Yeah, it was perfect. I went with one friend my age (16) and two older friends that have lots of experience. We went the Disappointment Cleaver route and took 3 days instead of the usual 2. We stayed a night at Muir and the next day and night at Ingraham flats. I got burned badly with the clear weather all three days. We woke up at 1 and were climbing by 2:30 on the summit day. The conditions were so good that both of the older guys said we summited faster than they had ever done it (we were on top by 7). If you get the chance to do it go for it, I had a blast, and it sure was pretty up there.
p.s. I DID feel the altitude. At the top (14,411) I got nauseated but as soon as we started descending I felt better.
post #9 of 13
Congrats House. I think it's a great experience and physically harder than most people think.
post #10 of 13
Way to go, House! Were many ladders layed out to cross crevasses?
post #11 of 13
Congrats House.
What a great accomplishment!
post #12 of 13
Yes congratulations what a feat!
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks. And about the crevasses, there were only a few that we had to cross and we were able to do so on snowbridges. the snow was stable and the crevasses were not a problem.
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