EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Backcountry, Telemark, and Cross Country › TR: Inter Glacier on Mt Rainier, July 2
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

TR: Inter Glacier on Mt Rainier, July 2

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
The original plan was to ski Mt Adams via the SW chutes (7000 vert feet!!) with Rick W and Hitu and possibly Todd and Amy, but one by one each of the participants fell by the wayside, leaving me going to Seattle anyway with no one to ski with. SO.... I posted a message on www.turns-all-year.com, and within a day had several offers of partners on various PNW routes. I decided to carpool up to Rainier with Richard and Carl, which turned out to be a truly excellent choice. A TR with pictures, posted by Richard, can be found here:http://www.turns-all-year.com/skiing...p?topic=5064.0

Truly a great day in the mountains, and month 21 in a row (inspired, of course, by Bob Peters, and deemed absolute insanity by my wife).
post #2 of 14
Looks like a great day on the mountain, and way to keep the turns coming in July. The snow looks pretty decent for this time of year; although we have had some hot weather since.



I'm moving to Backcountry since your lift looked like this:
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Yes, Cirque, the lift was a bit slow, especially with my limited skinning skills- its a low-speed quad(raceps). But the ride down was great!

Here's another picture (this time its me on the descent, photo by Carl G.) Not bad for July. Now, with our current heat wave, where am I going to find a patch of snow for August?
525x525px-LL-vbattach765.jpg
post #4 of 14
What about Mt Hood?
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
CT55- there are lots of options in the PNW, but unfortunately I have no time to take a trip- I need it to be a day trip (preferably without airfare). St Mary's Glacier, about 45 minutes from my house in Denver is usally a good bet, but I don't know how much melted out with our unusually hot weather this summer. I expect that I will find out next Sunday!
post #6 of 14
Man, David, that looks like super fun. Thanks for the TR!

Where is Glacier Basin in relation to Paradise? When we went up Rainier we went up the back side via the Fryingpan Glacier.

We were finding short lines here a couple of weeks ago but the super-heat is taking them quickly. I'm guessing they'll be gone by this weekend.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Sue!

It was a really great day. Glacier Basin is on the Sunrise side, at the foot of the Interglacier (which is in between the Emmons and Winthrop, hence the name). It is the route that you take to get to Schurman, trailhead at the White River campground about 1000 vertical feet below Sunrise. The Steamship Prow (which you probably couldn't see on your climb if you went via Disappointment Cleaver from Muir) is at the top of the glacier.

This summer heat has been really depressing. I am going to head up to St Mary's Glacier near here tomorrow to week if there is anything there to ski - I plan to go back on Sunday to get my August TAY day if there is.
post #8 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by dp
Thanks, Sue!

It was a really great day. Glacier Basin is on the Sunrise side, at the foot of the Interglacier (which is in between the Emmons and Winthrop, hence the name). It is the route that you take to get to Schurman, trailhead at the White River campground about 1000 vertical feet below Sunrise. The Steamship Prow (which you probably couldn't see on your climb if you went via Disappointment Cleaver from Muir) is at the top of the glacier.

This summer heat has been really depressing. I am going to head up to St Mary's Glacier near here tomorrow to week if there is anything there to ski - I plan to go back on Sunday to get my August TAY day if there is.
We came down thru Muir but up the opposite side... will have to get a map and check your route.

You may not get more than 4-5 turns but the St. Mary's Glacier never completely goes away... more about just getting it done at this point than anything.

We still have some patches here up high if you get desperate... my friend Dan, another TAY guy, just got his in a couloir on Wheeler Peak.

Whatcha doin' in December? Got three weeks for an Aconcagua trip? It's going to go...
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
The Fryingpan Glacier is south of the Emmons, so we were on the opposite side of the Emmons. Where did you start from? Looking at my map it seems like you must have hiked in on the Wonderland trail. Glacier Basin is north of where you were, pretty much due east of (just slightly to the north and about 3500 vertical feet below) Camp Schurman. Oh- and looking at my map, White River campground is about 2000vert below Sunrise, not 1000 ft.

I wish I could get away for long enough to join you on Aconcagua! I have at least one trip abroad (Israel) planned this coming year, and I will not be able to get 3 weeks off in a row. Keep me informed of all the details, however- I can enjoy it vicariously! So far my climbing season, with the exception of the Rainier trip, has been non-existant. Too many Sundays on call, and no midweek days off. It has been a very busy summer with fewer staff than we anticipated. It is an absolute necessity to get an alpine start here, so my post call days are useless, as I don't finish call until 7am.
post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by dp
The Fryingpan Glacier is south of the Emmons, so we were on the opposite side of the Emmons. Where did you start from? Looking at my map it seems like you must have hiked in on the Wonderland trail. Glacier Basin is north of where you were, pretty much due east of (just slightly to the north and about 3500 vertical feet below) Camp Schurman. Oh- and looking at my map, White River campground is about 2000vert below Sunrise, not 1000 ft.

I wish I could get away for long enough to join you on Aconcagua! I have at least one trip abroad (Israel) planned this coming year, and I will not be able to get 3 weeks off in a row. Keep me informed of all the details, however- I can enjoy it vicariously! So far my climbing season, with the exception of the Rainier trip, has been non-existant. Too many Sundays on call, and no midweek days off. It has been a very busy summer with fewer staff than we anticipated. It is an absolute necessity to get an alpine start here, so my post call days are useless, as I don't finish call until 7am.
Man, David, keep your head down. That is a scary place to be these days.

I'm sorry to hear you haven't been able to get out as much as you'd like - I'm in much the same boat, I'm afraid. I dislocated my shoulder a few weeks ago which has really put the kibosh on a lot of stuff. I'm slowly starting to get back on the bike, but no hard climbing for some months yet and I can't carry a real pack, either.

Sux getting old. Also sux being responsible, although I guess that's the choice we responsible people make.

Yes, in fact we did go up the Wonderland Trail through Schurman... up the Fryingpan Glacier over the cleaver by Little Tahoma to the Football Field... we joined the Disappointment Cleaver route from there and did an evening summit - had the place to ourselves, which was cool. That was my first glacier trip and a big learning experience.

TR here
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Sue- that is a great TR! I didn't realize that RMI had courses that used an alternative route to Muir.
post #12 of 14
They have their main "death march" trips that include a day of ground school and two days up the mountain thru Muir. This was different - they also have week-long seminars on mountaineering and ski mountaineering, of which this was one. It's a good way to learn the rudiments of glacier travel from people who do a lot of it professionally. It covers a lot of the same material as HAMS and BMS from the Colorado Mountain Club... after taking this class I tested out of BMS so that I could get my "D" cert from the club.

If you're interested there are reports on a couple of other trips on my site. Go to the same web address... try /denali, /ecuador, /nepal, /ely, /ski, /maze. There are probably a couple more. Soon to be /aconcagua, if all works well.
post #13 of 14
"The Steamship Prow (which you probably couldn't see on your climb if you went via Disappointment Cleaver from Muir) is at the top of the glacier."

dp - I think you mean Steamboat Prow... anyhow we were up there on the same route June 25th. It was absolutely spectacular and with a few hops over the stream we could make turns all the way back to Glacier Basin. I think that was the hottest day I have ever had hiking back to the parking lot!
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the correction justski. That is a great route, isn't it? Looking at the TR's on turns all year makes me very jealous of PNW skiers in the summer time. Next year I think we will try again for Adams, and hopefully Shasta as well.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Backcountry, Telemark, and Cross Country › TR: Inter Glacier on Mt Rainier, July 2