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Ascent of Mount Rainier on 2003-08-16

Climber: Doug Urban

Others in Party:Tap Richards
Heidi Eichner
Jason Tanguay
Mason Stafford
Ed Erickson
Norm Rosensweig
Date:Saturday, August 16, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rainier
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:14411 ft / 4392 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started our climb from the White River Campground at 4400'. Hiked along the White River up to Inter Glacier camp at about 8000' and made camp. The next day we practiced self-arrest on the glacier and climbed up to Steamboat Prow and made camp at Camp Schurman (9500'). Started from Camp Schurman at 2:00 AM. Climbed with guides Jason Tanguay, Tap Richards, Heidi Eichner, and Mason Stafford from IMG under beautiful stars and a bright red planet Mars. Two members of our team turned around with a guide due to altitude sickness. I reached the summit with friend Ed and Norm from Connecticut. Snow was slushy and crevasses dangerous on way down. Stayed one more night at Camp Schurman and then hiked down. Thought it was cool that 2 of my guides have recently completed the Seven summits (2006) and another has climbed Denali, Vinson, Kili, and Everest. Also had dinner with IMG owner Eric Simonson the night before our climb started. Nice guy. My first mountain climb ever. HP #1.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:10011 ft / 3051 m
    Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Route:Emmons-Winthrop Glacier
    Trailhead:White River Campground  4400 ft / 1341 m
    Route Conditions:
Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:3 nights away from roads



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