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Ascent of Mount Rainier on 2009-08-03

Climber: Ryan Duckworth

Date:Monday, August 3, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rainier
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:14411 ft / 4392 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 1 - White River CG to Glacier Basin CG
Rough trail, sometimes difficult to folow through river areas. Fairly well marked by caution tape hanging from trees and bushes or pinned under rocks.

Day 2 - Glacier Basin CG - Camp Schurman
Traveled via the Inter Glacier (roped!!). Some sketchy icy areas. a few small cracks to jump, nothing serious.

Day 3 - Camp Schurman to summit back to the car (left 3AM, summit 11AM, back to Camp at 3:30PM, out to car at 10:30PM, in bed 1AM)
Perfect weather!!! Sunny, clear, ~30 degrees, <15mph winds on the summit. Warmer and less windy below. Rangers were shirtless and shoeless at Schurman. Lots of crevasses to navigate. Main route melted out the day before. 2-3 seriously sketchy crevasse jumps/bridges that I would not try 2-3 days later. Walk out was hell on the knees.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:10011 ft / 3051 m
    Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Route:Emmons Glacier (via Inter Glacier)
    Trailhead:White River Campground  4400 ft / 1341 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Days 22 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:0 Days 11 Hours 0 Minutes



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