Ascent of Mount Rainier on 1998-06-11
|Date:||Thursday, June 11, 1998|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||14411 ft / 4392 m|
Ascent Trip ReportBegan ascent on June 11, 1998 around 10 am and arrived at camp Muir in the afternoon about the time of the big avalanche. The military helicopter landed in camp awaiting the rescue teams to bring the injured and dead down.
The avalanche triggered by a guide's stumble while crossing a treacherous ice face caught climbers below on Disappointment Cleaver at approximately 11,400 feet. One of the climbers, Patrick Nestler, age 29, of Rowayton, Connecticut, died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.
We left Muir at midnight and ascended to the summit by full moon, crossing over the vary avalanche area and cravasses that had claimed lives earlier. We watched the sun rise from the top of Disappointment cleaver and then summitted about 8am on June 12th, 1998.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||9000 ft / 2743 m|
| Distance:||16 mi / 25.7 km|
| Route:||Disappointment Cleaver|
| Trailhead:||5411 ft / 1649 m|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb, Ice Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles|
| Nights Spent:||1 nights away from roads|
| Weather:||Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Time Up:||15 Hours |
| Time Down:||2 Hours |
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