Ascent of Mount Rainier on 1998-06-11

Climber: Isaac Heckman

Date:Thursday, June 11, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rainier
    Elevation:14411 ft / 4392 m

Ascent Trip Report

Began 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:15 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 

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