Ascent to Mount Rainier-Nisqually Glacier on 1997-02-08

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Glenn Morrison
Shawn P.
Date:Saturday, February 8, 1997
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Rainier - Nisqually Glacier
    Elevation:8500 ft / 2590 m
    Remaining Elevation:5911 ft / 1802 m (64% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

The snow was nasty breakable crust that even skis broke through. It was probably the most difficult surface for travel in the mountains that I have ever encountered. We postholed up the Nisqually Glacier and set up camp at 8500 feet, too low for a summit attempt. The next morning we were cold and tired and just decided to sleep in instead of going higher. This trip was good preparation for our upcoming Denali trips, though.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3652 ft / 1112 m
    Extra Gain:286 ft / 87 m
    Route:Nisqually Glacier
    Trailhead:Paradise  5420 ft / 1652 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Rope, Skis, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Frigid, Calm, Clear

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