Ascent to Mount Rainier-Nisqually Basin on 1997-03-29

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Glenn Morrison
Scott D.
Date:Saturday, March 29, 1997
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Point Reached:Mount Rainier - Nisqually Basin
    Elevation:6900 ft / 2103 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started at Paradise and skinned up to Panorama Point, where we hit a white-out so decided to retreat. So instead we climbed over Glacier Vista and up into the Nisqually Glacier trench, where we got to almost 7000 feet. From there, we skied all the way down the Nisqually Glacier to the road bridge, where we had left a car. It was nice to get the extra 1500' of ski descent.

There were four of us on the trip, each with a different gear set-up: Glenn had Telemark skis, Scott a snowboard, my girlfriend used standard downhill gear I carried uphill for her, and I was on Alpine-touring gear.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1840 ft / 560 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3347 ft / 1019 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Skis, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1840 ft / 560 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1480 ft / 451 m; Extra: 360 ft / 109m
    Loss on way in:360 ft / 109 m
    Start Trailhead:Paradise  5420 ft / 1652 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2987 ft / 910 m
    End Trailhead:Nisqually Bridge  3913 ft / 1192 m

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