Ascent of Mount Rainier on 2006-06-22

Climber: Caj Svensson

Others in Party:Eva
Date:Thursday, June 22, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rainier
    Elevation:14411 ft / 4392 m

Ascent Trip Report

Went back north after the Oregon adventure. Made a climb to about 9000 ft at the Muir snow field to acclimatize. Camped for two days and hiked to Camp Muir to gain more high altitude time. Went back to Paradise and took off to REI in Seattle to meet with friends Calvin and Pat and to stock up.
The big climb started late in the day, i.e. after lunch. We hiked up onto the Wilson Glacier and had to route around crevasses and it took a good time to reach to just about 8800 ft. Started to freeze so we had to set camp. Alarm went off at 2 with departure after 3. Eva didn't feel strong and also tired, Pat had a flu and both turned around to go back to the camp after about an hour.
Calvin and I continued up the steep Furter Finger to the Nisqually Glacier, passed east of Point Success and continued up to the Colombia Crest. The Nisqually climb was very monotonous in more than 3000 ft.
The wind was strong at the crest so we took cover just below the summit. My camera froze so I couldn't get a summit picture. A quick rest before turning back down the same way. We returned to the camp and a disappointed wife at about noon.
State highpoint #36 for me. Eva is still at #35.
Hiked back to Paradise and drove down the mountain to Ashford were we all four had dinner on us before splitting. Calvin and Pat went back to Jackson, Wy. Eva and I had some time to spend and went east, to the Olympic NP to see a rain forest and other attractions.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9411 ft / 2867 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Trailhead:5400 ft / 1645 m
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:3 nights away from roads

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