Ascent of Mount Rainier in 2012-03

Climber: Paul Barish

Date:March, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Mount Rainier
    Elevation:6200 ft / 1889 m

Ascent Trip Report

I signed up for a winter skills seminar with RMI as well as a summit attempt but the weather was so bad that the avalanche danger was extreme on the scale. There were avalanches everywhere. We were supposed to get onto the mountain on the 13th but due to road closure we could not get up. On the 14th we got the road plowed by the park rangers and drove to paradise. After we got to paradise we hiked through knee to waist deep snow for about an hour in our snowshoes. We set up camp around 6000 feet. Over the next couple of days there was non stopped heavy snow. While this was happening we worked on climbing techniques and avalanche rescue techniques and how to properly camp in the snow and extreme weather. On Friday we had the once in a week opportunity to leave with the park ranger plowing the road so we took it. Back in Ashford we were taught crevasse rescue techniques and then closed up the seminar. It was very informative and I learned a lot. Also the terrible winter weather only farther peeked my interest in some of my intense winter climbing goals. RMI was great.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Guide, Tent Camp

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