Ascent of Panorama Point on 2013-08-12

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:David Musser
7 team members training for Rainier ascent with RMI guides
Date:Monday, August 12, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Panorama Point
    Elevation:6920 ft / 2109 m

Ascent Trip Report

Panarama Point was not our goal but we ended up getting it. This was part of our training day to climb Rainier and the guides used the snow bowl under the point for a day of training. The extra gain and mileage was due to the work climbing up and down the slopes several times practicing with the ropes and crampons and self arrest. We got to practice using the anchors and snow climbing along the cornice wall but over where it was safe and around 80 degrees not 90 degree vertical. At this time of year the snow had a steep glissage type trail to the top for the hikers and they were enjoying carefully hiking up to the top and then glissading down to the rocks. I ended up snow climbing the wall and then walking up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1820 ft / 554 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1820 ft / 554 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Grade/Class:class 1; and then sn
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Aid Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
55F beautiful day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1520 ft / 463 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Golden Gate Trail to Skyline Trail
    Start Trailhead:Paradise Visitor Center  5400 ft / 1645 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1820 ft / 554 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1520 ft / 464 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:reverse (same)
    End Trailhead:Paradise Visitor Center  5400 ft / 1645 m

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