Ascent of Mount Rainier on 2003-08-16
|Others in Party:||Tap Richards|
|Date:||Saturday, August 16, 2003|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||14411 ft / 4392 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe started our climb from the White River Campground at 4400'. Hiked along the White River up to Inter Glacier camp at about 8000' and made camp. The next day we practiced self-arrest on the glacier and climbed up to Steamboat Prow and made camp at Camp Schurman (9500'). Started from Camp Schurman at 2:00 AM. Climbed with guides Jason Tanguay, Tap Richards, Heidi Eichner, and Mason Stafford from IMG under beautiful stars and a bright red planet Mars. Two members of our team turned around with a guide due to altitude sickness. I reached the summit with friend Ed and Norm from Connecticut. Snow was slushy and crevasses dangerous on way down. Stayed one more night at Camp Schurman and then hiked down. Thought it was cool that 2 of my guides have recently completed the Seven summits (2006) and another has climbed Denali, Vinson, Kili, and Everest. Also had dinner with IMG owner Eric Simonson the night before our climb started. Nice guy. My first mountain climb ever. HP #1.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||10011 ft / 3051 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||15 mi / 24.1 km|
| Route:||Emmons-Winthrop Glacier|
| Trailhead:||White River Campground 4400 ft / 1341 m|
| Route Conditions:||Glacier Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide, Tent Camp|
| Nights Spent:||3 nights away from roads|
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