Ascent of Mount Rainier on 2018-05-13

Climber: Fred Newman

Date:Sunday, May 13, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rainier
    Elevation:14411 ft / 4392 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took Comet Falls TH to bivy below the Castle. Ugh. It is a real sidehilly postholey shwack before the trail melts out that didn't save the time we thought it might. Next time I'll just cross the lower Nisqually. My partner and I met two friends on the way up, though one of them wasn't feeling well. Moving as a party of 3 by a little after 4, up the Fuhrer Finger with like 20 other skiers and splitboarders. Route traveled straight up the center of upper Nisqually Glacier with very mellow crevasse crossings. Eventually topped out around 12. Skied back through the couloir around 1 which was a little late. Super fun, but I can see why harvesting the corn at the right time makes this line such a classic. Picked up our shiz at the bivy and skied down through ever softening slush. Van Trump Glacier was a nice cap to the day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10700 ft / 3261 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Skis, Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:10700 ft / 3261 m
    Route:Fuhrer Finger
    Start Trailhead:3711 ft / 1131 m
Descent Statistics

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