Mt Rainier (14411 ft)
Emmons Glacier Route
July 26-28, 2002
Matt, Steve, Kim and I climbed Mt Rainier this weekend via the Emmons Glacier...and got pummeled by strong winds on the way down....
Friday, Arrived at 8300' camp on Interglacier around 9:30pm
Saturday, Arrived at 10100' camp on Emmons glacier around 3:30pm
Sunday, Left camp at 12:30am, reached summit at 7:15am
Route conditions on the Emmons were excellent. We had to traverse left under the bergschrund and join the DC route which probably added an hour to our time. About 12,500' we ran into some wet clouds that quickly coated our packs, jackets, and ice axes with a few millimeters of ice. This coupled with the ever increasing winds made things pretty chilly when we stopped. But as long as we kept moving we were fine. From the beginning we all worked together really well on the rope travel and found a nice moderate pace that kept us moving. I think we only stopped 4-5 times on the entire way up, and the longest of these breaks was about 10 minutes.
Entering the crater rim we met very strong winds that nearly knocked us over. Once inside the crater the winds were much less.
Visibility at the summit was zero as clouds were constantly blowing through.
Here are some of Steve's photos!
Here are some of the photos Kim and I took
Day 1: White River Campground to Camp Curtis 4.7 miles, 4330' elevation gain.
Day 2: Camp Curtis to High Camp 1.02 miles, 1685' gain -415' loss= +1270' gain.
Day 3: High Camp to Summit 1.57 miles, 4311' elevation gain.