Mount Rainier 14,409' - Disappointment Cleaver Route
Doug invited me to join him on a climb of Mount Rainier with RMIGuides.
We flew up and stayed near the base of Rainier in Ashford, WA. The day after we arrived in Ashford, we hiked from Paradise(5,600') to Camp Muir(10,000') to help us get acclimated . The following day we drove back up to Paradise and hiked up to around 8,000' before we headed back down to check in with RMI. The day after that we went with our team from RMI to Paradise and hiked up to some ridges to practice climbing roped up in groups and team arresting. The next day our 2 day climb begins.
July 9, 2013: Our climb up Mount Rainier started at Paradise(5,600') mid morning.
After a five hour hike up to Camp Muir(10,100'), we ate dinner, and tried to sleep before our early am summit push with RMI guide Lance Colley.
Leaving Camp Muir
Our route to the summit of Rainier traversed across the Cowlitz Glacier with a few crevasses to navigate over and around. From there we ascended Cathedral Gap to the back side of Cathedral Ridge to Ingraham Flats. Our traverse to Disappointment Cleaver was followed up by our climb up the 'shoulder' of the Cleaver, continued up the flanks of the ridge until 12,300'. We took our second break there. Jason warned that if you have less than 75% left in your tank this is when you should head back. Half our team decided to turn back and wait for us at Camp Muir.
Then we headed south towards Camp Comfort near the top of Gibraltar Rock. We traversed up to just above Camp Comfort at 12,800'.
We then took another break and met up with the old route at about 13,900' for the last 300' to the crater rim.
We reached the summit crater around 6:00 am. It was very windy and quite cold.
Descending from the crater rim with a GoPro 960 on my climbing helmet.
Here are some pictures that Lance took of us with my phone.