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Mt. Rainier 06.20.2013

06/22/2013

Hiking in Rainier National Park Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

We made it to 12,300 feet above the Disappointment Cleaver section of the route.

I found the route a very challenging climb, and frankly…a bit above my skill level.

The Cleaver itself is very steep, for most of the Cleaver you are literally climbing straight up, and RMI keeps a rapid pace (for efficiency and safety).

We did not make the summit.

Big learning adventure, and we gained a better understanding of what to expect for the next attempt.

It was inspiring just being up there; looking forward to returning.

The weather forecast started out with rain/snow.

We climbed to Camp Muir in relatively bad weather. We were concerned we may not be able to climb that night.

The weather view from Whittaker’s Bunkhouse

Mt. Rainier Weather - Mixed - Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

Rain was off and on.

Whittaker's Bunkhouse Sign Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

Room L 32 Whittaker's Bunkhouse Lodge Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

Lou Whittaker climbing inspiration on our room wall.

Lou Whittaker Climbing Framed Photo

The climb to Camp Muir.

Climbers Making Their Way Up to Camp Muir Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

Climbers Making Their Way Up to Camp Muir Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

Once we got up to Camp Muir the cloud layer settled below our elevation at 10,080 ft.

View of Cloud Layer at Camp Muir Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

The accomodations are relatively sparse, although it is clear that RMI is well resourced.

Accommodations at Camp Muir Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

Latrine Down the Hall at Camp Muir

Looking Up at Camp Muir Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

Looking across the Cowlitz Glacier to Cathedral Rocks. Cathedral Gap is on the right side, where we would be climbing in the morning to access the Cleaver.

Cathedral Rocks Across the Cowlitz Glacier Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

James Garrigus making a gear adjustment on the route.

James Garrigus making a gear adjustment on the route.


Little Tahoma Peak at dawn.

Little Tahoma Peak at Dawn Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

Cloud Layer at Dawn Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

The top of Mt. Adams (12,281 ft./3742m) peaked out between the cloud layers.

Crevasses on Mt. Rainier Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

Mt. Adams View Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

The tents at Ingraham Flats camp on the Ingraham Glacier.

Camp at Ingraham Flats Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

We reached the top of the Cleaver and turned around. We down climbed the rest of the morning and made it safely back to Camp Muir at around 6:00AM. Thank you Leah.

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A few more pictures from the trip –

Mt. Rainier Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

Mt. Rainier Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

Mt. Rainier National Park Picture Taken by Joel Bornzin

The RMI Guides were complete professionals and it was clear that our safety was the highest priority. At all times, I felt confident in our guides. I can recommend climbing with RMI. Just make sure you are in the best shape of your life and can keep a quick pace at altitude.

We were also impressed with the whole Whittaker operation. They really have built a whole experience, from the Bunkhouse, to the Cafe, to rentals and retail sales outlet, to Basecamp Bar & Grill…they have quite an operation going. Everyone on the staff was very nice and polite to us the entire trip.

We had an awesome adventure and look forward to coming back.

Our expedition was led by Tyler Reid.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Frank Lynn friend of Doug Flagg permalink
    06/24/2013 9:44 am

    What a great climb. Thanks for the photo’s and your story.

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