Rainier is Still Winning

Total score for last 12 months (Updated).

Rainier: 4

Ben: 1

Some of you remember my previous Rainier report that had reported 4 attempts without one successful trip this year. With winter coming I realized that I would be staring at the mountain for the next 9 months thinking about how I had never made it to the top for all of 08. That’s a lot of thinking and a lot of time. So, against better judgement I gave my brother a call. My brother operates best with no more than 72 hours of notice. This was perfect because with a three day window of good weather this was the final opportunity until 09.

I have decided to do a more general trip report with some mountaineering info, for those of you who have no idea how such endeavors go down in kind of a photo journal format. If you find the details to be to overbearing I would encourage just look at the pictures.

Sunday September 14th

5:30 AM – Leave house

This picture was taken about 1.5 hours away at 65mph

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9:00 AM – Arrived at Paradise Visitor Center and met Justin and Ben (Justin’s friend)

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This is the View From the Parking Lot

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10:30 AM – Started Hiking from 5400 feet. We usually carry a 40-45 lb pack but this trip we got it down to 30 lbs. Here are some things I did NOT pack to save on weight:

  • a tent
  • a sleeping bag
  • water or snow melting/cooking equipment (All the water we used was glacier runoff).

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The Nisqually Ice Fall

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5:30 PMArrived at Camp Muir Shelter/Base Camp at 10,000 feet.
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Here is a picture of Camp Muir (I didn’t take it)
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6:30 PM – went to sleep
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11:30 PM – Wake up
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Monday September 15th
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1:00 AM Leave basecamp under the full moon
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3:30 AM Hit the base of the Dissapointment Cleaver, 11,300 feet (this is the geographic formation that the most popular route up the mountain is named after)
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The rock formation on the right side it the Cleaver.
You can see tents in the foreground.
It takes about 2 hours to walk up it.
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5:30 AM Clear the top of the Cleaver
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6:48 AM Watch the sunrise
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7:17 AM My Body Crashes, no energy, want to fall asleep standing up
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7:23 AM Eat one snickers bar, one nature valley fruit/nut/granola bar, approx 15 swedish fish (red), one caffenated power gel (these things are aobsolutely disgusting, it was like swallowing a frozen loogie and I choked 3 times while trying to “eat” it), 2 advil, about 8oz of Yerba Mate caffeinated tea, and one 300mg caffeine pill
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7:38 AM Feel like a million bucks
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8:15 AM Reach the summit crater
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This is a picture I took from the edge of the summit Crater.
You can see the Culumbia Crest in the upper left corner.
(CLICK TO ENLARGE)
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8:40 AM Reach the Columbia Crest (True Summit 14,411 feet)
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Video From The Summit
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9:30 AM Head down
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3 inch metal spikes balanced on wobbly 2X4’s balanced on an aluminum latter balanced on ice=
not the most stable I’ve ever felt in my life
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2:00 PM Arrive at Camp Muir
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4:30 PM Arrive at car
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6:30 PM eat one beef soft taco, one crisp beef burrito, one large order of mexi fries at Taco Time
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There you have it. The 08 Climbing Season. If you are interested in hopping on an 09 trip let me know. My Goal each summer is to go up twice. Once with an experienced crew and one trip will be dedicated to getting people up there who have never been.  I will probably do another post or two on things that I learned while I was up there.
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Oh.. and just in case you thought that I lugged a pirate flag up 14,000 feet…
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and didn’t take a picture of me and my brother waving it….
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in the 20 degree windchill….
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with our shirts off…
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than…

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6 thoughts

  1. Cool Shot! I don’t think I’ve ever seen Ben smile so much before. He must be very happy – that – or the high altitude is making him lightheaded.

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