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Monday, June 14, 2010

Rainier 2010: Trip #2, June 10-12

DAY ONE:
Better weather this time, though we started off with some rain, it quickly turned to light snow, then fog, then clear skies by the time we made Camp Muir.

THE MOUNTAIN


NISQUALLY GLACIER


COOK TENT AT MUIR


SUNSET ON MUIR


DAY TWO:
We were still very concerned about avalanche hazard on route and decided not to move to high camp. Instead we conducted an extended snow school, took a little trip up the ridge above camp and toured a crevasse on the Cowlitz Glacier below camp.

PRACTICING ICE AXE ARREST


GOOD TIMES


DAY THREE:
We'd nixed a summit bid but took an early morning walk up to high camp at Ingraham Flats (11,200 ft). Me and two other guides, Cece and Mike, ran ahead and dug some snow pits along the way - still a bunch of funky layers there that we didn't like, but we felt it was safe enough to continue up to the Flats. We were able to dig out high camp (nobody'd been there for a week) and set up the tents. At least we could begin camping up there again. Then we hiked out, down a very warm and sloppy Muir Snowfield. It was a beautiful Saturday, so it was gonzo with hikers and climbers. Stopped at Whitaker's for a post-trip meal, downed a double bacon burger w/ cheese and a beer, then drove home. Yum.

More pics: 3 Day Muir June 10-12 on FlickrĀ»

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