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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Rainier: Muir Climbs #2 & 3

Been busy lately - I'm leaving on my fourth Muir climb tomorrow morning. Here's a synopsis of my last two trips.


3 Day Muir May 30 - June 1:

A recent storm cycle was just ending; freezing levels shot up and blue skies abounded, but that all added up to rather unstable snow conditions on the upper mountain. Due to avalanche danger we were unable to travel to high camp at Ingraham Flats and stayed at Muir both nights.

EITAN GREEN: SUPER-GUIDE

Photo courtesy of Peter Bakelaar

DINNER TIME IN THE WEATHERPORT


SUNSET ON MUIR PEAK


EITAN ASSESSING AVY CONDITIONS AT DUNN'S ROLL


HEADING DOWN: BEAUTIFUL DAY ON THE SNOWFIELD


Link: Rainier: 3 Day Muir May 28 - June 1 photo set on Flickr »


3 Day Muir June 7-9:

By the following weekend snow conditions had settled considerably and we were back to our usual regimen. Our main challenge this time around was high winds, which we first encountered while hiking to Muir on day one. They weren't really an issue the next day, but on summit day the winds were back. Fortunately three out of our four rope teams made the summit crater despite 50 mph gusts - a strong effort. At 13,300k my team began to feel the effects of altitude and turned around. Then it was a hot descent to Paradise through endless "mashed potato" snow for us all.

HIKING INTO THE FOG ABOVE PARADISE


WINDS GUSTING TO 40+ MPH ON THE SNOWFIELD


APPROACHING HIGH CAMP AT INGRAHAM FLATS


CLIMBERS ALL OVER THE UPPER MOUNTAIN


PEBBLE CREEK IS BEGINNING TO MELT OUT


NICHOLAS DEMONSTRATING THE POST-SUMMIT LIE-BACK IN THE PARADISE PARKING LOT


Link: Rainier: 3 Day Muir June 7-9 photo set on Flickr »

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