Ascent of Mount Rainier on 2020-07-11

Climber: Dustin Wittmier

Date:Saturday, July 11, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rainier
    Elevation:14411 ft / 4392 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our ascent followed the Kautz Ice Chute route. Consistent snow began just outside of the parking lot and made for simple travel. We used the late summer track to descend to the Lower Nisqually and in hindsight would have just gone through Glacier Vista. Ascending to The Castle and The Rock Step was very straightforward and almost entirely on snow. The route is just beginning to have penitentes, but not too uncomfortable yet. The Kautz Ice Chute proper was simple, we transitioned from short roping where the ice began in earnest and made one 60m pitch to surmount the final steep pitch. Getting off the Wapowety Cleaver was also easy and we made some minor switchbacks to the summit.

In a year where guiding is not happening as of yet, we were unsure about descending the DC. However, it had just been wanded by IMG guides and appeared to be easy to follow. We decided to take it. While it was not the typical shoveled path you would see in July, the route was in very good shape. It went pretty direct to the top of Gibraltar before making an easy traverse to the top of the Disappointment Cleaver. From there, the route was as standard as it gets. 2/3 of the cleaver proper was descended on the shoulder, utilizing snow switchbacks.

14.9mi, 9500', 16:46
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9501 ft / 2895 m
    Total Elevation Loss:9501 ft / 2895 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14.9 mi / 24 km
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:9391 ft / 2862 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 9051 ft / 2759 m; Extra: 340 ft / 103m
    Loss on way in:340 ft / 103 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.2 km
    Route:Kautz Ice Chute
    Start Trailhead:Paradise Lower Lot  5360 ft / 1633 m
    Time:10 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:9161 ft / 2792 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 9051 ft / 2759 m; Extra: 110 ft / 33m
    Gain on way out:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:7.9 mi / 12.8 km
    Route:Disappointment Cleaver
    End Trailhead:Paradise Lower Lot  5360 ft / 1633 m
    Time:5 Hours 51 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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