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Ascent of Mount Rainier on 2021-06-28

Climber: Rick Teudt

Date:Monday, June 28, 2021
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Mount Rainier
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:13200 ft / 4023 m

Ascent Trip Report

Attempted to summit on a historically hot day - 90 deg at Paradise, 108 deg in Seattle. Hike to Camp Muir was bearable if not pleasant because of an early start and a strong, sometimes gusty, cool breeze. Arrived at camp around noon and found lots of room. Set up camp, melted snow, ate dinner, and retired to the tent around 6 pm with plans to start getting ready at 10 pm for an 11:30 pm departure. Snow firmed up a little overnight but still very soft. Made good time to Ingraham Flats and up DC, crossing a ladder and several obviously thin snow bridges. There were a few places with holes where climbers had punched through. At the top of DC one person on my rope threw up, but felt better after a little rest. Continued to 13,200 ft where I ended up with a pounding headache, and the person who threw up felt sick again. Since we expected conditions to deteriorate from sun/heat, and two of us weren't feeling well, we decided to play it safe and I led my rope back to Camp Muir. Other rope in group continued and reached summit successfully. Not sure what caused the headache, but it was probably some combination of altitude, >26 hours without sleep, and heat from the day before.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:8000 ft / 2438 m
    Total Elevation Loss:8000 ft / 2438 m
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Scramble, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Headlamp, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:8000 ft / 2438 m
    Loss on way in:8000 ft / 2438 m
    Distance:12.1 mi / 19.5 km
    Route:DC
Descent Statistics



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