Ascent of Mount Rainier on 2012-08-13

Climber: Eric John Behnke

Others in Party:Ron Cloud
Date:Monday, August 13, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Rainier
    Elevation:14411 ft / 4392 m

Ascent Trip Report

Successful goal of standing on summit for my 50th Birthday! Was pushed off this mountain due to harsh weather in 1990. Began at Climbing center near Paradise Inn after paying $43 per climber for annual permit. Slow acclimatizing hike to Muir Hut 10am to 5pm. Had entire Muir Hut to ourselves (myself and climbing partner Dr. Ron Cloud). Dinner and melting snow for water until 11pm (MSR whisperlight stove was working nominally - mistake not bringing my MSR XGK EX stove). 1hour rest then prep for climb at midnight. Head off again at 1:30am via Disappointment Cleaver (got off route in the dark) and hit summit before 11am. Return to Muir Hut at 5pm (met UCLA co-worker Albin Gritsch, MD at hut on his way up), rearranged gear and headed off down mountain at 6pm making back to Paradise Inn at midnight.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9011 ft / 2746 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Hut Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:9011 ft / 2746 m
    Route:Muir Hut - Disappointment Cleaver
    Start Trailhead:Paradise Inn  5400 ft / 1645 m
    Time:30 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:12 Hours 

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