Ascent of Mount Rainier-Southeast Crater Rim on 2013-08-11

Climber: Ryan Wichelns

Others in Party:Gabe Messercola
Big City Mountaineers Rainier No.3
Date:Sunday, August 11, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rainier-Southeast Crater Rim
    Elevation:14200 ft / 4328 m

Ascent Trip Report

Guided by RMI as a Big City Mountaineers group. Climbed up to Muir Saturday and spent the night. Watched storms roll in and the air become electrified but it held off for the most part. Roped up around 12:30 the next morning, still watching some lightning in the distance but never enough to turn us around. Clear up high just as the sun was rising but as soon as we climbed higher, we were socked in. Total white-out conditions, temps probably in the 20s plus 20mph winds on the summit. Decided not to continue over to Columbia but we summitted. Back down in record time, boot-skiing down the snowfield.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb, Aid Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Hut Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads

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