Ascent to Mount Rainier-Just shy of Ingraham Flats on 2014-05-11

Climber: Michael Lewis

Others in Party:Josh Lewis
Matt Solimski and Taras
Date:Sunday, May 11, 2014
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Rainier - Just shy of Ingraham Flats
    Elevation:11000 ft / 3352 m
    Remaining Elevation:3411 ft / 1040 m (37% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

A fun attempt with Josh Lewis, Matt Solimski and Taras. Fresh snow on the upper mountain meant breaking trail on the glaciers. Half a mile in, one of our team had to retreat due to fatigue. It was neat breaking trail across the Cowlitz but at cathedral gap snow was starting to pinwheel. Matt took over and sped through this section. We turned around when we noticed poor cohesion of snow layers and our progress became ridiculously slow in the waist deep snow at about 11,000'. Watching skiers and snowboarders on the way down made me wish I could do that. I will return.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6039 ft / 1840 m
    Extra Gain:250 ft / 76 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.8 mi / 17.4 km
    Route:Disappointment Cleaver
    Trailhead:Paradise  5461 ft / 1664 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Snowshoes, Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Time:20 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:6 Hours 

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