Ascent of Mount Rainier on 2015-07-02
|Others in Party:||Austin D. Smith -- Trip Report or GPS Track|
|Date:||Thursday, July 2, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||14411 ft / 4392 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe DC route, as it is called, was still in good shape despite the warmest June in Seattle on record. The top 2/3 of the cleaver (600 vertical feet) was bypassed by a nice boot-packed trail on the south-side snowfield. Only the bottom 250' of trail was on the cleaver itself (which is not as loose or dangerous as I expected based on the reports of others). There were 5 ladders in place, 4 of which were necessary; one section of 300' of fixed rope picketed into 7 or 8 segments; 3 or 4 pickets in random places to be clipped as running protection, one of which was missing its carabiner; and about 10' of knotted rope to be used as handholds. We stayed a night at Camp Muir and then a second at Ingraham Flats, leaving for the summit at 12:30 AM. Reached the summit at 5:45 AM. Winds varied on the summit day from calm to 20 mph. Snow was soft by the time we returned to our tent at 10:30 AM. Obtaining a mid-week permit to stay at Camp Muir and Ingraham Flats was not a problem as neither camp was at capacity.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||9171 ft / 2794 m|
| Extra Gain:||100 ft / 30 m|
| Route:||Disappointment Cleaver|
| Trailhead:||5440 ft / 1658 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp|
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