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Ascent of Mount Rainier on 2016-06-28

Climber: Tomoko Nakajima

Others in Party:Ken and Lou
Date:Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rainier
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:14411 ft / 4392 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ken arrived at PDX on 6/27 AM and I picked him up and brought him back to my Portland home. On 6/28, 5AM, Lou, Ken and I left my home to get to Paradise Ranger Station in Mt Rainier N.P. We got there before 9AM. We dropped off our heavy backpacks and visited ranger station to get climbing permit. Started to ascent around 11AM. In May, majority of mountains are all white, covered by snow completely, however, at the end of June, the base of mountains have no longer snow. This is the 3rd time I came here (last 2 times were up to Camp Muir for practices) and I first time saw the ground and man-made stone stairs of skyline trail!! All the way up to Camp Muir, there are wands, thus, if you keep track of them, you don't get lost without mountain guides. We reached to the Camp Muir around 3:30pm. We picked up the spaces and started to set up tent. This was also first time I brought separately sold Mountain Hardware Direkt2 vestibule with its tent. It took for a while to set it up as the first time user. Ken and I did pretty good job to set it up. Right after this, I know making water from snow is next massive job before eating or sleeping. I spent so much time to do this for 3 people's water tomorrow climbing (6L for 3 ppl) & dinner (1.5L for 3 ppl) and (2.5 L for over night and breakfast). While I was making water, Lou and Ken set up the roping (created coils, making 8 knots, butterfly knot). We ate, chatted tomorrow's climbing plan, then slept around 8:30pm. We woke up 12:30am and left camp muir around 2am. We're the last climbers who left camp Muir at that day. Soon after we reached to Ingraham Flat, we started to come across many climbers' groups who gave up to ascent. We chatted each group and resumed climbing. During ascent, passing rocky area of Disappointment Cleaver was interesting climbing for me. But descent here was really tough on scree and loose rocks to step by step down climb. After D.C., it was all the way up to rim, there were zig zag to climb on showy fields besides large crevasses. I felt like it takes forever to get to the rim. After reaching rim, we dropped our backpacks. brought camera and jacket to the real summit. We took some pix and came down to rim. The ascent between 11k to 14k was kinda boring ascent. up, up and up.... We took the same route all the way down to Camp Muir. Then, hiked out to Paradise Ranger Station next day. It was 3 days climbing trip.
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USGS Summit Marker at Mt Rainier with my boots! (2016-06-29). Photo by Tomoko Nakajima.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9011 ft / 2746 m
    Route:D.C. via Camp Muir
    Trailhead:Paradise Ranger Station  5400 ft / 1645 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Tomoko Nakajima
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