Ascent to Mount Rainier-Muir Camp on 1997-05-24

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Saturday, May 24, 1997
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Rainier - Muir Camp
    Elevation:10100 ft / 3078 m
    Remaining Elevation:4311 ft / 1314 m (48% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Two days after I climbed Mount Hood, a front had moved in and the whole region was under clouds and general bad weather. Since I was already in the area and had made plans to climb this peak with two friends, we went for it anyway. The fog was thick even at Paradise, and we couldn't see 20 feet for most of the hike to Muir Camp. Eventually, we got above the fog layer and had magnificent views. Unfortunately, now we had rock-hard ice and strong winds. We got to Muir Camp, set up a tent, barely slept, and called off the summit hike. Teams that had left already were returning. Apparently, no one would summit this day. We trudged back down to Paradise later the second day.

I can't say I had fun on this ordeal, but I learned a lot from it. I came back three months later and successfully climbed this peak with one of the two pals I was with in May.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4660 ft / 1420 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Muir snowfield
    Trailhead:Paradise Ranger Station  5440 ft / 1658 m
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Snowshoes

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