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About AndyJB444

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  1. Trip: Mt. Rainier, Washington - Kautz to DC Carryover Date: 7/3/2013 Trip Report: Hey all, Just returned from a fun trip on Rainier going up the Kautz and coming down the DC over the July 4 holiday. We had great weather all days, and had maybe 40mph winds with 32F temps on the summit. Conditions in the Kautz chute were a bit all over the place with about 6 inches of manky snow on top of ice. Higher up the chute in the steeper parts the ice was more prominent. We sunk a couple screws in through this part as a running belay. I was also happy to have 1 ice tool along with my standard mountaineering axe. There is also, what I felt, was a pretty secure fixed line at the rock step prior to dropping onto the Kautz. Though still takes an awkward move or 2 to get past this section. A couple good water sources on route up to about 12k, with an especially solid one about 200 feet above Castle camp. Cheers! Andy Looking up the Fan: Taking a rest while a couple guided teams clear the bottom of the chute: Clearing the crux: A team below: Quick summit shot: Upper DC: Handlines through an ice fall on the upper Ingraham: Party at Muir: Gear Notes: Standard glacier gear + an ice tool. Approach Notes: Paradise