Trip: Mount Rainier - Ptarmigan Ridge Trip Date: 05/28/2018 Trip Report:
We climbed Ptarmigan Ridge on Monday and found it much more melted out than reports from previous years. Sunday night we camped at the 10,300ft bivy sites below the climb. Monday morning we left camp at 5am and climbed continuous snow/ice to the traverse section. In the middle of the steep traverse is an unavoidable 30m section of exposed frozen mud and very thin ice to cross. The hourglass feature is melted out and requires 5m of mixed climbing. Rock fall occurred intermittently from the crumbling cliffs above the traverse and the hourglass.
Snow continues above this to a small belay cave. Above the cave is a full pitch of WI3 with good quality and fun water ice. Snow continues above this, but turns to talus below the chimney. The two pins are still in place in a crack on the right side of the chimney.
We topped out mid day, then hiked over Liberty Cap and Columbia Crest and descended down the Emmons.
4 pickets, 6 screws, 60m rope Approach Notes:
Up and over St Elmo's Pass and across the Winthrop and Carbon Glaciers.