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  1. Climb: Mt. Rainier-Fuhrer Finger


    Date of Climb: 6/24/2005


    Trip Report:

    Group of 3 of us left for FF friday around 2:30, at bivi on Wapowety Cleaver by 7:30. Left at 2:30 am, napped at around 13k and waited for the temps to drop, then slogged up to the summit in time for sunset. (sat. night) Had an awesome bivi in the crater, stars out and temps dropping low. Running out of fuel, food, and the hords of tourists pouring over the rim prompted us to head down. Rim-Muir in 3 hrs, then 1:45 down to the car. The route was in prime shape with no serious obstacles. We experienced only minor ice/rockfall. ID is still in reasonable shape. I'm not familiar with the DC route but it sure looks nasty at the bottom, the edge of the snowfield is melted out with a 20-30 ft. moat visible........is this normal? Overall excellent weather and the summit bivi was a nice bonus, go light and try it in good weather.


    Gear Notes:

    2 pickets, rope, balls


    Approach Notes:

    Nisqually glacier is good. Nisqually fan (hourglass) on other side is totally melted out but very doable, just loose rubble.


    4)I wouldn't recommend dscending the Lake Serene route if you have not been up it.


    Hiked up the "original" trail up to the lake a couple weeks ago just for nostalgia's sake. Was wondering how many people remember how epic this short route can be, especially on the decent. Also who's been in the mines at the end of the abandoned road? I bivi'd in them once when I was about 15........damn creepy. BTW a new trail carves up the slope to the east of Bridal Veil Falls now.

  3. bouldering is "real" climbing.


    "roped-rock climbers" engage in assisted dabbery.


    Bouldering "might" be real climbing for some people, but come on you know deep in your adolescent heart that you really want to move on the something bigger, and you probably will.............when you can afford to buy a rope.

  4. 2 years ago I spent a night out above Paradise after getting disorientated coming off the Muir snowfield, I had no gear and temps of 12 degrees. I learned to always take H2O proof matches, a small tarp or bivi sac, and extra dry fleece gloves. Of course if Dan was alpine skiing he wouldn't be expected to anticipate being in the backcountry. My skull hat's off to this guy. This guy Dan is a hard-ass to the 10th degree, holy shit the mind games he must have endured to keep dealing with those conditions...........BTW how in hell could anyone cover those distances and elevation gains/losses in alpine gear? Sure AT or Tele, but alpine? Looking forward to more info...........

    Welcome home Dan! wave.gif