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Dylan Colon

[TR] Mount Rainier - Liberty Ridge 06/03/2019

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Trip: Mount Rainier - Liberty Ridge

Trip Date: 06/03/2019

Trip Report:


My friend Matthew and I headed up a couple of days ago to attempt Liberty Ridge, but in the face of high winds decided it just wasn't the time. The recent accident also definitely contributed to our unease. If anyone is interested in conditions, however, here are a couple of photos.


The boot pack on the Carbon went through the right of the two obvious corridors through the chaos in the photo, the line seemed very direct from what I could tell from Curtis Ridge towards the west side snowfield below Thumb Rock. A couple of skiers we ran into said the schrund at the top of the Carbon looked very manageable.

The ridge itself looks pretty well covered still, with exposed ice near the top of the Black Pyramid, but in what appear to be very manageable quantities.

Crossing the Winthrop was mostly trivial, with one narrowish bridge near the far northwest side.

View of the Carbon:


Close up of the route:


Gear Notes:
Just standard glacier travel gear for the Winthrop.

Approach Notes:
Standard approach from White River

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2 hours ago, JasonG said:

Wow, the Carbon looks terrible for this time of year!

Not to mention the ridge itself.  It looks more like mid July Than early June.

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3 minutes ago, DPS said:

It looks more like mid July Than early June.


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3 minutes ago, JasonG said:


Yeah, gag me with a spoon.

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