fear Posted January 6, 2004 Share Posted January 6, 2004 Hey there, Planning to climb LR on Rainier the last week in May with one other partner. Planned descent is the Emmons. Standard deal. Planning to travel as light as possible so I had a few trip/gear questions for those who have done the route. The earliest I've done Rainier has been July and a couple years in late August. I assume it's quite colder in May.... Always made do with a 20 degree bag. I'm planning on the same 20 degree synth bag for LR(we will hopefully be in a Bibler Eldo wearing all our clothes too). Good idea? What are the normal temps/weather in late May like at ~10,000 and at the summit? We're both pretty decent ice climbers and would be comfortable soloing most easy WI3's at sea level. Now with a 20-30# pack at 14k in 40 mph winds is of course a different story. From everything I've read it sounds pretty easy, technically anyway, in late May(but please correct me). So we were planning a super light rack. 1 ~70cm mtneering axe each(BD raven) + 1 short technical (CM quark) tool 4 screws total (two good BD steel and 2 cheap titanium) Couple 'o screamers 2 2' Yates pickets 1 shovel 1 60m 8.1 double rope(just the one strand) all the necessary crevasse/glacier stuff (i.e. pulleys, biners, prussiks, etc). Too much? Not enough? What approaches are usually open that time of year? Snowshoes needed? I hope not. This will be a new side of Rainier for me. Usually from the DC or success cleaver side I'd look that night for clear skies and no lentics over Adams/Helens/etc..... Any good weather indicators specific to LR at Thumb Rock before a summit bid? Cell phones work? Anyone have GPS coordinates handy for Lib Cap/summit/Camp Schurman for those fun filled summit whiteouts? I'm sure I could find my way down the DC if necessary but that would suck.... Thanks for any help! -Fear Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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