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salbrecher

Skiis on emmons?

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I am in dire need of some skiing and am going to rainier anyways so......would there be enough skiiable snow that could warrent bringing them? I have never been on the mountain and do not know if it is condusive to skiing this late in the season.

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Salbrecher,

Get a permit at Longmire, Paradise, White River, or Wilkeson. Check ahead for the hours since it is the end of the season some stations have shorter hours. [big Drink][big Drink][hell no]

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i wouldn't recommend skiing or boarding the emmons glacier route at this time... there is very little soft snow.

the climbing, however, is still GREAT! the route is as direct as it was in early july, however, it's very hard and icy now. there are a number of crevasses to negotiate between camp schurman and 10,500 on the corridor. we found them easy and rather straightforward to cross as of last saturday. six folks also summited on sunday. other than that, no one else was on that side of the mountain. if you get sidetracked, look for a good option nearby, there should be a few. after 10,500, follow your instincts and any "faint" reminders of the summer route, you'll make the summit if you've still got your legs and lungs... be ready for lots of french technique, ice, hard snow and very cool crevasses and ice cliffs.

usually speaking, self registration begins at paradise after oct 1 or so. more to come on that.

good luck climbing,

mike

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Originally posted by salbrecher:

thanks for the heads up. looks like the skiis will be left home......still
[Frown]

There is some good snow on the south side of Baker, so I hear. [rockband]

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Originally posted by salbrecher:

Are people allowed to sleep in camp schurman ranger cabin in the winter season? Is the door locked?

Break the lock off with an ice axe [big Grin] Just kidding.

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quote:

Originally posted by salbrecher:

Are people allowed to sleep in camp schurman ranger cabin in the winter season? Is the door locked?

Cmon people I really need to know by this weekend!!

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Originally posted by Kupaki:

The hut is locked up, so you will have to stay in a tent.

Just got back from rainier and yes schurman hut is locked........with 3 flathead and 1 philips head screws [Wink][Cool] . Every climber should cary a multi tool [rockband] . The emmons route is *pretty* crevassed with water ice in many places. 5 days of perfect weather allowed 2 from our group and 2 others to reach the top. 60 mph winds the last 10 meters to the top meant about 2 glorious/feeling like shit seconds on top. Congrats to "big sky rye" and company also of CC on the summit and thanks for the company.

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