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[TR] Mt. Rainier - Nisqually-Gibraltar Chute 12/26/2009

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Trip: Mt. Rainier - Nisqually-Gibraltar Chute


Date: 12/26/2009


Trip Report:

Franklin and I summitted this morning via the chute. Conditions were pretty good, especially through the chute itself. We didn't use the pro we brought. The upper mountain was in good shape too, half and half firm and ankle deep postholing. It was windy on the summit, with temps around 5.


We descended the Ingraham Direct which is not an advisable descent route right now. It's thinly covered and broken. We hugged the right side near the bottom (right along the rock). We then walked down Cadaver Gap. We probably should have descended the ledges.



Sunrise from above Gibraltar Rock.



Franklin on the ascent.



Morning Alpenglow.



Franklin at about 13,500'.






Franklin on the upper mountain.



The view across the summit crater.



Franklin on Columbia Crest.



Liberty Cap and Puget Sound from the summit.



Franklin descending the upper portion of the Ingraham Glacier.



Looking down the Ingraham Glacier.



Cathedral Peaks and Little Tahoma.



Franklin happy to be done with the Ingraham Glacier.



Looking back up the Ingraham Glacier.



Franklin, all smiles after his first summit of Mt. Rainier.

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Thanks Tom, Nice to pull a trip together on the fly. I think I've recovered from that Denny's food (ugh...)


would have been fun to have daylight going up the chute. I know it could have been awesome looking down it.


I added a few pics:


09_1225-001.jpg Paradise Fox


Our Route

09_1226-079.jpg first dot of sunrise above Gib Rock

09_1226-118.jpg Tom on Columbia Crest

09_1226-136-pan.jpg Ingrahm Direct




Cadaver Gap and Cathedral Rocks


High winds on the way to Paradise

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Congrats on the winter ascent. Looks like perfect weather. All the pics are nice but that last one )"High winds..." is tops! I've tried to capture the wind in my shots before but haven't got one like that yet.

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wonderful trip. I wish I could find a group like you two who are well experienced in mountaineering. Would love to learn from you guys.

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