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Rainier this weekend (DC/ID)

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Do NOT do it. Weather looks great, which is a major concern for the rangers. I spoke with one today and asked that if he thought the snow pack would be good enough in 10 days (when I'm flying out) and he said he didn't think the ID/DC route would be safe even then. He said the problem layer was 100cm down and that there wouldn't be enough warm weather to consolidate that pack.


Rainier blog spot shows that guide services turning around at Cath Gap due to bad snow conditions.


If you're heading up, think of another route not on the NE/SE face, something like Emmons he said was in decent shape but was kicking everyones butt.


Just be safe and remember just cause it's a sunny day it's not a great day to climb.

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