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Scary rock/ice avy on Nisqually Cleaver 06/25/11

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Nisqually Cleaver on Rainier has massively displaced itself when we climbed Nisqually Icefall and is out for the season.

 

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My sorry tent suffering volcanic fallout:

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Avy debris seen from N. Icefall:

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Yeah, too much excitement to be had for sure.

 

Once the slides begun, the geologists could not even get to and retrieve the sensor set up on Nisqually in between Cowlitz and Nisqually cleavers.

 

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We were at Camp Muir preparing dinner and ropes for the next days ascent when the ice fall happened. The whole camp was covered in dust from the cloud it caused. I'm still cleaning dust off my gear.

 

Nice photos, great vantage point

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This was by far the most impressive thing I have ever seen on the mountain! Seeing and feeling that amount of force so close was out of this world! It was fun climbing with you Mito!

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Incredible video!

 

We also saw a big brown cloud from rock/ice fall at the Nisqually cleaver around noon on Monday. Pretty dangerous weekend.

 

Mito, did you guys climb the icefall after seeing this rock/ice fall?

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Yeah, the slide activity continued through Monday.

There is more on this in the Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015453613_rainier29m.html

 

Yes, we climbed a part of the N. Icefall next morning before the sun hit the cleaver - the only time window the slides subsided but oh man crossing that avy path was tough, cuz I really suck at sprint hurdling :)

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Yes, we climbed a part of the N. Icefall next morning before the sun hit the cleaver - the only time window the slides subsided but oh man crossing that avy path was tough, cuz I really suck at sprint hurdling :)

 

No matter how much I have tried in the past I have never seen a pattern in ice fall. One of the biggest seracs I saw fall happened overnight on Adams, where nothing collapsed during the middle of the previous sunny warm day. Looks like lots of debris kept falling off the cleaver during the weekend, with big events happening at different times during the day.

 

I personally could never rationalize crossing under the Nisqually Cleaver/Ice fall after it saw (and personally seeing) a series of the biggest rock/ice fall events in a long time.

 

Looks like you guys have some serious higher power on your side.

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saw your video on the morning news, channel 2. the news folk think we are crazy.

 

Weird, we did not give permission to the channel 2 on the video release. Do you have the link, Gene, by chance?

 

Or the channel 2 is the Weather channel in Seattle (which we did give the permission to)?

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it was northwest cable news.

 

if it is on you tube, isn't it free game for anyone to use? (I have no real clue about those things)

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