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[TR] Mt Rainier - Emmons Glacier 7/18/2011

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Trip: Mt Rainier - Emmons Glacier

 

Date: 7/18/2011

 

Trip Report:

I had the opportunity to get out on the Emmons Glacier last week. We had an excellent adventure.

 

Four of us were looking for a good time. Our plan was to make the trip without packing in a camp. With gear for a semi-comfortable rest at camp Schurman, we hit the trail at white river at 11:30. Our weather forecast was questionable. With hopes of a window, we cruised up the path happy to see the route as clouds came and went.

 

 

We arrived at camp Schurman at about 17:00. We got to work melting water, and pitching a tarp to get some rest. Sunset at camp was a treat. We ate, drank, and enjoyed the sea of golden clouds surrounding steamboat prow. We crawled into our trash bag bivy/glissading suits with a 23:00 wake up call.

 

Roped up and moving at 00:15, the sky was clear, Seattle was glowing and we were pumped. We had an enjoyable go up the corridor. The weather was unstable. We were sandwiched in-between two cloud layers. The lower layer would rise, the upper layer would fall, but when we needed to see the route, or features ahead, things would clear out.

 

 

At the top of the corridor, there was a double crevasse jump to negotiate. A couple 1 - 1.25 meter jumps. Once past this obstacle, negotiating the remainder of the crevasses was straight forward.

 

After what seemed like hours of the summit rolling away from us. We joined the ridge and the crowds from the DC route heading up to Colombia Crest. We reached the summit at 09:00. After a few minutes and photos, we headed back down. The walk down un-eventful. The clouds were in and out, hiding camp Schurman as we approached.

 

We packed the rope at the top of glacier basin, put our bivy/glissading suits on, and shredded the ditch on our rears.

 

Back at the car at 05:30 made for a 30 hour round trip.

 

Thank you Brian, James and Chris for excellent teamwork, and great memories. Looking forward to adventures ahead.

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Gear Notes:

Glacier Gear

 

Approach Notes:

White River T H

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