schroden Posted October 16, 2013 Share Posted October 16, 2013 I am interested in a group climb of Mount Rainier, diverging from the 'normal' climb schedule, as I would rather not climb before sunrise and hustle to get done before the sun softens the snow bridges. I propose to climb from one of the camps to the summit on the second day, make camp on the summit and spend a leisurly afternoon exploring the summits, ice caves and watch the sunset. Third day would be the climb down after sunrise. I personally would schedule a fourth day, just in case the weather is not co-operating. I have climbed a dozen 14,000 foot mountains, solo backpacked over 3 of the summits, and have slept at ~12,000 feet a few times with no altitude difficulties. Having climbed in the dark, sleet, snow, wind and rain, and whatever nature throws my way, I would prefer to see this mountain and enjoy the climb, even if that means carrying the camp to the summit! Yes, camping on the summit (summit crater) is allowed! Planning to be in the Seattle area end of August, 2014, which may be a bit 'late' in the climbing season, but may also provide fair weather and longer climbing windows. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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