The past couple of days have been absolutely gorgeous on the upper mountain. The sun has been out, winds have been calm and fresh snow covers almost everything. There have been a few climbers who were undeterred by the mediocre forecasts, and three hardy souls braved postholing and gusty winds above 13,000' to summit via the DC earlier today. Even the climbers who did not make the summit have found some fun making fresh turns on their skis and boards, practicing rescue and ice climbing skills in crevasses, or soaking in the views of volcano tops poking through the clouds.
There is a forecasted low pressure system moving through the Northwest over the next day or two, so some inclement and unpredictable weather is expected on the upper mountain, but this system seems to have enough similarity to the last one where climbers can also reasonably expect periods of nice weather to be found on the upper mountain over the coming days. The only way to know what is happening is to come see for yourself. Check out recent conditions updates for more specific information on climbing routes.
Also in other news check out the Rainier Independent Film Festival going on this weekend at various locations around the base of Mt. Rainier. It looks like they have some great films selected and the venues (which include a Cine-Yurt!) are as varied as the films being screened.