Wednesday, July 18, 2012

...And More Summer

Last weekend we saw a tremendous number of climbers heading up Mount Rainier and lots of folks just out for a day hike, picnic at Muir or getting some rather great mid-July turns in. Most routes on the mountain seem to be staying in great shape thanks to a cooler and wetter than average June.

July is one of the busiest months for climbing on Rainier, but those seeking more solitude should try for mid-week climbs on the popular routes, such as the DC and Emmons, or head out to some of the more remote west-side routes that are still in good shape. Also many thanks to the climbers who have been helping keep the routes and high camps clean during this busy time of year. We really appreciate your efforts.

Check out a couple of great trip reports sent to us by contributing climbers Bartosz Paliswiat and Scott Seitz on Sunset Ridge and Success Clever, respectively. The photo at right was also taken by Paliswiat. Guess Sunset Ridge got its name for a reason!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Weather patterns around the mountain have settled down.  High pressure has been sitting in the area since Independence Day.  Skiers, climbers, and ravens soaking up the rays at high camps are rewarded with unencumbered views of the Cascade Range.

Routes around the mountain all seem to be in 'typical' shape for this time of year.  Check specific route conditions using the links to the right.  July brings quick changes to conditions on the upper mountain.  Be sure to ask rangers about the most recent updates while checking in for your adventure.

On another note, we'd like to give a special shout out to our extended climbing community for all your gracious assistance, positive vibes, food, gifts, and thoughts.  We appreciate all your help and look forward to seeing ya'll back up on the mountain soon.