Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sunny September

The month of September is already more than half over!  With clear skies and almost no precipitation climbers have still been getting up to the summit via the Disappointment Cleaver.  The route has stayed in incredible shape for this time of year.  A warmer, and more importantly, drier forecast for the end of this month would offer outstanding late-season climbs.  See route report links to the right for pictures and more details.

At the height of the climbing season (July and early-August) we'll have almost 1000 climbers a week on the mountain.  Now, in mid-September, there are 100 climbers a week or so.  If you're looking for a bit more solitude and 'wilderness' mountain experience - now is the time to climb.  

Check the Mount Rainier National Park website for the fall/winter hours of operation.  Also, as the snow starts to fall, roads will start to close for the season.  Keep an eye on predicted and current closures on the park's road status page.  Climbing rangers will no longer be staffing both high camps regularly.  Make sure to have a current forecast (this time of year especially) before heading up on a climb.  Enjoy the last bit of summer before the snow!