Happy New Year

Happy New Year from the Mount Rainier Climbing Rangers!
A couple climbing rangers have returned to duty for 2015, so hopefully we will keep the blog updated for your viewing and reading pleasure!
Winter may be in full affect on the calendar, but the past couple of days here at Rainier have felt a bit like June! With high freezing levels, sunny skies, and a bit of a low snowpack. This has meant that many folks have been taking advantage of the spring like conditions to come play in the snow, ski, and snow shoe.
If you are planning a visit to the mountain please keep in mind that it is still winter, and conditions can change rapidly. With that said, we are expecting a change to a more wintery pattern of weather in the coming days. So if you have a trip planned for the weekend, bring a full kit of winter gear including a GPS with waypoints pre-loaded, plenty of warm clothing, and extra layers.
But the mountain is looking beautiful, so come on up and bring those skis or snowboards! If you would like to plan a winter ascent please check the weather carefully, and don't forget to register. The Jackson Visitor Center is open for visitors and will issue you a permit on the weekends, and interpretive rangers are staffing the Wilderness Information Center in Longmire during week days, and you can always self register in front of the Old Ranger Station in Paradise. Visit,  http://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/winter.htm for more details!