Thursday, June 18, 2015

Welcome 5-Hotel-Xray!

Please join us in welcoming 5-Hotel-Xray of Helicopter Express to Mount Rainier National Park. Helicopter Express, Inc. was recently awarded our Pacific Northwest NPS 120-day exclusive use contract for a high performance small helicopter.

N25HX, is an A-Star B3, arguably the most powerful small helicopter in the world having the record for highest landing and takeoff known (top of Mount Everest). The intended use of the ship is search and rescue, resource projects and fire preparedness and suppression.

This ship will be shared by with North Cascades National Park and potentially other neighboring parks and agencies.

Keep an eye out for 5-H-X if you are headed to the mountain this next week as we resupply our high camps.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Muir Webcam Back Online

The webcam at Camp Muir has been off-line due to some battery issues we were having.  The batteries have been fixed and the webcam is transmitting images once more.

The image is taken with a StarDot webcam mounted on the side of the Camp Muir ranger station and transferred to Paradise with an 802.11x radio network bridge at 5 minute intervals.  The webcam is not the primary purpose for the network bridge.  The bridge gives a vital phone connection inside the ranger station which is essential to everyday operations and coordination during searches and rescues.

Here's a great place to check out the Muir webcam and other webcams around the park:

Mt. Rainier's page of webcam images:

Image from June 8, 2015 at just after 08:00 am!

Monday, June 01, 2015

Snowy Monday! Weekend Wrap Up

A Muir-Summer Night's Eve
We had a full house at Camp Muir and Ingraham Flats this weekend. Many parties had successful climbs. If you stay in the public shelter please remember to take EVERYTHING with you when you leave. There are no magic trash fairies.
Monday Morning Views

The climbing route is in decent shape despite the uncharacteristic direction this year. Be aware of objective hazards and blocking route traffic when taking breaks.

Although the guides do a great job marking and maintaining the route please be prepared to find your own way in variable and low visibility conditions. SPOT beacons should be your very last resort when you have exhausted the possibility of self-rescue. Take advantage of the tools available to you, and learn how to use them properly.

Since last night Camp Muir has received about an inch of snow. Guides climbing this morning reported several inches of new snow at the flats and above. The new snow has been accompanied by electrical activity, too close for comfort in some cases. The greater Paradise area is melting rapidly.

-692 Tomlinson