The Emmons route has changed little in the last month, though climbing conditions have varied greatly. Today, rangers found a well defined trail from Camp Schurman to about 12,800 ft. Above 12,800, the snow becomes very firm and there is no boot pack to follow. Confident and precise cramponing technique is required for safe climbing and descending this section of the mountain. Climbers should evaluate their ability objectively, and make decisions as a group about whether they feel confident with the conditions. The firm, smooth conditions observed today are similar to conditions in the past that resulted in climber injuries and fatalities on this route. Please be cautious and climb within your ability.
|Track Log, Emmons-Winthrop route 6/23/17|
|The route from Camp Schurman|
This will be a very busy weekend on Mt. Rainier. The popular high camps are at or near full capacity already (see previous blog post). Please be courteous to other climbers at camp and on the route. Congestion will be an issue on the upper mountain, so allow faster parties to pass and be respectful. Manage your group to minimize time spent in bottlenecks and crevasse crossings. Enjoy the sunshine and have a fun climb!