The busiest time of year has now passed on the mountain and things have started to settle down. Guide services have finished up with their trips on the Emmons-Winthrop Route and many independents have shifted over to climbing the Kautz Glacier and Disappointment Cleaver Routes. Here's some updates for conditions on these routes:
write-up on navigating around Mount Rainier. There's definitely a 'science' behind finding your way back off the mountain in a storm, but there's a key piece that's all 'art' - which is at the heart of climbing up and down mountains in general.
Have a great weekend!