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runningclouds 06-17-2009 11:48 PM

JUne 12-14, 2009 Mt Rainier Emmons-Winthrop
ACC-Vancouver trip to Mt. Rainier. Left Vancouver on Friday at 5 AM. Hiked to about 1 km before Glacier Basin Camp and skinned from there to Camp Schurman (2895 m) by 4:30 PM. Headache, diminished appetite, hail storms awaited. Left Camp Schurman on Saturday at 5 AM, made the summit about 7 hours later after going through all kinds of weather including whiteouts. Skied right off the summit in haste and into thunderstorm and whiteouts. Conditions improved a bit lower down, better visibility but got sprinkled with hail. Fun stuff!
Sunday was a bluebird morning so we skinned back to the first major crevasse crossing (about 3400m) and enjoyed at least the bottom part. Perfect skiing on one inch hail. Fun stuff! Inter Glacier was great too.

That's it for the season. No more skiing.

Pictures are here:

swebster 06-18-2009 12:04 AM

Nice. I thought it was hard to get to this side of the mountain this early in the season (I don't know much about rainier). I guess you guys drove to the White River campground? Do you know when that road opened?

ATraslin 06-18-2009 12:32 AM

Good job,tough to nail the weather.Keep skiing.Turns all year.

runningclouds 06-18-2009 10:17 AM

Thanks guys!

Not sure when the road opened but when I checked three weeks ago it was already open to the White River Campground. The campground is closed so the whole area is pretty quiet, almost wilderness. The section to Sunrise is still closed as well (opening date target: July 1).

It is a bit harder access, certainly longer than the South side. That also means less people.

Mtraslin 06-18-2009 11:04 AM


I love the fact you navigated through some tenative weather,not easy on a glacier!


bramvs 06-19-2009 11:59 PM

Nice trip!

I'll second Andy's comment:

quote:Keep skiing.Turns all year.

runningclouds 06-25-2009 05:58 PM

I will think about! Any suggestions for great July and August ski trips close to Vancouver?

bramvs 06-29-2009 04:24 PM

I'd say anything with a sub 3hr approach (ski carry) and some permanent snowfields/not too broken-up glacier would do. But this of course depends on how much you like skiing vs. how strongly you dislike carrying your skis :) Some ideas (don't think I' saying anything new):
  • Mt. Baker
  • Anniversary glacier, Mt. Matier (NW face), etc.
  • Harrison hut area (Overseer N side, Zygo, Three Stooges, etc.)
  • Tzsil Glacier, Slalok N face (top of central exit couloir is blocked by glacial ice, and likely snow free further down by now)

If it's just for turns:
  • Ptarmigan Ridge, SW of Mt. Baker ski area
  • Heliotrope Ridge, Mt. Baker (if they fix the road sometime soon...)
  • Glaciers around Brandywine Mnt.
  • Cypress Peak East Glacier
  • Helm Glacier (long walk)
  • Aragorn Glacier (pretty desperate, but possible)

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