Peak(s):  Rainier - 14,411 feet
Date Posted:  07/07/2011
Date Climbed:   07/01/2011
Author:  ulvetano

 Climb and ski of Emmons Route on Rainier   

My quick 2-cents report on the beautiful mountain to our northwest, Rainier.

After finally finding a climbing partner on, upon arrival at the park the night before our meetup at the Ranger Station, I received a text and a photo of the newly broken ankle of my online climbing partner....damnnnnn!! Upon speaking with the Ranger in the morning, he changed my 2-person reservation to a one-person "hookup" that allowed me to climb to Camp Schurman and then find someone to go up with. So off I went at 11am. Image
White River Trailhead

The hike up is snowy after the first mile, but no post holing. At Glacier Basin, I threw on the skis and skinned up the rest of the way to Schurman, arriving at 5:30pm. Image Image
looking up from Schurman
me and my shiny new BD Bibler tent (much nicer than roughing it in a 3 season all the time!)
I met a great group of climbers from Seattle (Dave, Ben, and Robert) who invited me to join their rope and were ok with me bringing my skis and parting ways at the summit. I eagerly agreed to their midnight wakup call and then did some cooking and prepping until hitting the sack at 9:30pm. We got up around 12:30am and departed camp at 1:45am, the first team to leave. 8 hrs later we were on the summit! Image

Navigating the Emmons Route, which Dave did, would be quite a challenge in bad weather, or making fresh tracks, but in beautiful weather (crystal clear night and day) in was pretty straight forward. Image
view of Emmons and it's Corridor
one of the many crevasses

At the summit, we celebrated with some high 5's and I departed down the same direction we came up. The skiing was bullet proof up top and seemed steep because of it, but little by little I picked my way down, trying to keep a keen eye out for any signs of crevasses. Fortunately, I never saw the inside of one, and only skied over a few!

skiing the Emmons! yeah!

Really, I just want to say thanks to the Seattle crew that got me up that peak! Thanks Robert, Ben, and Dave!! And thanks Rainier for treating us well and letting us up and down safely! -Chuck

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 Comments or Questions

07/08/2011 14:38
What is the trick to avoiding crevasses, do you try to ski close to the line you took up? That looks scary! Great photos looks like a fun time. Well done.


07/08/2011 16:17


07/11/2011 04:16
thanks guys. yeah, I just did my best to stick to the well trodden trail. lost the trail a couple of times and just kept eyes peeled for signs of crevasses (discolored snow, sagging, convex rolls, cracking, etc.). I'd ski it again for sure, but would be better WITH a partner nearby.

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