Peak(s):  Mount Rainier
Date Posted:  08/12/2010
Modified:  11/17/2010
Date Climbed:   08/09/2010
Author:  CO Native
 Emmons-Winthrop Route   

Read the full trip report here.

After completing the Colorado fourteeners we decided to set our sites on some others. Mount Rainier seemed like a good choice of progression from what we'd done already. Before going I had a hard time believing that Rainier would live up to the hype. I wondered if it was talked about so much simply because it's the only 14er in Washington. Turns out it really is much more of a mountain than anything I'd done before. I'd done longer routes and ones with similar elevation gain. However the glaciers and the unrelenting steepness of the route were a huge factor. It's literally like climbing the Manitou Incline several times in a row with ever increasing elevation. Plus add in that you have to fully concentrate 100% of the time to be on your guard for crevasses. It was an amazing trip and definitely is taking it up several notches over Colorado 14ers.

Here's a few photos for those that don't feel like clicking throught to the full report:

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

Comments or Questions
08/13/2010 04:08
Great read. You had me feeling I was there!

08/13/2010 14:53
Thanks for posting this. Great reading and awesome photos. Deserves 6 stars!

Thanks guys,
08/13/2010 20:58
Josh and Mitch what a great hike! Thank you both for capturing our hike on your websites. Great stuff. Look out Gannett Peak!

colorado yooper
Same trip different report!
08/14/2010 01:22

Wyoming Bob
A very nice report
08/14/2010 02:18
Did the same route but for letting the wings of United do the driving. Your report captures the whole experience very well. Well done. Perhaps now it is for a trip south?

08/14/2010 12:51
Congrats to all of you! Wonderful TR Josh. I can't believe how much less snow there is at Camp Shurman, compared with Jun '05.

Congrats on a great summit!
08/14/2010 19:40
I have my mind set on Rainer as one of the first peaks I'd like to climb after finishing the 14ers so the preparation and training info in your trip report were useful.

Good luck on your next post-14er endeavors

05/02/2011 14:23
That's a pretty spectacular climb. Really enjoyed the trip report. Nice route choice too.

07/17/2012 13:18
Congrats to you all. Loved the report and outstanding pics. Thank you for sharing your adventure.

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