Little Tahoma/E Shoulder
Frying Pan Creek TH
Proceed along Fryingpan Glacier. From Meany Crest follow a bearing of 260 degrees, aiming for notch between it and the Whitman Glacier. Go through the notch (9,000') and contour SW around the first rock outcrop. Ascend the glacier exiting at its upper left-hand corner into a gully. Ascent 2/3 of the way up the gully to a 6' step at a headwall. Go up the step and ascend a gully-chimney to the summit notch. A short(30'), loose and exposed scramble along ridge crest reaches the summit. You need only climb to the notch to receive credit. There is potentially very serious rockfall from the upper Frying Pan Glacier onward, including the gully. The party size may be reduced to reduce some of the rockfall hazard; avoid using ropes in the gully. This is a long and strenuous climb, but provides a spectacular view. A climbing fee is required and a camping permit is required. It is highly desirable to get a permit for camping in the Meany Crest zone (at 7,000' plus) rather than the Summerland zone (5,900').
We will do this as a one day climb. Basic Glacier credit will be given. But this should be considered a conditioner for future climbs. All climbers must be in excellent condition. This will be 15-16 hours, with no considerable rest. Please obtain your Rainier climbing pass in advance. I will accept requests to join this climb anytime, but participation is dependent on students passing the Crevasse Rescue/Hard Snow field trips in June.