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Glacier Climb - Mount Rainier/Emmons Glacier

Rainier Emmons route from Camp Sherman was conducted in three days.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • We left the trail head a bit late but wandered into Sherman about  7.5 hours later.  Beautiful, lush until hitting the snow which was consolidated.  Upon passing Camp Curtis and descending down before going the final short distant to Camp Sherman, the Rangers had people rope up as large crevasses were navigated around.  Left camp about 1:30am and summited about 7.5 hours after that.  It was windy and cold so we did not linger at the summit.  Going down was so much easier in softer snow but hot.  A number of crevasses were open.  On the way up we hopped across three.  The first was uphill and terrible.  On the way down the Rangers directed people around this crevasse.  Small crevasses are opening up so the route will change with time.  The conditions were really perfect for this route.  Camp Sherman was rather full.  On the way down, people were camped on the flats prior to the corridor.  We could readily see the route from camp. After a good nights rest we uneventfully hiked out.  The two thousand foot glissade was nice.

We left the trail head a bit late but wandered into Sherman about  7.5 hours later.  Beautiful, lush until hitting the snow which was consolidated.  Upon passing Camp Curtis and descending down before going the final short distant to Camp Sherman, the Rangers had people rope up as large crevasses were navigated around.  Left camp about 1:30am and summited about 7.5 hours after that.  It was windy and cold so we did not linger at the summit.  Going down was so much easier in softer snow but hot.  A number of crevasses were open.  On the way up we hopped across three.  The first was uphill and terrible.  On the way down the Rangers directed people around this crevasse.  Small crevasses are opening up so the route will change with time.  The conditions were really perfect for this route.  Camp Sherman was rather full.  On the way down, people were camped on the flats prior to the corridor.  We could readily see the route from camp. After a good nights rest we uneventfully hiked out.  The two thousand foot glissade was nice.

 

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