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Mount Rainier/Emmons Glacier

The plan was to climb Sun-Tue, 7/13-15. 50% chance for thunderstorms let us camp at White River CG the first night. Approach to Camp Shurman on Monday, we roped up for short section on Emmons glacier, no crampons needed though. Short night at Shurman.

We took off at Tuesday midnight. The weather was great, not cold, hardly any wind. The warm weather did not let the snow freeze hard over night. The ascent was overall good, crevasses are opening up. The step over the Bergschrund is around 1.5 ft. We got to the summit at around 7:30am.

The descent got a bit dicey, since the snow got very soft past 10am and below 12,500ft, a real slush fest. Snowbridged got soft, a few of them probably won't last much longer. Even the Corridor is getting concerning. Rangers had told us about crevasses long the path; some of them hidden and only visible as long small depressions in the snow. Not fun.

Overall, the route was in good condition on the ascent, in fair condition on the descent. If the warm weather continues, I'd recommend to start really early (midnight or earlier) and try to move as efficient as possible.

 

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