Mount Rainier / Cascades Blog

July 25 8-Day Course Summit Success!

Yesterday at 12:30pm we stood on top of Columbia Crest! A great week of challenges and skill building culminated in a strong summit bid. We’re now celebrating over libations in Enumclaw.



7/25/19 Rainier Climb-Disappointment Cleaver

Hey Folks!

Our team made it up to Camp Muir yesterday with beautiful weather. We left Paradise at 10:30am and arrived here at 4:45pm. We got our guests settled into the hut where they slept last night, and then we all enjoyed a decadent burrito meal.

We started our day today at 8am with a blueberry pancakes, eggs and bacon, and coffee, of course . Our team is in good spirits. They are currently doing snow school in preparation for our departure to the Ingraham Flats high camp. We will make our summit attempt early Saturday morning.

Wish us luck!!

Good times had on July 12 Alpine Rock Course

Three days of climbing at Washington Pass made for an epic trip! After a nice day of brushing up our rock skills at beautiful Mount Erie on day one, we climbed 7,806 ft. South Early Winters Spire via the classic South Aretê. Day two was a lovely alpine ridge scramble up Blue’s Buttress on 7,840 ft. Poster Peak. We capped everything off on day four with a summit of the crown jewel of WA Pass – 7,740 ft. Liberty Bell – via the Beckey Route. Good times.



July 1 Nine-Day Course: Rainier 100% Summit Success

Everyone stood on top yesterday afternoon on a windless summit! Now we’re at the Wildberry Restaurant celebrating our success.



July 1 9-Day Course – Baker summit success!

100% success this morning on our summit attempt of Mount Baker via the Squak Glacier. We endured strong winds and blowing snow to stand on top.

Everyone is enjoying a well-deserved rest in Crag View camp this afternoon. Next up: Mount Rainier!



I have received reports of other teams turning back in mid climb between the South Col ad Summit due to the conditions. So, it makes it all the more impressive that Alpine Ascents has put their team on the top of the world including 18 year old Leanna Shuttleworth


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