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Mt. Rainier Climb Emmons Route. Summer Solstice 2018
CAMP SCHURMAN AT 9,400 FEET ELEVATION EMMONS GLACIER ON EMMONS GLACIER DURING SUNRISE AND ROPED UP MOUNT RAINIER SUMMIT 14,411 FEET TALL A 10,000 foot glacier climb on the slightly less popular east side of Mount Rainier. The hike to camp passes through Glacier Basin, site of mining activity up through the 1930's. The route, including the climb up the Inter Glacier, can get icy by late July, increasing the difficulty. APPROACH From White River Campground (4,400 ft), hike 3.5 mi to Glacier Basin (5,935 ft). Continue on way trails for another mile to base of the Inter Glacier (7,000 ft). Rope up here. ASCENT ROUTE Ascend 1,500 feet up the middle of the Inter Glacier, bearing slightly southeast to reach the glacier rim (9,000 ft) at Camp Curtis. Do a traversing descent to the Emmons Glacier and ascend the Emmons to Camp Schurman (9,500 ft) at the base of Steamboat Prow. Arrive early for good campsite (hut is for emergencies only). From Camp Schurman, follow a smooth snow slope called "The Corridor" slightly east, to about 12,000 ft. Here the glacier becomes heavily crevassed and offers many variations in routes to the crater rim. The usual routes go straight up and left, or bear right and across to the saddle between the true summit, Columbia Crest, and Liberty Cap. The actual summit (14,411 ft) is on the far west side of the crater rim. The summit register is just below at a large boulder. DESCENT ROUTE Descend the climbing route. What to bring: 10 essetials climbing helmet headlamp goggles glacier sunglasses sunscreen balaclava gloves down jacket harness gaiters mountaineering boots crampons blue bag aka poop bag two liters of water jetboil stove food 2 ice axes 2 carabiners 1 locking carabiner 2 snow pickets 1 70m rope ATC belay device Standard glacier equipment including wands. Pay the Climbing Fee You must pay for the fee at home before you arrive at the park. Payments are processed on Please do not send any more fax purchase forms in! The old purchase forms are no longer accepted. Please keep your receipt and either save it to your PDF viewer on your phone, bookmark your email verification, or print it so you can show us later. Before your climb you must still register in person. At that time we will check to see if you have paid your fee. While we can check your payment through, it will save time if you can show us your receipt. Anyone climbing on glaciers, or above 10,000 feet, must register and pay the climbing fee. All climbers must also check out upon their return. The fee is still the same: $47 for adults (26yo and older)$32 for youth (25yo and younger) Climbing Permit After you pay the fee, you will need to obtain a climbing permit. Climbing permits are free. You can obtain a climbing permit at: Longmire Wilderness Information CenterParadise Climbing Information CenterWhite River Wilderness Information CenterCarbon River Ranger StationJackson Visitor Center in Paradise It helps to speed things up by printing your climbing permit out and filling it out before you come to the park to register: Climbing Permit Registration Card ( We will leave Friday evening to get to the park. When the ranger station opens at 7am, we can get our climb permit and fill out an itinerary for the. Head to to the White Salmon Campground and start our ascent to Camp Shurman. NO ROOKIES OR INEXPERIENCE CLIMBER ON THIS ONE. THE ONES HAVE CLIMBED WITH ME BEFORE AND HAVE EXPERIENCE WILL GET ON THE ROSTER FIRST. WE HAVE TO BE ON THE ROPE TEAM AND NEED TO KNOW CREVASSE RESCUE. MY CLIMB MY RULES. PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK! Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail or off trail hike but assume no liability for your safety getting to or from the trailhead or on the hike. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, hikers must pay for their own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not the hiker has specifically authorized them.

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