Mt. Rainier Climb via the Kautz Route

                                                                            July 22-29, 2008



  This is a shot of the stretch of climbing on the Nisqually Glacier before transitioning to the Turtle Snowfield. 

We had an incredible climb and experienced all the range of mountaineering scenarious you could pack into a week on Rainier.  I will skip to the chase and tell you that we were unable to summit this time due to a number of factors.  First was weather, the winds were 50 mph on summit night, not that that deterred us from trying, second was dangerous route conditions.  We took the Kautz route and ended up in a very precarious spot of 50 degree vertical ice that was calving off the icefall.