June 15, 2010
Summit! Our Disappointment Cleaver (DC) team summitted quite early this morning due to cold conditions and the direct route up the Ingraham Glacier. After summitting around daybreak, they quickly made their way down to The Flats and into Camp Muir. After a nice break at Muir they cruised on down the snowfield for a quick chat with our uphill team, led by Phil Ershler, then they loaded up the IMG van and were back in Ashford by 2pm. Currently Phil and his team are at Muir enjoying dinner…They’ll head up to The Flats in the morning.
On the other side of the mountain is our Emmons team, led by John Race, who started walking this morning and are now at their first camp (7800ft) on the Inter Glacier. After some early training tomorrow they’ll head up to Camp Schurman. All is well – a little light snowfall on their approach, but overall they’re doing just fine.
And on the south side of the mountain is our Kautz team, led by Brian Warren, who just pulled into their first camp after some tough postholing on the the lower Nisqually Glacier this morning. A tough day for sure, but some good food and a good nights sleep will ready them for their move to High Camp tomorrow.
All is well on Mt. Rainier.