Mt. Rainier Ice
November 8, 2003
Loren and I headed down to Mt. Rainier to see if the ice along the Nisqually
bridge was in. After bushwhacking up the hill for 20 minutes, we determined
that it wasn't really. Mikey's Gully was a thin and discontinuous
ribbon of ice, while the climb to it's left was in climbable but unprotectable
shape. We just bouldered around on it before heading up to the Narada
Loren getting the first swings of the season in on "Hey Mikey,
He Likes It".
Narada falls was melting and collapsing in the sun, but across the ravine
there were several thin but climbable flows. It turned out to be pretty
good ice for early November, and we ended up climbing basically all the
lines there. Good times!
This curtain was some of the better ice in the area. The climb in the
background was fun too.
There was one nice and comparatively long curtain of ice which made the
grueling, dangerously slippery, and downright GNARLY two minute
approach on the tourist trail all worth it.