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July 5 and 6, Mt. Rainier, The Finger
« on: 07/07/10, 07:22 AM »

After 3 months of pushing off the plan to climb the Finger due to either poor weather/conditions or  partner conflicts, finally climbed the thing. The approach was straightforward, although started in dense fog. Camped at Wilson Beach ~9200. Saw a slab just below camp. Weather was a predicted, freezing level at about 9500, raising overnight to 13000. Snow remained firm until sun arrived.
Left camp at 0400, summited at 1130 after a couple breaks to brew up. On ascent there were few rocks in the snow, not the case by the time we descended.  Left summit at 1230, in camp by 1345. Upper section of the mountain was survival skiing, Finger proper was classic, awesome spring skiing. A few interesting crevasse crossing but nothing too scary.
Left camp at 1535, cars by 1645. Kicked off some huge, slow wet snow slides.
Pictures to follow.
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Re: July 5 and 6, Mt. Rainier, The Finger
« Reply #1 on: 07/07/10, 10:13 AM »

Pleased to hear that you got through "the bowling alley" without getting whacked.  Wink
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