Saturday was an interesting day on Rainier - sun and windblown snow up high, but cloudy and poor visibility down low. We managed to complete the tour we wanted and found some great snow in the process.
The route was up the usual climb to McClure Rock above Pan Point, down the south run below the Rock to Mazama Ridge (in a white out...), then the east bowl off the back side of Mazama then returning to Paradise Road down the NW side of the Ridge.
Nicely produced video. Looks like you had lots of company on the mountain despite the fog. To avoid the crowds around Paradise on Saturday we went skiing at White Pass with the grandkids Follow the Leader We went back to Paradise on Monday and found it the most tracked out we've seen it in 25 years. Paradise Valley Road was so packed it looked groomed, the trail up from 4 xing too; the front of Mazama was really trashed and there was a cattle trail all the way to the cliffs above Stevens Creek; we had a few brief sunbreaks but were mostly in the clouds so we didn't go much higher (but we did find untouched powder to ski in various places). Nice powder persisted where it was undisturbed, but skin tracks, snowshoe tracks, and ski tracks had frozen hard enough to be treacherous.
... want your own private skintrack? Better move to the yukon dude. (B'ham Allen, 2011). ...USA: government of the people by corporate proxies for business.
Andy Carey, Nisqually Park, 3500 feet below Paradise