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May 28-29, 2005, Emmons Glacier
« on: 06/01/05, 11:20 AM »

With the forecast of continued good weather for the next few days and after eyeing the climbing route up the Emmons on Thursday from the Fryingpan Dave Z. and I concluded that the time was right to make an attempt to ski from the summit. On Saturday morning we met up with Phil and Oyvan and made our way down to the mountain. After getting permits, we arrived at the White River parking area about 10:00AM, got our gear together and began the hike up the trail to Glacier Basin. The trail is snow free until about 3/4 mile from the basin where it became patchy. We were able to sport our tennis shoes until Glacier Basin where we switched to skiis.
The ski up the InterGlacier was quite warm, but went pretty well. There were a few crevasses starting to open up on the portion of the Emmons between the InterGlacier and Camp Sherman. We got to camp around 4:00 PM dug in some tent sites, melted water and prepared for the next day. Since we were planning to ski from the top, we didn't start climbing until about 5:30AM. The sun came up just as we were starting to climb. Clear skies above and valley clouds below made for a spectacular sunrise. The route up the Emmons is not exactly direct at this point in time. It weaves around a fairly large section of crevasses at about 12,000 ft. There was no difficulty navigating that section, the route was just made a bit longer. Above that portion the route is mostly straight up to the crater rim with a couple of minor crevasse crossings. We reached the summit around 12:45 and hung out for a while in the sun with fairly light winds. We met up with Troy on the summit who had skiied up solo somewhere near the Wilson Headwall and was planning on descending the same route he had climbed (hope all went well).
We began our descent at about 1:30 basically following our climbing route. The snow was excellent the entire way down ranging from packed powder on the top 1,500 v.f. to corn for the remainder of the way to Camp Sherman. We arrived at camp about 2:20. After a bit of rest, we packed up camp and began our descent back to the car. The InterGlacier was quite soft, but made for some relaxing GS turns all the way down to Glacier Basin where we found our shoes and prepared for the grind out to the car. By 6:30PM we were on the road home. I slept quite well that night with the memories of a great ski still in my mind.
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Re: May 28-29, 2005, Emmons Glacier
« Reply #1 on: 06/01/05, 11:36 AM »

Sounds like a classic ski, well executed.
Thanks for the report.

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Re: May 28-29, 2005, Emmons Glacier
« Reply #2 on: 06/01/05, 12:05 PM »

Great and timely report a_clark.

I especially appreciate the timing milestones.  I've never been on the summit of Rainier and have been curious to know how long one might expect to spend on the different segments of a climb and descent.

Congratulations on achieving something that certainly isn't easy.  Glad to hear you had a safe trip.
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Re: May 28-29, 2005, Emmons Glacier
« Reply #3 on: 06/01/05, 04:02 PM »


I think you will truly appreciate this: A picture of the sunrise you speak of from Glacier Basin trail.

If you look closely enough I bet you could find yourself in that shot!
« Last Edit: 06/01/05, 04:05 PM by MW88888888 » Logged

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Re: May 28-29, 2005, Emmons Glacier
« Reply #4 on: 06/01/05, 04:34 PM »

I saw your tracks from Sunrise!
Great run and very accurate report on the climb up at least from my viewpoint! It looked like there was one prominent left turn on the climb up like you mentioned. From my view it appeared that the climb could have pursued a right turn with a two crevases pass, but that could have taken you to far (right) away from the true climb and it looked fairly steep (convex). It looked easier from my armchair than I'm sure it was.
Thank goodness I was not hallucinating because I commented to others that someone had skied Emmons!
Nice Job!

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Re: May 28-29, 2005, Emmons Glacier
« Reply #5 on: 06/02/05, 01:32 PM »

Yes, it was great ski with Adam, Phil, and Oyvind. Alot of work but alot of fun with a great crew. I was suprised there were no other skiers that day.
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