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The cold world of skimo & alpine climbing

The cold world of skimo & alpine climbing

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rainier again?

Hey, Rainier is the biggest thing to ski in the NW.  So it is always going to get some attention.

The upper line of Gib Chute off the Muir snowfield.
the first 5000'

Brian Harder went 5:59, c2c,  from Paradise yesterday in some really hard (as in HARD) snow conditions for skinning up and skiing from the summit.   The time includes a chat and pictures with me a few feet below Muir.

Brian's blog is always worth a look

Gib Chute is on the far right side of the photo.
Gib Chute is the obvious gully center of the picture
A fair bit of elevation gain from the parking lot and in the conditions yesterday, some decent alpine ice climbing as well with skimo crampons and two Whippets.
A steep skier's dream line in the right snow conditions.
reality yesterday...and the added excitement of some serious rock fall.

all the climbing photos are Brian's
With no real dog in the fight between routes and the speed records, but some strong opinion,  I'll add my observations to all that in another blog.
Very inspiring efforts by Andy, Jason, Brian, Eric, Stano and Nick.
Congrads to all involved.

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