|The Kautz Team - Ian, myself, JR, Roger, Amir, and Ben.|
|The clouds lifted just enough to help us across the Nisqually Glacier.|
|Martin, Philipe, and Reid joined us on the Wilson Glacier. Originally booked|
for the Furher's Finger, they changed plans due to the warm temps - the freeze
line was at 12000'!
|We set up camp tucked into against the rocks to provide some shelter from the light|
SW wind. Around 11pm the wind witched and came out of the east.
|It cleared in the evening, giving us hope for a nice day - but at 11pm the wind|
switched and picked up into the 30's - then the 40's. In the morning...
With the wind blowing so strong - and a cloud cap indicating that it was even stronger above us - there was no way we could move to high camp. So no summit chance. We decided to turn around and head home.
Statistics: Pro Guiding Service. Kautz Glacier, (5000' ca, glacier, snow, ice to 45 degrees), Mt Rainier (14,411'). 15-16 July with Ben Haskel, Martin Volken, and Amir, JR, Roger, Ian, Philipe and Reid.
Photos and video: Courtesy of JR J. and used with permission.