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Mount Rainier is the gem of the Cascade volcanoes. At 14,411 feet, Mount Rainier rises from the sea level terrain of Seattle, and dominates the skyline from a great distance. The sheer mass of Rainier creates its own weather patterns, which can differ substantially from the surrounding terrain. The mountain has its own daily recreational forecast. Mount Rainier is internationally recognized for its rugged glaciers, superb scenery, demanding terrain, and volatile climate. The mountain serves as a training ground for international expeditions in the Andes and the Himalayas. Mount Rainier is a cherished summit in climbing circles, which makes the mountain very popular. Roughly 10,000 attempts are made every year, half successfully reach the summit. This popularity requires staffed ranger huts on the mountain, as well as permits to register and climbs its terrain. Seventeen mountaineering routes cover the flanks of Mount Rainier, entertaining amateur and expert climbers alike. Disappointment Cleaver and Emmons Glacier are the two most popular routes, while the Liberty Ridge route is crowned as one of the 50 classic routes of North America.
Summit Disappointment Cleaver Snow Climb 06/30/2006
Mount Rainier, Washington
Disappointment Cleaver, Mount Rainier, Washington
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