MRNP, Nov 8
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Mount Rainier National Park Ice

November 8, 2003

A long, clear, cold snap had Dave and I both thinking there had to be some ice...somewhere. But late on Friday it warmed up, and at the last minute we decided to head for the higher elevations of MRNP.

We checked out the ice above the Nisqually bridge from the parking lot, then drove up to Narada Falls. One look and we headed back down, and proceeded to schwack through the alder and up steep, loose slope to Mikey's Gully. There was some ice, but it was dry down low. The climb right of Mikey's was climbable, but it looked bogus for gear and we opted not to look for a way to hike around to set up a TR. We boulder at the base for a few minutes, then head back to the car.

We drive back up to Narada and walk down the tourist trail. We set a TR on a tree and ran laps on the best of the available lines.

When we got bored with that we soloed up a short, tiered route in the corner and had some lunch. A few more TR laps and the we soloed up and out for the day.

It felt great to swing the tools again, and the tourists certainly seemed to enjoy watching.

I hope this is a nice, casual start to a 'real' ice season.

Here are some pictures:

Water ice high on Mt. Rainier

Mikey's Gully looking grim.

Narada Falls in the morning. Half of this fell down during the day.

Top-roping in Narada Basin.

"Ape-Index Dave" stretching out.

Tiered line that we soloed.

Ice spilling out of Van Trump Park (taken from Paradise).

Teaser drools on Eagle Peak. The one on the left goes up and up and up...

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