|Camp Schurman, June 2009|
|Camp Schurman, June 2015|
The photos don't quite do it justice. The snow is definitely a good 10' or so down the ridge from where it was six years ago. I was disoriented at how little snow there was. When I was there in 2009 you could glissade unroped down the Interglacier. Now it's got gaping crevasses and requires ropes for the approximate 3/4 mile below Steamboat Prow. In fact a lot of groups were doing the 4th Class climb up and over the prow to avoid it.
As a group leader I didn't want to take the extra time out to accurately document my feelings and the reality of the autumnal conditions. When I returned to civilization I got in touch with my climbing partner Todd Gilles and we came up with a plan to return and part of that plan was to produce a documentary short to reveal the truth about the rapidly shortening climbing season on Rainier.
|Myself, Kilian Jornet, and Todd Gilles at Elbrus Race 2013|
One issue I feel that's important here is that lots of people can be in denial about conditions on Kilimanjaro or the Himalaya. It's much more difficult to be in denial about a huge iconic mountain in the backyard of a major metropolis here in the US.
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