09/21/2019, A Wait Pays off On Muir
WA Cascades SW (Mt Rainier)
After getting to Camp Muir at around 4:40 pm, I decided that I wanted to wait until the snow started to show signs of refreezing. I ended up beginning my descent at 5:31 pm and the wait paid off. On my second, shorter, lap, the snow got even better. It was around 1800 hundred vertical feet before the first carry. The carry was about a 5 minute walk. Then, you get another 550 to 600 vertical feet before it's all said and done. Overall, conditions were probably the smoothest I have ever seen despite the intermittent dirty snow patches.