July 28, 2002, Rainier, South side in the fog

WA Cascades West Slopes South (Mt Rainier)
Posted by ema on 9/10/02 9:15pm
Had designs of doing the Williwakas and lower Paradise Glaciers today, didn't know the road to Mowich had opened until to late for a destination change. Arrived at the lower Paradise Parking Lot with cloudy skies and some wind. Loaded up skis and started our climb, with intermitten patches of snow lining the trail to the Van Trump Monument . Entered the soup and mist at that point. Reached continuous snow at approx. 6300. Fortunately for our team of three, Ron had his GPS set with the various waypoints for both our destinations. Robie, Ron and myself were able to navigate in the soup via the GPS track to the lower flanks of the Paradise Glacier. Even though the visibility was terrible, the skiing was ok, we were able to get a few decent turns in before we were out of the clouds and back to the trail where we loaded up and headed back to the car. Never did get to have a look at the Willie.


Jeanette,and my self were guided into as yet to be named slope by Ron Jarvis 's Gps .Slope remained not only unamed but un skied due to pea soup. Had a nice picnic and snooped around in a small ice cave. Skied under Gps directions.Kudos to Ron for directions.Wildflowers in Paradise valley were spectacular.


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