Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
We'll be carrying and dropping a very high tech red powder like these folks did in order to track our progress. Don't worry, its biodegradable.
While the top part of this track is what we'll be taking, the lower part is different. This line starts from the Comet Falls Trailhead as opposed to the Paradise trailhead.
This is a shot of the route. The red track from the bottom of the picture is the Kautz Glacier route. The Alpine Ascents crew sets up camp I at around 8000', and the high camp around 11,000'. I believe we'll be staying away from camp Hazzard (more on that later), but we'll see!
The second reason has to do with our desire to expand our experience. A summary of our group's experience to date (plus or minus):
- 4-day Basic + Advanced Mountaineering Course (Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue) through Sierra Wilderness Seminars (Shasta)
- 4-day Review Course and summit via Bolum-Hotlum route through Sierra Wilderness Seminars (Shasta)
- 3-day self-guided AT approach, summit, and ski descent via Bolum-Hotlum route (Shasta)
- AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Certification (Alpine Skills International, Tahoe)
- Moderate backounty AT travel (Tahoe)
- Extensive downhill skiing
- 3-day ice-climbing course (planned early 2008, Tahoe)
- Extensive backcountry backpacking
Based on our experience, we wanted to really get into something where we could use our skills. Examples would be to gain significant team rope-travel, fixed line travel, ice climbing, high-camp settlement, and glacier route finding. To date, the Shasta ascents gave us some good steep work, but not the more technical aspects of Rainier, and the Kautz route.
If you are interested, details on the trip (route, gear required, background, etc.) is located here: http://www.alpineascents.com/rainier-climb-kautz-info.asp
So, as you can see, based on our choice of guides and desire to work our skills, the Kautz route was the way to do. We've placed our reservations for the June 30th-July 3rd date, hopefully the snow will still be good at that time (it is the last date offered for this route).