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North America, United States, Washington, Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Willis Wall

Mount Rainier, Willis Wall. In early May, Dusan Jagersky and I climbed about half way up the central rib on Mount Rainier’s Willis Wall when a large avalanche came within 100 yards of us and swept the entire right side of the wall. This, combined with an unexpected warming trend, prompted us to make an ascending traverse to the eastern side of the wall, away from the giant ice cliff. We finished this variation by doing the last pitch or two of Curtis Ridge. Rockfall and heavy, unconsolidated snow hampered us. Grade IV or V.

Gregory C. Markov, Unaffiliated