American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Washington, Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Nisqually Ice Cliff

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  • Publication Year: 1976

Mount Rainier, Nisqually Ice Cliff. Jerry Hasfjord and I made the first winter ascent of the Nisqually Ice Cliff after several previous attempts on March 3 and 4. Since we were afraid of encroaching bad weather, we went light and fast. This enabled us to make the summit round-trip from Paradise in 30 hours nonstop. We encountered deep snow, disappearing snow bridges and extremely cold temperatures during the all-night climb. Descending via Gibraltar Ledge we were back to Tacoma by dinner after one of the most exhausing efforts either of us had done. NCCS II.

Eric Simonson

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