Being on the n. side of Rainier is a lonely place in mid-winter. This week, in 2013 Kyle Miller, Ben Starkey and I skied from the Carbon Ranger Station to White River and out HWY 410. This moment, pictured here, was one of the highlights for me. The skier in me can't help but ponder the skiing others have sketched on the routes above me. Center of the photograph is Ptarmigan Ridge. Eric Wehrly, Pete Hirst and Dan Helmstadter's descent of this route is among the highlights of Washington State ski mountaineering and it is easy to see why. Counter clockwise from Ptarmigan Ridge, veering from right to left is Liberty Ridge, a route Chris Landry first skied in 1980. It rarely is repeated on skis, but in 2012 Aaron Mainer and Oliver Deshler descended a new variation of Liberty Ridge that descended toward Thermogenesis. They dubbed it Cryogenesis. No matter how you look at it, this side of the mountain is impressive.
Mt. Rainier in Mid-Winter
Mt. Rainier in Winter