Best book for Liberty Ridge?


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Kris Fiore · · Burlington, Vermont · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 1,444

Sorry if this has been covered before. I took the time to search Google and these forums and didn't find a whole lot.

Looking to climb Rainier via the Liberty Ridge this June. I'm in plenty good enough shape for it but I'm looking to up my beta to increase chances of success. I'm looking at the following books:

Mount Rainier: A Climbing Guide (A Climbing Guide) 2nd Edition

Climbing Mount Rainier: The Essentials Guide

Neither are all that recent but are either worth the money? Are there any other resources I should know about other than raking MP, SummitPost, and trail maps/weather patterns? I've scoured almost every TR I can find.

Any beta is helpful but a book suggestion would be great.

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275

Well, Liberty Ridge is one of the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America,

so there are three or four pages about it in this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Fifty-Classic-Climbs-North-America/dp/0871562626/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1450807122&sr=8-2&keywords=fifty+classic+climbs+of+north+america

Kris Fiore · · Burlington, Vermont · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 1,444
FrankPS wrote:Well, Liberty Ridge is one of the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America, so there are three or four pages about it in this book:
I wouldn't pay $60 for only a few pages but I probably know someone with a copy. Good suggestion. Thanks!
Addem Bursh · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 845

If you want to learn how to climb it like a man, read this with a whisky

lulz patrolz

Joe Crawford · · June Lake, California · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 0

search the Trip reports on Cascadeclimbers.com loads of good beta in there.

Allen Sanderson · · Oootah · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 1,135

Gaitor's book is a great reference for the hill.

As for the route, it is fairly straight forward. The Carbon breaks up fairly early these days. What gets most people is the summit day. Being able to simul climb is key. Many slow parties have made the shrund and spent the night. My other recommendation is take tents - if shit hits the fan being in a bivy sac does not work. After doing Curtis Ridge, we sheltered a member of a group coming from LR in our tent near the summit when Viento Blanco came rolling in. They only had bivy sacs, though they did fair better than another group who tried to descend during the storm and went into a crack and had to be rescued.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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