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Reposted because I started this in climbing and it probably should have been in trip planning
Myself and 2 partners are climbing Rainier in June of 2014. We are taking the Disappointment Cleaver route, unguided. Before I get a slew of messages about what knowledge I should have before doing this - I have taken multiple mountaineering courses, ice climbing courses, ice climb independently, courses on rope teams, glacier travel, and crevasse rescue.
This winter, my 2 partners and I will be practicing frequently and getting into the kind of phenomenal shape needed for the approach and summit day.
What I'm looking for is advice on logistics. Here's the current plan.
Fly in on June 14th. My wife works for Enterprise rent-a-car, so we're getting a cargo van and sleeping in it at the trailhead that night.
Wake up early, arrive to Muir a little after lunch. Set up camp, eat, relax, hydrate, prep water for summit day, asleep by 6.
Alpine start between 12-2 am. Down and out that day, drive to a hotel to shower, eat, sleep
We would likely stay until 18th just in case weather delays our climb at all. Worse case scenario we would spend an extra night in the hotel in Seattle.
Other than what I have laid out, do you guys and gals have any other suggestions, especially about logistics and traveling for such a trip - we are all from Maine and New Hampshire, so it's quite a trip.