Huge Rock Fall on Mt Rainier

Huge Rock Fall on Mt Rainier

If you live in an area once covered with ice, you may have seen one of those huge boulders sitting out in the middle of a field and wondered how it got there. You were probably told that it was a glacial erratic from hundreds of miles away, dropped there thousands of years ago by a retreating glacier.

But how did that huge boulder get into the glacier to begin with?

This short video will answer that question.

“On June 24, 2011, a massive rockfall ripped from the top of Mount Rainier’s Nisqually Cleaver, dropping house-sized rocks and thousands of tons of ice onto the Nisqually Glacier below,” explains this YouTube text. “The rockfalls continued for two weeks, affecting skiing and climbing routes. For a full account of the damage, check out the October issue of Backcountry Magazine.”

Thanks to Josh Cooley for this video

“Now imagine what will happen when that sucker blows one day!” says

And can you imagine having been lucky enough to have been standing there with your video camera at exactly the right time?

8 thoughts on “Huge Rock Fall on Mt Rainier

  1. I have climbed to the top of Mt. Rainer twice and both times have passed through this section of rotten volcanic rock. I always use to say to myself what is holding this pile of crap together on such a steep slope? Now I know——-not much! Thank god there were no rope teams climbing anywhere near this rock fall.

    • I also had a look last night at the katla area, quite a few and yes rising to 3.
      couple of 3 range elsewhere on that island also.

  2. That is amazing. I didn’t think there was any skiing on Mt. Rainier anymore. Is this related to volcanism or the extreme amounts of snow they have been getting?

  3. mountain , meet Valley…Valley meet mountain:-)
    amazing luck to have the camera ready, and catch it.
    would change my mind about skiing or climbing there.

  4. Mt. Rainier is an active volcano. It hasn’t had a major eruption for a couple hundred years. These Utube videos show several recent rock slides. Maybe the mountain is heating up and lava moving underneath. Lookout below.

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