Google Earth image of Mt. Rainier. The approach to the Liberty Ridge starts at the White River trailhead (4,300’), off to the left of this image. We hiked up the Glacier Basin trail to St. Elmo’s Pass (7,400’), dropped down and crossed the Winthrop Glacier to the lower Curtis Ridge, where we made our first night’s camp at about 7,000’. From there we headed to the Carbon Glacier and up to the start of the Liberty Ridge. There’s an exposed bivouac site half-way up the ridge at Thumb Rock (10,300’), where we spent the second night. The climb ends at Liberty Cap (14,112’), from where we descended the Emmons Glacier to spend a night at Camp Schurman (9,500’). On the fourth day we descended the Inter Glacier and hiked out via the Glacier Basin trail.