The Summit of Mt. Rainier

Wake up time is midnight, as we sleepily struggle out of our warm sleeping spots with bags under our eyes, and struggle into our layers and gear for the climb ahead.  We are well aware that we have 45 minutes to get ready, have breakfast, and then get out on the ridge to strap on …

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The climb to Camp Muir

It’s cold when I wake up at 6:45 in the morning.  The September days with the cloudless blue sky may be very warm, but the national park clearly knows that it’s fall, and the nights cool off tremendously.  Knowing it’s the last chance for a couple of days, I take a shower and then dress …

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Mountaineering training on the flanks of Rainier

The night was not as restful as I would have liked, and the morning broke early as the sounds of people showering, stomping around in mountain boots and packing gear together drifted through the (rather thin) walls.  After turning over 3 times, trying to ignore the noise and the fact that I was awake, I …

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