How to Summarize a Summit?

We climbed Mt Rainier last week, and I’m still digesting the whole experience.  But damn, what a trip!  To say, “It was fun.  We bagged a peak.” would be a huuuge understatement.  The new people we met, time we spent together, stunning views,  physical exertion, crazy weather, lack of cell reception, sketchy “trails”, and achieving a goal that was set almost a year ago; all these aspects added up to an extremely high level of satisfaction on the drive home…and a nagging question of “What the hell just happened?”

In searching for some context,  a quick skim of a Mountaineering book led me to two quotes:

“Security is mostly superstition.  It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of me as a whole experience it.  Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.”  -Helen Keller

I choose adventure.  This one digs a bit deeper….

“While seeking the freedom of the hills, we come face to face with ourselves.”

We’re already planning another climb.

 

gear for days

Greg on the Muir Snowfield

Ry and our Lead Guide Dallas above the marine layer

 

chow time

checkin’ out Camp Muir

on the move to high camp

ever had sunburn on the underside of your nose!?

camping on a glacier

crashing out at 6pm

climbing through the wee hours

layering up

the sunrise was insane!

money shot

tagged the summit in 50knot winds. We stayed there for literally 30 seconds.

heading back down

above Ingraham Glacier.  High camp in the background,

most scenic toilet ever

parking lot refreshment

debriefing Rainier w/Rainiers

 

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