Larry getting some gear ready for climbing school. We stayed in his camper for the first 2 nights before climbing to Muir.
RMI shack - this is were it all started.
RMI Basecamp, Ashford, WA
The goal. We had blue bird skies the entire time. This is taken from Paradise - still had lots of snow.
We spent some time on the slopes around Paradise for climbing school. There was another team across the way (look at the little specs)
Another shot of our goal.
Prep for our climb to Camp Muir (5400 feet to 10000 feet) where we stay for the evening.
Headed out to Muir
Our team. 9 members, 3 guides.
Sometimes you're working so hard you forget to look up.
Break time. The RMI guides had mandatory rest stops to ensure maximal summit success. Our team had 8 guys, 1 gal. The oldest was 60 (not Larry, he's 29 like me).
Mt Adams in background.
Impressive ice fall on the Nisqually.
Almost to Camp Muir
We made it to Camp Muir in about 5 hours.
Home sweet home for the evening. Pretty nice huh?
Camp Muir is a busy international mecca - last stop for hikers and middle camp for most climbers. You'll hear many different accents up here.
Some of the many tents - this is a team from "Camp Patriot" - a group of disabled veterans attempting to reach the summit.
This is the first part of the climb. You have to rope up from Camp Muir to the summit. You can see the trail heading up.
Larry chilling at Muir
Adams and Hood.
view of Adams from our camp.
just hanging out
This is where we do our business at 10000 feet. You can also use this to acclimate since there isn't much oxygen inside :)
We headed out at approximately midnight because it was so warm. This is one of the 1st pics I took because we were moving so fast. We had 3 people and 1 guide on our rope. Me, Larry, and Sean (above).
There were several large crevasses we had to cross to reach the summit.
View from up high. The sharp peak is Little Tahoma which is a little shy of 12000 feet. It's the 3rd highest in Washington.
Another view looking down.
Larry soaking in the sun. We were climbing for about 4 or so hours in the dark so a little sun was nice. Of course now you can see all the dangerous stuff.
Only a little left to go. Actually it was another couple of hours.
We made it! It got pretty windy about 1000 feet from the top. We're inside the summit crater and the wind still was howling. Over our right shoulders was the true high point. We got to the summit at 0630.
Me on the high point. I had almost every layer of clothing on and was still cold.
Summit log. It's kept in a box on the summit - then the NPS keeps it in their headquarters after it fills up.
The specs (middle of pic) are some teams when you first come over into the summit crater.
On the descent. "The summit is optional, the descent is mandatory"
The guide is in back to anchor us if someone falls.
The big chunk of rock is Gibraltar Rock and Mt Adams in the back.
some broken up glacier way down there. If you see that up close it's a bad day.
this is at the 12300 feet level. here are some teams descending. we actually were one of the first teams up to the top and now are waiting for some of our folks to catch up.