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Mt Rainer climb

June 29, 2014

After returning from Cape Town I was lucky enough to get to take a few more days off the following month and climb Mt. Rainer. I climbed with my buddies Justin and Eduardo and we used RMI as our guide company and they did and excellent job ensuring that most of our group made the summit despite a bout of bad weather once we were over about 4000m.

Our team had 8 climbers and 4 guides. Casey Grom was our primary guide and he was pretty solid as were all the guides. His climbing resume is pretty extensive as he has summited Mt. Everest 3 times I think. His stories of climbing all over the world were enthralling.

Below are a few photos from our way up to the mountain and our first day visiting the park and hiking around a bit. Was beautiful park to visit seeing waterfalls and tons of snow in the spring.

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After our day fooling around we headed to RMI to get the hotel sorted and get our gear prepared for snow school the next day. We met the guides, found out our gear was sub standard bought some more stuff and had some beers. Snow school was a great time as we learned how to self arrest and team arrest so that we were all up to speed on our safety practices. Below are some snow school pictures from our day low on the mountain.

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After the day of snow school and beautiful sunshine we got some much needed rest and got ready for an early start the next day. Think we left base camp for Paradise at around 9am and the first days hike up the snow field took around 6 hours I think. Wasn’t that far but was still a tough day after which time we needed to be in bed in at camp Muir at 7 so we could get our summit push started at midnight.

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The summit day started late perhaps around 1am, there are very few pictures from this day since it was very cold and I was pretty whipped so rarely got out my phone. Most of the pictures are from the way down but Justin got his camera for a couple of all of us on the top.

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Sorry for the rushed and unpolished nature of the post but I have wanted to get this published and found some time on a relaxing afternoon here in gloomy San Diego.

Best to all,
Justin

From → Climbing, Mountain, travel

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