I just got back from a climb of Mount Rainier with Mountain Madness. It was a return group of folks that I climbed with in Bolivia last year. The Mt. Rainier climb starts with the drive to Mt. Rainier National Park and then a short hike to the Glacier Basin camp. We spend the night there and continue up to Camp Sherman the next day. Although some people choose to climb from the trail head all the way to Camp Sherman the same day the break at Glacier Basin makes for a much more enjoyable hike and an overall better experience.
|Wildlife at Glacier Basin camp.|
We got an early start the following morning and headed up the Interglacier to the ridge below Camp Sherman.
Once at Camp Sherman we had the option of climbing to the summit the following morning or taking a rest day and heading to the summit the next day. Given the unstable weather we decided to take a rest day.
|An RMI group heading up the mountain. Although the weather looks good in this photo, the group turned around before the summit due to bad weather.|
|Two climbers arrive back at camp after turning around before the summit.|
The next morning was clear and cold. The weather forecast for most of the Puget Sound was for rain. We were above that rain, so we roped up and headed for the summit.
|A rope team heading to the summit.|
|Rick enjoying the day.|
|It is always worth taking the time to stop and fix blisters before the get worse. Guide extraordinaire Jamie doing some blister maintenance|
Danny, Margen and Nancy all went to the summit with Jamie. Rick and I turned around and headed down.
Heading down for me was a good excuse to concentrate on some photography, which is always a good way to spend an afternoon.
|A rope team arrives back at camp from the summit.|
|Jamie, Margen, Danny and Nancy returning to camp from the summit.|
|Margen and Nancy drinking tea after climbing Mt. Rainier.|
|Jamie making it look easy.|
Anyone who knows me understands that it is really not possible for me to go anywhere these days without shooting photos of some birds. This bird is a grey crowned rosy finch. They are common in Washington's alpine areas, and very common at Camp Sherman.
|Grey Crowned Rosy Finch.|
The following day we headed down, getting an early start knowing that food, and beer were waiting for us back in town.