Well, it’s Monday morning. One of two things has happened: 1. I’m almost to the top of Rainier. or 2. We’re simply acclimating to the altitude at Camp Muir. Check my GPS tracking to take a look! In case you were wondering, I wrote these blog posts late last week, and have them automatically posting information.
(photo from 2012 summit attempt)
The "Official" plan from RMI for today is:
“Day 4: Acclimatization & Training at Camp Muir
This day is an opportunity to acclimate; this is best achieved through moderate activity. In the morning, we may review some of the techniques introduced at the Mountaineering Day School, or climb the first portion of the route to Ingraham Flats at 11,000’. In the afternoon, we organize our gear for the summit attempt and discuss the specifics regarding the route conditions, food, equipment, and clothing recommendations for the climb. After dinner we will get into our tents early to rest for the upcoming summit attempt.”
For the latest information on the status of my climb, head on over to RMI’s Mt. Rainier blog.
Also, one random & interesting fact. To climb Mt. Rainier, I’ll burn roughly 4,000 to 6,000 calories a day! Good thing I had the guides plan and pack a the uber meals for me.
Also, if you want to check out the latest webcams from the mountain - this is a good site.
Just in case you missed it at the end of yesterday’s post, here’s the GPS link to track my progression up the mountain.
Hopefully right about now, I should have Camp Muir in my sight!(photo from my 2012 summit attempt)
Today is the first day up on the mountain. Yesterday evening I spent at the RMI Expeditions basecamp at the foot of Mt. Rainier in Ashford, WA. Saturday will be spent practicing climbing techniques up around the Paradise Inn. Things like working together as a roped up group, arresting falls, and basic crevasse issues. It’ll also be a good time for me to size up the people I’m going to be roped up to, and make sure they’re up to snuff.
(images from RMI)
Come day three, Sunday - it’ll be the 5 mile, snowbound hike up to Camp Muir, which sits at 10,000 feet. Five miles doesn’t sound all that hard, but when you throw in the weight of the packs, the snow and the 4,600 feet of elevation gain it’s not too easy.
(photo from my 2012 summit attempt)
Depending on how the weather looks, we’ll attempt our try for the summit either early Monday morning or Tuesday morning. And when I say early, I mean really, really early. It’ll be a 12:30am or 1am wakeup call. During most parts of this trip, I’ll have my SPOT GPS on and tracking my location during the climb - which will be updating my location as I climb.
Well, that’s all for now. I hope the weather holds out for a summit attempt this year. My fingers are crossed!
Since I love myself some graphs, I’ll let one speak for my experience of owning an electric car so far:
I’m very happy to read that other people are now realizing how affordable electric car ownership can be, as evidenced by this recent article in Time Magazine: “All of a Sudden, There Aren’t Enough Electric Cars to Keep Up with Demand”
When you consider that the lease
How I Got Here
For quite some time now, I’ve had the cruising/sailing bug. I think it all comes down to the fact I have an admiration and longing for the water. Between scuba diving the green waters of the Pacific Northwest, surfing the blue waves of Southern California or swimming among coral heads in the turquoise waters of Moorea, I simply love the ocean.
Over the years, I’ve found as many reasons as I can to get back to the sea. From roadtrips to the beach, weekend vacations to Hawaii, and even month long cruises.
Hi, I’m Steve. I’m a 31-year-old guy living up in the great Pacific NW. For the past 7+ years, I’ve been working as a Marketing & IT Director at a Seattle based architecture firm. I have a heck of a lot of interests and am always trying to learn something new; be it a new skill or new knowledge.
Some of my major interests include:
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