WA: Mt. Rainier Part III Climbing

We spent the next two and half days on the mountain. Left Ashford around 8:30AM on Sunday and got back to Ashford around 2PM on Tuesday. You can see the itinerary here. We were in the 5 day summit club, which meant we climbed to Camp Muir on the first day, climbed to/from Ingraham Flats…
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WA: Mt. Rainier Part II Training

Day 2 is a training day. It happens about half a mile up from the parking lot in Paradise. We learned how to walk up and down on mountaineering boots and boots with crampons, self-arrest using an ice ax, rope-travel with other people, and team arrest. The class was about 3-4 hours. We also learned…
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WA: Mt. Rainier Part I Preparation

Mako and I climbed Mt. Rainier on May 1 with RMI Expeditions! Gear RMI has a gear list for each trip. We bought some gear earlier this year for classes with The Mountaineers and for climbing Mt. St Helens. For the Rainier climb, we rented from The Whittaker Mountaineering a harness, helmet, crampons, avalanche transceiver,…
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CA: Mt. Wilson

14 miles/5334ft. I didn’t realize that LA had so many great hiking trails right outside the city! There are many trails going up to Mt. Wilson Observatory. I went up from Mt. Wilson Trailhead. This is a very well-maintained trail and it took me 5 hours from the trailhead to trailhead. I read that it’s…
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WA: Mt. St. Helens

Elevation: 2549m (8363ft); Prominence: 1404m (4605ft); 12 miles round trip/5600ft elevation gain. Gear: I rented boots, crampons, shovel, and snowshoes at UW Crags Climbing Gym. I didn’t use the shovel or snowshoes. I also borrowed a 0F sleeping bag from my housemate. * mountaineering boots * crampons * ice axe (52cm) * soft-shell mountaineering pants…
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WA: Spokane to Everett via Washington Pass

We took a train from Seattle to Spokane and bike back to Everett last fall. 363 miles and 16625ft climbing. Our itinerary was: Spokane to Wilbur (camp), Wilbur to Bridgeport (camp), Bridgeport to Twisp (friend’s house), Twisp to Newhalem (camp), Newhalem to Everett (banya); a SoundTransit bus back to Seattle. We were originally planning to…
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OR: Eclipse!

We took a train down to Salem and biked to Willamina for the eclipse. ~30 miles/~800ft climbing. The train took ~ 6 hours, so by the time we started biking, it was quite hot. We got some organic peaches near Rickreall, which were the best peaches we had this summer. The hill felt tough on…
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