We used credit card miles for all the tickets and flew on different airlines, but arrived within a few hours of each other. We picked up a very expensive rental car, and did our bit to pay for the new stadium ;-). It seems that Washington has a 44% tax on rental cars to pay for their new stadium :-( My wife Suzanne, Jeff and I spent the first night in the Mt Rainier National Park at National Park Inn at Longmire.
Our first up close view of Rainier
National Park In at Longmire
Gearing up at Paradise.
Our view as we set off in perfect, if somewhat warm weather.
Adams from Muir snowfield
We arrived at Camp Muir about 1400 and set up our tent. We melted snow for 3 hours. We were very dehydrated from the hike up in the unseasonably warm weather, and we needed water for the climb that we intended to start at about 0100
Trail of headlamps
We over slept, not getting up until 0030. Jeff, said "do you hear that?" No I replied, there was not a breath of wind. Up and at 'em. We were on the trail at 0140, 40 minutes behind schedule. The side of the mountain was strung with a trail of rope teams climbing with their guides.
At about 12500 feet
Jeff Hudick and Doug Houston W1DMH
W7W/RS-001 on the air!! :-)
When we arrived at Columbia crest, an amazing 4 minutes after my alert time, after flying across the country, two days of climbing, and I was 4 minutes late...that is not how my activations usually go. I pulled out the HT and made a call on 146.52 FM. . Pow instant reply from Matt, KF7PXT, it is official we have a contact, and Rainier is activated, lets get 3 more and get the points. Matt wants to know what frequency and band I want to be spotted on. I request 20 meters 14.340, with about 15 minutes for me to get set up on. Meanwhile I make another contact on146.52, and ask him to log my contact on QRZ.com as I do not even have the log book out yet. By the time I get set up, stations are calling and Fred, KT5X is the first in the log for 20 meters, and the pile up was on.
Disappointment Cleaver looking at Little Tahoma
Looking down on Ingraham Glacier with a string of tents.
The fixed ropes at the base of Disappointment Cleaver. Snow bridge we crossed 2/3 of the way andto the right in photo.
A weakening snow bridge.
Post holing, we waited till the evening for the snow to firm up, but it never did.