Ollie, Baker & Rainier

Costa Mesa, California August 23, 2013 Dear Family & Friends: Before I traveled to Washington to climb Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier, my wife and I took two of our children and their families to Bass Lake for a week of water sports.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to show you my vacation photos!  But, […]


Rainier Update

Tacoma, Washington August 17, 2013 Dear Family & Friends Despite dire weather reports (40-60 mph winds on the summit), we summitted Mt. Rainier yesterday in bluebird weather. We moved up the Muir Snowfield to Camp Muir on August 14.  The Ranger allowed us to sleep in the hut so we didn’t need our tent.  Because […]


Relaxing in Ashford

  Sent from my iPadAshford, Washington August 14, 2013 Dear Family & Friends: We arrived yesterday at the International Mountain Guides facility in Ashford.  The photo below shows our 5 star hotel.  We had dinner at the Copper Creek Inn in Ashford.  I had dinner at this restaurant when I drove my motorcycle to Seattle […]


Mt. Baker

August 13, 2013 Mt. Vernon, Washington Dear Family & Friends: We summitted Mt. Baker yesterday.  What a day! Mt. Baker is 10,785 feet and is guarded by hundreds of crevasses.  The crevasses I saw rival those on Mt. Everest. We moved up to Mt Baker high camp on August 11, carrying heavy packs in a […]


Mt. Baker & Mt. Rainier

Seattle, Washington August 11, 2013 Dear Family & Friends: I am here in Seattle with my friend, Stuart Smith, and his niece, Noelle.  We will be climbing Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier. Stuart is an accomplished mountaineer who has completed the “Grand Slam” of mountaineering–climbing the highest mountain on every continent and trekking to the […]