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 North and South Poles.
Mt. Rainier is a world-class mountain, which is heavily glaciated and covered with crevasses. The weather can be very unpredictable and dangerous. Mt. Rainier is the first alpine mountain I climbed back in 2001. I recall the wind on the approach to the summit was so fierce it was almost impossible to stand up.
Here is our climbing schedule:
August 11–ascend Mt. Baker to high camp
August 12–summit Mt. Baker via the Easton Glacier Route. Descend to high camp or the trailhead
August 13–descend Mt. Baker, if needed, and travel to the Tacoma area
August 14–travel from Tacoma to Paradise and ascend Mt. Rainier to Camp Muir
August 15–move from Camp Muir to Ingraham Flats
August 16–summit Mt. Rainier and descend to Ingraham Flats or to the trailhead at Paradise
August 17–descend from Ingraham Flats to the trailhead at Paradise, if needed, and return to the Tacoma area
August 18—return home
I will be posting some reports and photos during the trip and will post a full video/photo movie when I return.