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 of high winds on the mountain, we did not move to Ingraham Flats as planned on August 15. Instead, we took a rest day at Camp Muir.  The weather reports were calling for high winds above Camp Muir for the next few days.  We left for the summit at 2:30 am on August 16 and arrived on the summit in perfect weather at 9.45 am.  We moved back to Camp Muir and then to the parking lot, arriving at the parking lot around 7 pm. We spent the night in Tacoma.

What a fun trip with Stuart and Noelle.  We had a great time and climbed two big mountains in the beautiful state of Washington.  I took lots of photos and shot lots of video.  The scenery is breathtaking.  In due course, I will put together a short movie and post it on the website.

Thanks for following this adventure.


Rainier summit
In the Crater of the Volcano



4 thoughts on “Rainier Update

  1. Always good to have a guardian angel (ranger) when inclement weather hits you at 60 mph! From your smiles we see a glorious summit team and, thankfully, a safe group journey down the mountain.


  2. Dear Bill,
    I know you travel with a guardian angel on all of your trips, thank God! You look great after such a fabulous adventure. You alway look wonderful & have such a positive spirit. I love to hear about your challenges. God Bless! Love & Hugs, Betty

  3. You are such an inspiration, Bill. I can’t wait to share your latest accomplishments with my students. I hope we can Skype with you again this fall. Blessings to you and your family.

    Barbara Livengood
    South Middle School
    Salina, KS

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