I have had the chance to climb Mt Rainier three times, once in 1993 with a guided service, again in 1995 with my brother, brother-in-law and nephew, and in 2005 with my son Eric. Three for three is a pretty good record for a mountain as unpredictable as that. It's roughly a 4,000 ft climb over a snow field the first day, an overnight camp at 10,000ft, then an early morning start, a 4,000 ft ascent up the glaciers, a trip across the summit cone, and a 9,000 ft decent the second day, although we planned a day or two at base camp in case of bad weather. This definetely has to be on the life list.
|First, Eric and me on the summit cone in 200|
|Eric and me at the
base. The huge mountain is visible from Seattle.
| A view during the
ascent, with the glaciers clearly
|Basecamp in the
evening in 2005. Note the shadow of the
mountain over the horizon.
|At the base in
1995 with my brother Bruce, my brother-in-law Andy, and
his son Peter.
|A view of the
|The summit in 1995:
|The summit in 1993.