Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Catalina Island

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Mt Rainier Climb 2011

The Southern Terrain recently completed a climb of Mt Rainier just outside of Seattle, WA. It was a great trip with a n even better team. the trip began out of Seattle, WA when we all met at the airport Starbucks to talk shop and exchange information on our newest piece of gear. 
We loaded up our gear into a 12 passenger van and made our way to the mountain. we stopped off at a great diner just before the park and talked about the climb and what was in store for us over the next 24 hours. 

Our first day on the trail had us winding up past White River all the way to Glacier Basin camp where we had the lunch. We continued up through the glacial moraine and found ourselves at our first camp called Inter Glacier Camp. we dug out the snow and built shelter for the night.
The following morning we had coffee made from a french press to go with bagels, cream cheese, and MRE's. We proceeded up the glacier to Camp Curtis for lunch before we traversed across Steamboat Prowl and down into camp Sherman. We prepped for the night and ate a hearty dinner as we all looked up at the summit in anticipation of what was to come.

Summit through John's eyes
3 AM came and we boiled hot water and ate oats before leaving at 5:00 AM for the summit. The sky was clear and everyone was feeling good as we pushed through the corridor and on up into the Emmons Glacier. We slowed gained elevation and by 1:00 PM everyone stepped up to the summit with plenty of cheers, photos, and congratulations. We slowly meandered our way back to camp Sherman for a well deserved meal and small glass of wine.

Once we made it back to Seattle we cleaned up and had an amazing dinner. The night was capped off with awards handed out to each person.

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