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Feeling a little tired
Getting ready to head back down
On the Summit
Looking at the Crater rim of Mt. Rainier
Signing the summit register
Kaleb making dinner
One of our rest and eating breaks
We finally made it to the top. We were so grateful and excited to accomplish our goal and glad we could do it under the cause of liver disease awareness. After 45 minutes at the summit, we started to head back down.
Kaleb getting refueled on the summit
Guide Dr Emily Johnston
Getting ready to practice self arrest
Guides Solveig Waterfall Mike Haugen
Camp Muir 10,188ft.
Arriving at Camp Muir we found out quickly where we would be sleeping for the next few hours. The plan was to try to go to sleep at 7 P.M. and wake up somewhere around midnight to then head out to the summit. The Camp Muir shelter was not fancy, especially with about 20 other people in it. The good thing about all those people was that it kept us very warm. Around 7, our guide came in a gave us a heads up on what to expect that night while climbing. Then it was shades down and flashlights off. At higher elevations, you lose the desire to eat and drink which I usually don't have a problem doing while climbing. I did though at Camp Muir. When I awoke I felt very sick and couldn't even get a cup of coffee in me. Waking up feeling like that was not a good sign, and it immediately started playing with my mind about how it was going to effect my climb. I shoved it aside and got all of our gear packed up that we would need for the remainder of the climb. It was pretty cold waiting to head out but I started to feel better and kept things positive.
After training with our gear for a day, it was time to head up to Camp Muir which is at around 10,000 ft. elevation on Rainier. We camped there for a few hours and then made our way to the summit.
Paradise Training Time!
Gear Rental Shop
After another good night's rest, we went to Paradise where we did some training at the base of Mt Rainier.
Kaleb and I got a good night's rest in Seattle, but it was then time to move on to RMI training base camp. We arrived late afternoon in time for our orientation and equipment check.
After a short run, we found the Crab Pot. As you can see below, we did not leave anything but maybe a few potatoes. It was a ton of wonderful food!
First view of Mt. Rainier from the plane..
We made it!
Some unexpected stops on the way to the airport put us in Nascar mode in order to make our flight. We decided to park close to the airport to save some time, but little did we know the lot was full except for way, way, way out. We had to run to get there!
Getting to Seattle
Mount Rainier (pronounced: /reɪˈnɪər/ - ray-near) is a massive stratovolcano located 54 miles southeast of Seattle in the state of Washington, United States. It is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States and the Cascade Volcanic Arc, with a summit elevation of 14,411 ft (4,392 m). Mt. Rainier is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, and it is on the Decade Volcano list. Kaleb and I choose this mountain due to the amount of ice and crevasses that it has and the overall beauty it projects.
Here is an overview of what James and eldest son, Kaleb, climbed in June 2014 to bring awareness to Liver Disease. They successfully reached the top of Mt. Rainier beginning a whole new vision for Climbing for Carleen and promoting awareness.