Despite my recent hamstring injury, I will be climbing Mt. Rainier in less than 30 days! Mt. Rainier is the tallest mountain in Washington state and one of the most dramatic peaks I have ever seen! Rainier is over 14,000ft tall and what makes it more dramatic than the 54 mountains in Colorado over 14,000ft is that it starts close to sea level. On a clear day you can see Rainier towering over the Seattle area and I’m really excited to climb this peak!
Although this isn’t one of my Seven Summit climbs it will have tons of amazing challenges. My wife Jess and good friend Steve will be climbing with me and we won’t be using guide! We have been preparing for months and we are itching to go! We are heading for the mountain May 23rd so keep your eye out for posts from the trip and as we train before the climb!
The goal is to climb to Muir camp on May 23rd. This camp is located on the Muir snowfield at 10,080ft. We are hoping to start very early that morning and arrive around noon at camp. We will set up camp and try and get as much rest as possible. If the weather is looking good we will head out shortly after midnight on May 24th up the Disappointment Cleaver Route for the summit. We will have to ascend over 4,000 vertical feet in order to reach the summit. This will probably take us between 6-8 hours. Once at the summit we will descend back to Muir camp. If we are all feeling awesome we will pack up camp and head back down to the base!
There is a countdown to the climb on the homepage and keep checking back for more updates!