|Mt Rainier emerges from the clouds|
One of the problems with Rainier is that its famous for bad weather. In fact, my trip to climb it last year resulted in us bailing because of a complete whiteout on the summit.
The forecast was not looking great, so we lounged around Seattle for a bit, Kyle bought like 25 different coats at a variety of gear stores.
|Can you own too many coats? Probably not.|
|The weather is improving! We really should actually climb something.|
|Not too busy!|
|Heading up the Muir snow field - whiteout starting to form|
|Kyle and an unknown skier heading into the cloud.|
We reached Camp Muir. For some reason I didn't really take any pictures there. We chatted with some Colorado climbers, and headed off to bed at 6 pm. Our plan was to get an alpine start, if thee weather as good - climb the mountain, if not - sleep and try the next day.
|Kyle prepares for bed.|
|Climbing at dawn|
We were well above the clouds, with great views of the other Cascade volcanoes, Mt. Adam, Mt St Helen and even Mt. Hood.
|More early morning views|
|Very cold climbing. See Mt Adams back there?|
There was another steep section which had fixed pickets. We caught up to the Colorado climbers and chatted with them for a while. Since the sun was out, and the views were great, I stopped to snap some more photos.
|Kyle is looking cool|
Eventually we crested the ice cap and reached the crater at the top. We traversed across the flat crater towards the high point. There were some volcanic vents and dry rock on the other side just below the top.
|Volcanic vents and the register just below the true summit|
We reached the summit! Yay! A guy kindly shared some very cold beer with us. We enjoyed the windy, cold summit for a time before heading back.
|Brothers on the summit!|
|Guided party ahead of us on the descent|
|Yup - still looks purdy.|
|Descending the fun way|
|This is the best way to end mountaineering trips|
We still had a few days, so we drove over to Leavenworth for a few days of rock climbing.
|Leavenworth - climbing or beering?|
I was a little run down, so we mostly just went craging. We didn't end up climbing the famous Snow Creek Wall, but it was an enjoyable few days. Really nice crack climbing. We even had a goat hang out with us while we climbed one day.
|Gotcha - Goats are a problem|
|Kyle crushing it|
|I was too lazy to climb that|
|See you next time bro!|
I headed off to Victoria to meet up with Teresa and her family. It was her brothers' wedding, and we had a nice few days there before heading back to work and back to reality.