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Mt. Rainier Summit

Last week I summited Mt Rainier (14,410 ft), one day after my 30th birthday. My Dad and I had been training for months and spent 4 long days on the mountain in a variety of intense weather conditions. Instead of taking the more heavily traveled Disappointment Cleaver route, we decided to take the Emmons Glacier, a more scenic and strenuous route. At the summit there were fierce winds (see picture below) and it was quite a challenge, but overall it was an amazing experience that was exciting to be a part of. Thanks to RMI and the other members of our team.

Reidster at the summit of Mt. Rainier (the guy on the right)

Reidster at the summit of Mt. Rainier (the guy on the right).

Camping on the Inter Glacier - Night one

Camping on the Inter Glacier - First night.

The Emmons Glacier: My Route up the mountain (the largest glacier in North America).

The Emmons Glacier: The largest in North America.

Hanging out at Camp Schurman.

Hanging out at Camp Schurman.

Ken Reid (my Dad) stands triumphantly at Camp Schurman.

Ken Reid (my Dad) stands triumphantly at Camp Schurman.

Sunrise from 12,000 ft.

Sunrise from 12,000 ft, just before we entered the clouds.

Back from a successful summit.

Back from a successful summit, Reidster takes a load off.

122 Responses to “Mt. Rainier Summit”

  1. nova Says:

    AMAZING! The SUMMIT! Where to next?

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