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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Mt. Rainier

My dad, friend Kyle, and his dad John hiked and climbed Mt. Rainier. We did over 50mi. of the Wonderland trail around Mt. Rainier. We spent about a week on the trail, mostly in the rain. After a quick break, we headed out to climb the peak. We climbed a variation of the very common Disappointment Cleaver route. Instead of heading up the Muir snowfield, we headed up the Cowlitz and Ingraham glaciers to the bottom of the disappointment Cleaver.
The Willis Wall on Mt. Rainier, taken from the Wonderland Trail
A few years ago, this was a river of glacial ice, now its a field of gravel. Global warming?

One of our campsites, not far from the top

Little Tahoma Peak from our campsite

Crevasses on the Cowlitz glacier

The very windy summit, as wide as a football field

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