Mt. Rainier 2009
Mark, Seth and myself went and decided that we needed to get out there and climb Mt. Rainier. Actually, Seth had already done it, so he just decided he was due for an encore performance. We decided on the Emmon's Route since it's the same ascent Seth took on the last go-around so we felt fairly comfortable with just the three of us.

We started, as everyone does, at the White River Campground climbers parking area at about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 16th. After a leisurly six mile hike, three on trail, three on snow/glacier, we arrived at Camp Schurman at about 5:30 p.m. We spent the night, and all of Friday resting, acclamating, and killing time at camp before starting our ascent to the summit at just after midnight on Saturday morning. The weather was near perfect, so we caught an incredible sunrise between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. before arriving at the summit at 8:30 a.m. Weather at the summit was beautiful blue sky with some wispy clouds. Temperature was in the mid-twenties, but due to the roughly 60 mph winds, it felt like something below zero.

We spent 45 minutes or so on top before starting our descent. A quick four hour trip back to Schurman, an hour's break, and it was time to pack up and hump out the six miles back to the trailhead. That last two miles felt like 20. Phew.
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