Across the ice bridge

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    Paul and Chuck continuing on after having just crossed a tricky ice bridge during our descent. They were from 1st Special Forces Group in Ft Lewis, WA, and so Paul is basically a professional mountaineer (Chuck is a medic who was up there with Paul for some mountain training). It was very comforting having them along, and I learned a lot from them during the climb. It's hard to imagine a better pair of pick-up climbing partners.

    On a two-man rope team, the least experienced climber follows during the ascent and leads during the descent, so Chuck and I were behind on the way up and in front on the way down.

    I was very nervous about glacier travel before the summit climb, but had no problems dealing with the crevasses through the simple expedient of never looking down into them (unlike Chuck, who would call out "Holy cow, that's a really deep one!" every time we came to a crevasse). It's a fact that you worry about things the more you think about them, but during the actual climb I didn't have time to worry as I was too busy minding where I put my boots, especially during the descent.

    Once I was back off the mountain, I had time again to worry about what I had just done.

    cruiznbye, CLIMB A Classic, sdh22, and 20 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Gabriela Fulcher Photography 73 months ago | reply

      Fantastic pic. I'm hoping to climb it this summer and your photo makes me really thrilled for the adventure.

    2. simonov 71 months ago | reply

      So, did you make it up Rainier?

    3. 67 months ago | reply

      Hello Simonov, this is a great picture! I used it in my personal blog:
      This is a Dutch article about the organization of an Internet project. I compare such a project with a mountaineering journey.

    4. World Footprints1 41 months ago | reply


      I wanted to share with you that we've selected your photo for a story feature on You have also received appropriate attribution.

    5. Tariella 31 months ago | reply

      Fantastic image! Very inspiring! I used it in my blog I included credits and link here. Thank you so much for sharing!

    6. Fiona in Eden 21 months ago | reply

      Thank you for allowing Creative Commons on this. It might be suitable for a background. 😊

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