Day one: Up to Camp Muir
We all met at 8am this morning at the IMG office in Ashford. I was up and ready from excitement at 6! However I did sleep really good. Had breakfast left and said my goodbyes!
Back to IMG, we headed in a van to Paradise and started our climb around 9:30. I liked the pace we had, it wasn't too slow or too fast either. We took about 4 breaks, every hour or so. We arrived camp Muir at around 2ish.
They showed us our shelter/Bunk house for the night and gave us all the way to 5:30 to rest.
Apparently most group take longer and we did it in a decent time according to one of my guide.
Dinner was awesome! Totally the kinda meal I love! Quinoa, chicken and vegetables! Nice!
Now it's 8:15 and I can't sleep yet. I have to use the washroom every half hour. Really annoying! I'm afraid the guys will get annoyed with me if I keep getting up in the night! haha
The view from here is amazing and I was lucky to have a great group of guys!
I woke up before 6am and was able to see the sunrise on Camp Muir. What a pretty sight. I walked around on the ledge for a while taking it all in and then we were called into the cooking shelter for our breakfast! Well I had so many pancakes!Great for a gluten free girl, not! But they were pretty good! Especially with some yummy coffee and bacon!
After breakfast we started a little bit of training. Mostly just self arrest and how to properly walk with ice axe and crampons. I already had done lots of that with Yamnuska in late June but it gave me time to practice!
We headed for ingraham flats around noon and got to our camp around 2ish.
All I can say is incredible!!!!! I have never had the chance to stay on such a beautiful piece of ice! You are literally sleeping surrounding big huge crevasses and rock fall! This is where I wanted to get to! I thought wow. This is not as hard as I imagine so I can totally do this!!!!! Summit day, here I come.
We had some pasta for dinner in another really cool shelter. Felt like being in a ice bar! Only thing missing? Maybe a few glass of whiskey! Ha!
I must say, my guide was right I got pretty cold that night. Mostly because my boots got wet during the day. I probably should have rented some plastic ones! Oh well, always listen to your guide!!!
Didn't have much sleep that evening. Between being so cold and shivering all night and waking up to the sound of rock falling, how can someone get a great night, but so worth it!
Woke up or should I say got up, Yes I did get a little sleep but not much! Those rockfall were pretty intense and I felt like they were way to close ;)
Once I got out of my sleeping bag all I wanted was to get going. I knew that was the only way for me to get warm! By then I felt like everything was just a dream, I told myself its all about putting one foot in front of the other. Gotta keep moving! And I did. I was actually surprised at how much easier it was then I expected. I was so worried about not making it physically that I think I scared myself and trained much harder, which was a good think. The only thing that made me tired FAST was the steeper switchback. I had trouble going up in certain area and I remember really using the pick of my Ice axe to get up the slope. My arms got tired really quickly but it also gave my legs a break!
The whole time we climbed in the dark truly felt unreal to me. Almost like I actually was sleepwalking!
The altitude didn't bother me until I reached about 13000 ft. For some reason I started coughing and I had trouble getting it to stop. Lucky for me one of the guide had some warm tea and it really helped me.
I must admit I felt pretty choked up when I got to the crater. I'm pretty sure I had tears in my eyes but I was so focus on not coughing that I retained myself! I truly felt like all the hours spent running outside or on the treadmill, all the 5:30am wake up call to workout, all the times I carried my daughter hiking or doing millions of stairs paid off. I was truly in my own kind of paradise!
I made it to the summit of Mt. Rainier
I made it to the true summit of Rainier, took a few pictures and unfortunately it was already time to go. The summit was REALLY windy and pretty cold. I wouldn't have had a pic-nik or anything anyways ;)
The way down was "easy" but I sure was a little more "scared" then I thought I would be when it came time to do the plank and the ladder. I think what got me going is when I mentioned that I felt like the plank was super sketchy. The response I got? It is indeed very sketchy, it will actually collapse in the next couple weeks! Then I was like, do I really feel like extending my day by falling into a 100 meter crevasse?
Now thinking of it is totally not scary and Id do it again anyday but at that moment I felt pretty small and unsecured! Ha!
The rest of the way went pretty good and I had much more energy then I thought I would. Shows how much I worked hard I guess! I would like to thank the guys from the team for letting me use their pictures too!
Overall this was one of the best moment of my life. Much different then anything I had ever done, one of my life goals for years and I did it all for a good cause. I have raised over $2000.00 for Alzheimer's and I will keep my website running until....next time? You never know!
This was my dream...