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Edit: trip over; Video here


Headed to Seattle later today to grab a beer with LSUintheNW and then head towards Mt. Rainier for a 3 day summit attempt this weekend. He suggested a Rainier climb last year when I asked for ideas for a challenge/adventure for this year. I will not have cell service near Rainier so I'm posting a bit early. (Someone please bump thread Friday morning). I will post pics and videos after the climb.

Never climbed anything before so I will see how it goes with the altitude and thin air. Unlike my kayak race last month, I have no frame of reference for this endeavor. I have never touched an ice ax before and never heard of a crampon before I signed up for the climb. The success rate to summit is just over 50% which is oddly about the same rate of finishing the kayak race....

Around 11:00am (central time) this Friday, THIS LINK to my satellite tracker should start receiving a signal. It will update our location every 10 minutes.

Below is a breakdown of the general timeline. The locations I list below can be found on the map below. Times are central time zone

On this Friday, around 11:00am, the tracking link should start receiving a signal. We will leave from the parking lot in Paradise, Washington with packs weighing around 40 pounds. We should hit the snow field after about 2.5 miles. Our final destination for Friday is Camp Muir at approximately 10,200 feet. If you switch the the tracker to satellite view, you should be able to see the stone structures making up the camp . We will stay the night here.

On Saturday morning, we leave Camp Muir in a rope team and head to Ingrahm Glacier where we will camp in tents at 11,200 feet on "The Flats".

Saturday night between midnight and 2am we assemble into rope teams, with headlamps, and start heading towards the summit. "Disappointment Cleaver" is a steep section and is the breaking point for a lot of climbers. Climbers that are struggling, often don't make it past here..

The plan is to reach "high break" before daybreak so you can be there for the sunrise. After this break, the final push for the summit.

After 30-45 minutes on the summit, we start down. We will descend the entire mountain on Sunday; arriving back at the parking lot around 5-7pm.




This post was edited on 10/20 at 8:05 pm



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Awesome man. Good luck.

I'm setting a reminder now to bump this one Friday morning at 6 CST.


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Jim Rockford
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Good luck!


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dbllung
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Would love to do something like that! Good luck and I'll be sure to check out your progress!


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OldHickory
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Very cool. Best of luck and be safe.

Crampon....


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Lynyrd
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Good luck!


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That's great! Good luck to you. If possible you should get as much high altitude time as you can between now and Friday since oxygen debt is going to be one of your main problems and getting used to the altitude takes days. Beautiful mountain, that's one I've always wanted to try but never had the gumption for.


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Nodust
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Good luck.



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Chicken
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Can someone request sticky on this on Friday? This is pretty cool. Good luck.


TigerGyp
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Good luck! Make sure you are well hydrated. Sunday looks like a long day!


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Good luck man


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CoastieGM
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Make sure you do a LSU flag-raising.....Iwo Jima style.











(one of my boys & friends atop Mt. Baldy at Philmont Scout Ranch several years ago).


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That high altitude is going to kick you in the nuts, best of luck...


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quote:

Make sure you are well hydrated. Sunday looks like a long day!


This is where I hope my ultra-marathon kayak racing will help out. I just paddled day and night to cover 340 miles in 64 hours a few weeks ago. Managing hydration and caloric intake needs (based on energy expended) on the go is something I normally don't have issues with. I just have to remember that altitude will mess with appetite.


LSU Neil
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Good luck Terry- I went up Humbolt and Crestone Needle year before last. Was horribly ill and dizzy the first day. Ate 3 pop tarts in a weeks time. Went and got Daminox yesterday, leave on the 10th to Torry and Grays. You are in good shape, so only issue will be the altitude. Good luck! Hope to share some pics maybe about the Florida game.


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ChiSaint
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I did this exact same route with IMG in 2011. One of the best things I ever done. It's really tough and yet so rewarding. The views are incredible (pray for good weather) and the sense of accomplishment when you make the summit surpasses most other achievements. We're thinking of doing the climb again in a couple of years as my wife didn't make it to the top.

Good luck and enjoy.


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Entering the park soon.....



QuietTiger
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Looks like the same route we took. Good luck to you.
Eat anything you can at Muir, it'll have to hold you for a while.
Staying at Paradise? Get me a tee shirt!


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4mileduckman
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tigers win 2, I am good friends wt the president of SPOT. Its been his baby, started and developed the whole thing. anyway i sent him the link to watch. just trying to hook you up wt some pub.
This post was edited on 8/21 at 6:30 pm


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Lynyrd
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quote:

Can someone request sticky on this on Friday? This is pretty cool. Good luck.

Just did it Chicken


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