began simply as a pipedream; a wonderful pact between
two friends: to hike to the summit of Mt. Rainier. But
as with all grand plans, pipedreams and pacts, there
is always the human element to contend with: conflicting
schedules. Despite my friend Chuck's inability to join
me, I carried on with our plan. In July 2005, I had
the most extraordinary opportunity to not only explore
Mt. Rainier National Park but also to experience one
of the most phenomenal moments in my life: an actual
summit of Mt. Rainier.
must be said that the Mountain was very gracious to
me and my Summit Team A as we scaled its rocky and snowy
banks. And a tremendous amount of credit must go to
the very competent training and guiding of Rainier
Mountaineering, Inc and its staff. A special thanks
to our guides Casey, Scott and Viktor for their support.
Should you be planning a summit trip of Mt. Rainier,
I would strongly encourage you to consider the services
and assistance of RMI. Nowhere else can a novice climber
stand among legends and sages of the climbing community
and reach for the heavens than at the RMI BaseCamp.
For more information, quick click on the About RMI
should you be interested in visiting the trails of Mt.
Rainier National Park or attempting an actual summit
of The Mountain, feel free to view the enclosed photos
and download the following information within this website.
To you, I wish you "good luck," but more importantly,
Note: It remains my intention to attempt a second summit
of Mt. Rainier; this time with my friend in tow... to
Camp Muir and beyond!