June 29 Eight-Day Course: Summit Success!

A strong all-around team effort put five of us on the summit this morning. They earned this one, pushing through 35+ mph winds and poor visibility to stand on Columbia Crest at 10:15am.

Sunrise on the Emmons

It’s official: signing the summit register

Top of Washington!

Guides Devin & Kristie – first Rainier summit together

It was a particularly special summit for Janel – her mother summited the mountain in 1968 and Janel has always considered Rainer “her mountain”. We were all very stoked for her!

A rapid descent, with many moments of hilarity, found us back at Camp Schurman where a tremendous support team welcomed us back. This was truly a full team effort – absolutely inspiring how these six people have supported and encouraged each other all week. Though only three of them stood on the summit in person, everyone was there in spirit. I have rarely seen anything like it.

The mountains are silent teachers, and they teach us noble qualities: humility in the face of nature, modesty, courage, privation, and strength of will.—Hermann Buhl

Photos: Devin Bishop

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