Got on the mountain for the first time this past weekend. Due to some last minute cancellations we had a smaller group than usual - just five climbers left Paradise with four guides. The initial stretch to Muir on Friday went well, though we spent much of it enveloped by clouds. We got a few glimpses of the mountain as we neared Muir however.
THE MOUNTAIN AND CAMP MUIR IN SIGHT
A lot of snow had fallen over the mountain recently. Fortunately RMI forged a solid path through the powder ahead of us and we were able to leave our snowshoes in the van.
THE GOMBU HUT ENGULFED BY SNOW
Per usual, everyone enjoyed a wonderful chicken quesadilla dinner with fresh guacamole. Yum!
COOKIN' DINNER MEXICAN STYLE
LOTS OF SNOW COVERING THE COWLITZ GLACIER!
That evening we were treated to a spectacular sunset.
CAMP MUIR IN THE ALPENGLOW
Saturday morning Eitan and I ran snow school while Matt and Mark headed out to see if they could make their way to Ingraham Flats. (No guide companies had gone up the mountain Friday due to concerns about avalanches.) Once they gave the OK, we made our way to high camp.
TEJUS AND LEE AT CATHEDRAL GAP
The upper mountain was in full glory.
HIGH CAMP AT INGRAHAM FLATS
As the afternoon wore on, clouds moved down the mountain along with a light wind and some precipitation. Following an early dinner and summit talk, everyone hit the sack.
POSH TENT LIVING AT 11,000 FT.
At 1 a.m. the alarm went off, but it was windy and snowing and we decided to see if the weather would improve. It didn't, and after a restful (at least more than the usual) night's sleep, we packed up and navigated in a whiteout back to Muir for some coffee. Then it was on down the Muir Snowfield (more whiteout, then heavy clouds) to Paradise. At least it wasn't raining! Post-climb grub was enjoyed at the Copper Creek where I consoled myself with a slice of their famous blackberry pie (and a shake too).
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