1st Day: The ApproachThere is a full set of photos and video on flickr and a full video on vimeo
We spent 4 nights and 5 days climbing Glacier Peak. We started our approach on Saturday, July 21st and summited on my birthday July 24th.
We started our approach at the North Fork Sauk Trailhead. The 7 mile road to the trailhead which has been closed for the past 2 years because of flooding was reopened the day before. We had an easy 5.5 mile hike to the Mackinaw Shelter followed by about 3 miles of grueling switchbacks where we gained 3000 feet. We camped the first night at White Pass and watched a male Grouse trying to woo some ladies.
Days 2 and 3: In a whiteout
We slept in late on the third day since we were still engulfed by the clouds. After enough hands of cards and coffee we ventured out of the tent in search of the mountain. We still had not actually seen the peak at this point. Following a compass bearing, we hiked about a 1.5 miles in the direction of the mountain before returning to camp.
Days 4 and 5: Summit and hike out
After reaching our high camp at 7pm we had a big dinner and a welcome night's sleep. We woke on the 5th day, packed up camp around 10am and headed back to the trailhead which we reached around 6pm.
Climbing Glacier Peak is one of the more challenging climbs I have attempted. I can't imagine doing it with an extra 7 mile approach. A benefit of the remoteness is that we saw no one for 3 days while camping on the glacier.