From May 24-27, we battled the elements for 4 bruising days on Washington's Mount Rainier(14,410') summiting via the Disappointment Cleaver Route.
Mount Rainier dominates the scene above a neighorhood during our drive from Seattle to Paradise
Rainier from Paradise with a cool looking band of clouds wrapped around the mountain
"Hang 10" on the morning of Day 2 before moving up to Camp 2
Myself in front of a cloud capped Rainier on the morning of Day 2 quite pleased that the previous day's storm has moved along!
Cathedral Gap and Little Tahoma Peak pop into view across Upper Cowlitz Glacier during a breather in the storm
Little Tahoma Peak breaking out of the clouds as sunrise comes to Mount Rainier National Park
Jamie Nellis hiking on the Muir Snowfield as Rainier moves in and out of the clouds
Mount Hood greets us on a bluebird morning. Who knew taking this shot from the car would come out so well?
On May 29th and 30th, Jamie and I spent two sun-soaked, beautiful Oregon days scouting the Leuthold Couloir before summiting Mount Hood(11,239') via an unnamed chute, a 55 degree hard snow/ice climb.
Me at the Illumination Saddle during the Leuthold Couloir scouting trip, Mount Saint Helens on the horizon
Above the crevasse nearing the entrance to "The Chute"
Me double roped and double axed heading into "The Chute"
Detailed view of "The Chute" crux as I top out
Looking down "The Chute" crux
Working on the second section of "The Chute", the shortest pitch
Mount Hood's shadow from ~10 minutes below the summit at 7am
The narrow couloir providing access past the icy headwall
Topping out of "The Chute" with the sun just moments away
Bright, sunshiny day. Summit(and crowds) just moments away
Jamie Nellis descends the slope below the Hogsback after we unroped. Dozens of ant like climbers are visible going up the Old Chute Variation and Pearly Gates routes. It's approximately 8:30am
[img:425764:aligncenter:small:Jamie Nellis descends the slope below the Hogsback after we unroped. Dozens of ant like climbers are visible going up the Old Chute Variation and Pearly Gates routes. It's approximately 8:30am]
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