After returning from Mt Rainier we spent 3 days in Seattle and the weather was perfect. The expedition that was scheduled to summit the day after my team had perfect weather— no wind and smooth sailing all the way to the top! I was a bit bummed when I thought that my bid to the summit of Mt Rainier would have been different and more favorable if the weather had been better. I really beat myself up while we were in Seattle just thinking about why the guides didn’t let me go further up the mountain. Was it my clumsiness, my stamina, my lack of concentration, my determination— what was it? In the end it really came down to my safety and the safety of the other climbers due to my instability and lack of experience and the weather didn’t help either.
Ok everybody this is the day we have all been waiting for—Summit day!
The guides woke us up at 1 AM and we had one hour to get ready! I think I slept maybe 3-4 hrs, usually it takes me while to fall asleep and up in the mountains was no different. I was still sleepy and tired when I woke up but had no choice. Had to put on my gear and get on with it!
That hour sure went quickly. Before we knew it, it was time to go. I had actually slept with a couple of layers so just had to change my socks and add a few layers, made some coffee, and attempted to eat as much food(scones+ almond butter) as I could. I wasn’t that hungry but needed to consume some calories and warm up a bit before we left.
The temperature was around 25°F so it was chilly! Our crampons were outside so once we were done eating and packing all our gear we needed to go outside and get our crampons on. After the crampons were on we had to stay outside, so we waited until the last few minutes to go outside and put them on.