Originally, the group was going to be my brother Kevin, my stepbrother Ken, his friends Sean and Danley, and my Dad. A couple of months ago though, after training for 6 months, my Dad broke his collar bone at Margarita Tennis night. Yes, margaritas and tennis are two things that probably shouldn't be paired together with my competitive family. LOL.
So, late in the training schedule, my stepmom Janette decided to train and take my Dad's already paid for spot.
They flew in to Seattle and checked in on Monday June 20th. Tuesday was mountaineering school where they learned some techniques they would need on the mountain. On Wednesday they started the first part of the climb.
|The gang before the climb started.|
|On the way to Camp Muir|
|Camp Muir at 10,000 feet - not exactly luxury accomodations|
|The group inside Camp Muir|
Ken, Sean and Danley made it to the Summit.
|Danley, Ken and Sean at the Summit!|
Their pictures from the summit are absolutely stunning.
Can I just say that I want to do this now???? Is that completely and utterly crazy to say? My Dad is talking about training for a summit attempt next summer when his collar bone has healed. I kind of want to do it with him. I would prefer to talk him into waiting one more year to make sure I'm fully recovered from child birth, etc....but the whole experience sounds amazing.
So - what do you think? Would any of you consider climbing a mountain? How about one like Mt. Rainer where at least half of those who attempt a summit each year....don't make it to the summit.