Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mt Rainier - Flyover!

The C4C team arranged a flyover the morning of our summit push. With our exhaustion and mild oxygen deficiency, we nearly forgot about our arrangements. But the timing could not have been more perfect. The exact 10 minutes (and no more) that we were on the summit and able to bear the cutting wind and ice across our face, the plane arrived. After three passes around 12k ft, down below us, the plane spotted BLAZE (that's Robby in the blaze orange hunting jacket) and banked toward us. Our spirits surged with excitement. For a couple minutes we lost the plane and sadly assumed they must have headed home without seeing us. Then, in one swoop the plane emerges from behind the summit and cuts through the sky just 500 feet overhead. It was on this pass they snapped this photo from the plane. That's me in the yellow jacket kneeling (taking a photo, of course). Awesome!

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