Saturday, August 22, 2009
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!
Posted by Paul Hassell at 11:27 AM
Thursday, August 20, 2009
a) - Josh delicately tight-ropes a section along the knife edge of a burly crevasse just after sunrise.
b) - Our second rope team in the distace carefully navigates a crevasse-split section of glacier. Mt Adams looms on the horizon.
c) - Kjel continues the trek toward the summit just before sunrise (approx 12, 300ft).
d) - Paul and Jeremy squeeze out a smile amidst high winds on the whipping cold summit of Mt. Rainier at 8:48am.
Posted by Paul Hassell at 4:23 PM
Saturday, August 15, 2009
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Our "Climb for Captives" team summitted Mt. Rainier at 9am this morning! More images and stories about the climb will come your way soon. But between beginning our summit push at 12:30am from base camp (10,300 ft) to this moment as I write to you, we have climbed 4,000 feet up glacier and descended over 9,000... and sleep is calling. In fact, I may hibernate until 2010.
Posted by Paul Hassell at 11:48 PM