Mount Rainier, at 14,410 feet, is the most extensively glaciated volcanic peak in the contiguous United States.
The Mountain, as it is known to locals, offers limitless mountaineering possibilities to both aspiring and experienced mountaineers. Indeed, the combination of high altitude, various route choices, and Northwest weather make climbing Mount Rainier a truly challenging experience
This is a story of four professionals that came together for one weekend to challenge themselves both physically and mentally on Mount Rainier.
A journey which began almost two years before during a casual conversation about an adventure in the Pacific Northwest by a poolside in the Hamptons.
They started with a plan to climb the mountain and descend in 3-days. Rainier often has a mind of her own and a tendancy to have her own agenda. Route closures, swift weather shifts, and ever changing trail conditions are her brushes that paint every hikers canvas.
This is the tale of the first five days in June of 2011.