I also want to ski from the summit of 3 Pacific NW volcanoes AND get in turns for 12 consecutive months. That means skiing in June! Thus - a trip up to Muir. A little training if you will.
James and Ben joined me and we had absolutely perfect weather. There's nothing better than skiing in a tank top.
|Fog cleared just as we arrived|
|Looking back into the foggy abyss|
|Skinning to the left, hiking to the right. Left lane was the fast lane!|
Skinning is much faster than hiking, as I discovered on this trip. The last (and first!) time I hiked up to Muir was in 2008 (I was such a baby) and it took me a little over 5 hours to gain camp. This time, it took just under 4! I'm glad I wasn't this guy below...he was carrying his platoon-mate's gear up, as he was a double amputee and the entire platoon was trying to get him to the summit. Now that's team work.
|Double the load and still faster than most|
|Adams in the background - my next adventure!|
For the last hour or so you can see Muir. It seems so close and yet it is still so very far.
|Camp Muir - hut on the left houses climbers heading to the summit|
The day was fantastic giving us clear views of some other volcanoes I'm planning to stand on/have stood on.
|Adams, Helen's, Hood|
|Gpa and Spidey|
|Tiny Bathroom Door just right for Grandpa!|
|Grandpa on the top of Adams|
The ski down was a little sticky, but that's to be expected when you have 80 degree temperatures. In all, we had a great time and I hope to eventually ski from the summit! Or at least stand on it! Here's a little video for you. And some more pictures. Because frankly skiing in June is awesome and needs to be celebrated.
|Skied down the face right|
|Tatoosh!!!! That's Castle Rock on the left.|
Next objective - Mt. Adams! Thanks for a great day James and Ben (and Spidey and Grandpa Max!)