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Jul 112015
 
Rainier 2015: Summit and Fun

This trip report is for my climb of Mt. Rainier in the US Washington State. At 14, 409 feet,  it is the highest volcano in the lower 48 states of the US and the most popular way of training for higher Himalayan peaks. I summited with friends on July 8, 2015. I rolled over in my sleeping bag at 10:30 pm on July 7, 2015, hearing voices over the sound of the wind flapping the tent against me. It was time to climb Mt. Rainier. My close friend Barry Johnson had set this objective a year ago and trained diligently continue reading

Aug 072012
 
Rainier 2012: Final Report

Climbing Mt. Rainier in July 2012 was not “just another climb” for me. It was an opportunity to share an environment I love with climbers I admire and respect. In my normal manner for all my climbs I have added a few pages to my site to document the expedition: Rainier 2012 Trip Report with videos Rainier FAQ This climb was all about honoring a fallen climber, Mike Price, who died after a fall into a crevasse. It was to support his partner, Jim Davidson, who also fell into the same crevasse but managed to climb out against every imaginable continue reading

Jul 312012
 
Rainier 2012: Summit: Audio Dispatch

Our team of 5 summited Mt. Rainier via the Emmons-Winthrop Glacier route. It was a long, trying ascent with a straightforward return. The crevasse danger was steady throughout the climb. This is the summit audio dispatch live from Mount Rainier. Read the full trip report for all the details. Click to listen: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] I lost my mom and two aunts to Alzheimer’s. Please join me to end Alzheimer’s by making a donation today. Read the details. Climb On! Alan Memories are Everything

Jul 242012
 
Rainier 2012: A Look at the Mountain

As we prepare to leave for our Rainier climb in a couple of days, doctor lets take a look at this popular mountain and its climbing opportunities. Mount Rainier National Park was established in 1899 and has around 1.8 million visitors each year with about 10, 000 climbers. Overview Rainier is the tallest US volcano having last erupted between 1820 and 1894 with another event expected at some point. The summit crater is over 1, 000 feet wide with three summits, the highest being Columbia Crest at 14,411 feet. It has over 35 square miles of snow and ice including continue reading

Jul 232012
 
Rainier 2012: Returning Memories

Unfortunately I rarely go on my big climbs with friends because it is almost impossible to coordinate time, money and objectives. So I am looking forward to my next climb Mt. Rainier in Washington State around July 30 because I will be climbing with my climbing buddy Jim Davidson and several other friends, some new. Rainier brings back memories for me in several ways. Back in 2004 I put together a team with limited climbing experience to attempt Rainier via the Disappointment Cleaver (DC) route. We called ourselves the Rainier 9. I was coming off two “non-summits” of Everest back to continue reading