Mt Rainier Expedition Seminar

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I attended a Muir Expedition seminar that was offered by RMI Guides.  Lasting 6 days, we went through intensive classroom and gear checkout at Ashford, WA basecamp, followed by time on the mountain

The following day was a long "hike" up to Camp Muir at 10,000 feet.  We quickly established a rythm of gaining vertical elevation of roughly 1000 feet, with 15 minute "maintenance" breaks in between.

It was great to settle into the bunkhouse at Muir!  Out of 15 of us, 13 made it to Muir, making for a cozy and noisy experience!

  Each evening one of our Guides gave a presentation on various subjects, including snow conditions / avalanche control, the effects of altitude on health and others.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We reviewed and practiced basic mountaineering skills including self-arrest, crampon techniques on various grades and glacier surface conditions.

 

Photography by John Murray

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At 14,411 feet Mt. Rainier is the highest peak in the contiguous United States

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Last modification: Fri 23 Feb 2018