esterday, the team spent the day traveling from Columbus to Seattle. It has been 26 days since the team pushed off of Denali, and Rainier, the highest point in Washington state at 14,411 feet, is peak number 44. Rainier is an active stratovolcano and its 26 major glaciers and 36 square miles of permanent snowfields and glaciers makes Ranier the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48.
The team is climbing via the Ingraham Direct route and ascended 5,000 feet today and to camp tonight at Camp Muir (10,500 feet.) The weather is being a bit tricksy – they are going to leave for a summit attempt tomorrow at 2:00 am, but can hole up and rest in the event that summit conditions don’t look favorable.
The team is thrilled to be back in the snow and alpine conditions. Taking a break at the lower altitude states over the last 10 days or so has allowed the team to rest and gain some strength. They are primed to head into the home stretch.