Testing Eco Lips on Mt. Rainier 2

07.05.2010

Testing Eco Lips on Mt. Rainier

I just came back from climbing Mt. Rainier, a business trip of course, testing Eco Lips in inclement weather! It was full of mental and physical challenges…the kind that keep me going back to the mountains. We climbed the Emmons Glacier route, going up through Glacier Basin and onto Interglacier. We were lucky enough to see two black bears on the first day…what a beautiful animal. We started with a team of 6 and made it up to Camp Shurman at 9500 feet. The weather was great on the first day—and the 5000 feet of elevation gain with a 45 lb. back pack didn’t seem to faze anyone in our group.

The following day, we skipped the rest day and chose to go for the summit—another 5000 ft. elevation gain (a quick gain for a bunch of Iowans!). Unfortunately, one of our team members became ill from the altitude so my climbing partner Ben Caskey escorted him back down to camp and had to forego his bid for the summit (thanks Ben!). The remaining 4 of us forged ahead making the summit in 6 hours.

Here is a video making our way to the summit

Here is a video of the Summit.

At the summit there were 50 – 60 mile per hour wind gusts…it was just amazing. The previous day, a climber was picked up by the wind and tossed over the crater rim! Luckily, he was roped to his partners who self arrested (anchored). We rapidly descended and the weather worsened, following us down much of the mountain. My team was very strong, but due to the weather and visibility, it took us almost as long to descend as it did to summit. We finally made it back to camp after a grueling 11 hour day.

Needless to say, after consuming as many calories as I had budgeted for that evening, we slept long and hard that night to descend the following morning.

One of the great things about descending is glissading (sliding down the mountain on your rump). It sure beats walking! Here is a video glissading down almost 1000 feet

I hope you are enjoying Ma Nature as much as I am!!! Cheers! view from camp shurman
view from camp shurman
headking up to camp shurman
headking up to camp shurman
making our way to the summit
making our way to the summit
the summit photo
the summit photo
the team
the team
rock climbing at vantage the next day
rock climbing at vantage the next day