Day 68: I've been loving tossing in short side trails, so I started my morning with a quick jaunt up to Sourdough Gap to get a nice view of Mount Rainier. Eventually, the trail entered the burn section from last year's Norse Peak fire. You could see across to Crystal Mountain Resort with Rainier behind it. The trees, the forest floor, and the trail were all completely black for miles. After lunch, I was feeling exhausted and just off. It was a 'one foot in front of the other' kind of afternoon, but at least we found a nice campsite beside a backcountry cabin. #pct2018 #pct #hiking #pnwonderland #mountrainier #crystalmountain
Me and mom in a magical meadow 🦄
One day I'll get up there; but why not enjoy the view. #mountrainier
While in Mt. Rainier National Park, we were lucky enough to see Mt. Rainier pop out from behind the clouds several times. I (Brian) love a good black and white pic, so what better combo than black and white and Rainier!
Myrtle Falls sits beneath the slopes of Mount Rainier
Photo credits to @hunthuang
Such a cool experience hiking through the forest in Mount Rainer national park. The clouds were rolling through the forest and a little window of sunshine peirced through the thick canopy of trees, creating these beautiful rays of sunlight in the dim forest!
After pushing from 9pm through 6am with temps in the single digits, we gained the top of disappointment cleaver at 12,200ft, roughly 7k gain in 10miles. With sunrise creeping over the horizon, we had to push through the ice fall, navigating giant glacial crevasses with a solid foot of untouched snow and no boot pack..Gnarly. As the sun rose we post holed to the base of the Ingram headwall where we discovered a moat between us and our objective. While looking for a possible route around, the sun was busy heating up overhanging seracs bound to crash into the icefall field.
With 2,000 feet from the summit of Rainier we decided to pull the plug on the single day push. Thinking to ourselves, there’s old climbers and bold climbers, but no old bold climbers.
Failure will teach and humble you far more than any success.
Because the greatest part of a road trip isn't arriving at ur destination but all the wild stuff that happens along the way
I have now visited @mountrainiernps
three times. Each time, I am blown away by the beauty and at one moment or another frustrated at the clouds. This time I went over Labor Day weekend, the mountain was covered in clouds right up until we turned a corner before we made it to Sunrise. But the peak only showed for a moment. We thought we were out of luck and that was going to be our only glimpse. Then we started hiking and the clouds went away slowly. The mountain came out of the clouds and looked surreal throughout our hike. Since we kept stopping just to watch the scenery unfold, our hike probably took at least twice as long. The sheer size and beauty of Mount Rainier is something I hope I never get used to. It is truly a magical place where the beauty hits you in the face and heart. I would be happy to go back to this park over and over and over again to explore as much of it as I possibly can. These one day visits are not enough! 🏔
#mountrainier #mountrainiernationalpark #beauty #breathtaking #trails #hiking #optoutside #findyourpark #nps #nexttimeimstayinglonger #mountain #volcano #cascades #wonder #wanderlust #photography #landscape #canon #canonphotography
On this wistful wilderness Wednesday, we were wondering if waterfalls or alpine lakes ("wells of water"?) were on your wish list when wandering the wilderness at Mt. Rainier. Would you wade in the water at this wonderous site? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Comment below ⬇ with your favorite hiking goal. Or let us know how many words that start with "W" are found in the caption. 😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Many thanks to @grantplace
for the 📷.
Zoomed in a bit on the Emmons Glacier and North Face of Little Tahoma. If my research is correct, that face has never been climbed...2,000 ft of sheer drop, chossy volcanic rock, steam explosions, crazy approach....its got everything!! #liveyouradventure #whyihike #getstranded #findawildlife