Mount Rainier, 2011

This month we were back on Mt. Rainier! As many of you know, at least those who have been following your flag for more than one year, we attempted Rainier last year and had to turn around at 11,000 feet due to poor mountain conditions. This year we were back on the mountain, determined to make it to the top. Our team consisted of two roped teams of three, Cecil, Brandon, Luke, Larry, Chris, and Jeff.

We got an early start on Friday and made it to base camp, Camp Muir, in record time and were able to secure a spot in the shelter and even practice crevasse rescue (repelling into a 100 + foot crevasse). After boiling some glacier snow, eating a dehydrated meal and getting a little shut eye, we made our summit attempt at 11 PM. The mountain was in great condition, and after crossing several crevasse and climbing the steep, steep trail. . .

We were on the top of Mt. Rainier by 8 AM. The flags flew very naturally in the high mountain winds. We hope that you all can feel some added hope, strength, and well being in our efforts on your behalf as we send our prayers and thoughts to you.