Psalms 121 "I will lift my eyes to the hills. Where does my strength come from? My strength comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip; he who keeps you will not slumber."
Image above shows our planned route up Mt. Hood. The climb begins at 2am at 8,500ft and ascends 3000 feet to the summit. We begin by climbing around Crater Rock, ascending the Hogsback, over the Bergshrund and up through the Pearly Gates to the eventual summit. Hopefully will be back down by early afternoon.
Early morning ascent to the base of the Hogsback
Looking down at a climber ascending the Hogsback
View of the ascent up the Hogsback and entering the Pearly Gates
Climber heading up through the Pearly Gates
Summit of Mt. Hood. Look closely to see the group of three climbers in the bottom portion of the photo going up through the Pearly Gates.
Mt. Rainier Above the Clouds
Mt Rainier will be a three day climb.
Ascent to Camp Muir
Day one on Mt. Rainier requires a 5000 ft climb up to base camp at Camp Muir
First night on Mt. Rainier will be spent in the elegant black sleep shack on the left.
Day two takes us up and over the Cowlitz Glacier
Self Arrest Practice
Learning mountaineering skills/self arrest techniques on the Cowlitz Glacier
Night 2 Camping on the Ingraham Flats
Hopefully no sleep walking tonight. Notice the yellow tents in upper left corner where will will be sleeping.
Day Three is summit day and will begin at 2am for the summit attempt. 3500 foot elevation gain today to reach the summit.
Summit is actually a giant volcanic crater. Hope to make this by midmorning.
After summiting will spend the rest of the day going back down the mountain on a descent that totals 9000 ft. Hope my knees will make it.