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Weekend in Mt. Rainier National Park

I finally went to see the biggest mountain in the continental United States- Mt. Rainier (14,410 ft) this past weekend.  It is not the highest, as that would be Mt. Whitney (14,494 ft) in California, followed by three in Colorado, but it is the most glaciated peak and the one with the most change in altitude from base to summit.  It is actually the 22nd highest mountain in the USA, but that includes 17 in Alaska.

But I digress.

The point is that I have finally touched this mountain with my hands and feet.  I cannot tell you how cool it was to go there last weekend.  It touched my soul.  I took a class on crevasse rescue to refresh my rope skills and ice axe skills, but the real bonus was getting out on the mountain and seeing it firsthand.  I only went up to 6100 feet, a short walk from the lot at Paradise, but it was cool.

Now I have to climb it.  It is what I must do.  Labor Day Weekend I will be there.


Comment from Mike
Time: 27 June, 2007, 5:34 am

Ach, the biggest mountain in the continental US is McKinley. Glad you had fun on the biggest one in the contiguous.

But then, that whole issue is pretty convoluted. I love the fact that Minnesota is technically excluded from the “lower 48.”

Comment from the Travel-junkie
Time: 27 June, 2007, 6:26 am

that’s pretty funny, since nobody really thinks of Hawaii as being part of the “lower 48” and yet it is the southernmost state, booting Minnesota right out of that group. Maybe we should refer to the states other than AK and HI as the “neighboring states.”

Comment from steven
Time: 28 June, 2007, 10:24 am

I wish some of the things I “must do” were so recreational and entertaining. “Must” be nice. My musts involve duties that pursue me. Your musts are the things you pursue. I don’t get it.

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