I recall making a family trip to Mt Rainier NP a number of years ago when I had just found the sport of climbing, and the moment I first set eyes upon the tallest mountain in Washington. I day-dreamed about what it would be Iike to climb such an incredible mountain, though such a thought seemed like an impossibility at that stage in my life. Yesterday, that "impossible" dream became a reality. When the opportunity came along to climb Rainier with my good friend @kellenbusby
, I did not hesitate to seize it. After piecing together a rough plan a couple weeks prior, I packed up my gear and drove 11 hours straight to meet Kellen at the mountain the day before our climb. This was our second attempt on the Kautz Route on Mt Rainier (the first abandoned due to bad weather). This time around we were determined to succeed, though it would definitely be hard-earned. From climbing the Kautz Ice Chute in the moonlight and watching the sunrise over the Nisqually Glacier to the seemingly endless sun-baked descent, we got the full Rainier experience. Very thankful that the stars (and moon) aligned for us on this trip. I couldn't have asked for a better climb, and it was totally worth the 22 hours of driving to make it happen.