September 2, 2016 – a rainy morning in Seattle

We’re making final preparations and getting ourselves ready to head south to Mt. Rainier later this morning. After a nice dinner, Tim and Carl and I got a good night’s sleep at the Kimpton Hotel in downtown Seattle and met up with Lauren this morning.

Tim and Nick and Carl at dinner at the Kimpton

Tim and Nick and Carl at dinner at the Kimpton

Nick and Lauren looking clean for the last time.

Nick and Lauren looking clean for the last time.

In a few hours, we’ll leave the comforts of the hotel and Seattle and head down to Mt. Rainier National Park. Once we begin the hike, you SHOULD be able to track our actual progress using THIS GPS locator. Carl tested it at home, so you’ll get a good view of what it looks like when he traveled a few feet. Hopefully, the next post will be a little more dramatic. More info about how to track us (and how to donate) are available on RallyOnRainier.com.

Two bits of interesting news from the RMI Blog page:
MT. RAINIER: SEPTEMBER 2ND UPDATE:
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides Brent Okita and Nick Hunt were forced to turn at the top of Disappointment Cleaver today. The team faced stormy weather with strong winds with knee deep snow is some places. They are on the descent and will return to Rainier Basecamp early this afternoon.
SEPTEMBER 1ST SUMMIT:
The Four Day Summit Climb led by RMI Guides JJ Justman and Solveig Waterfall reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The team was decked out in Gore-Tex and down parkas as they climbed into a cap with cool temperatures and windy conditions. They have started their descent and are en route back to Camp Muir.

Because of weather, today’s group did NOT make the summit, but yesterday’s did. It shows you how important and how impactful the weather is. Basically, clear skies will determine our fate over the next few days, so hopefully, it will clear up soon!

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2 comments on “September 2, 2016 – a rainy morning in Seattle

  1. Adam McIlwain says:

    Looking good! Good luck. Don’t forget your extra gloves.

  2. Josh says:

    Go get it bro! Somewhere in a photo album are pictures of you when you were there before, now it’s time to come full circle and make it to the top! …and then of course, back down in one piece! Josh

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