What did you do for 4th of July?


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Published: July 6th 2009
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Cars to camp: 9:35
Camp to summit: 5:40
Summit to camp: 4:40
Camp to cars: 8:00


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Getting ready for the 17 mile hike to base camp at 4000'Getting ready for the 17 mile hike to base camp at 4000'
Getting ready for the 17 mile hike to base camp at 4000'

Jen dwarfed by her pack while Steph emerges from her Subaru.
Hoh River TrailHoh River Trail
Hoh River Trail

Near a waterfall and one of the many huge trees. All smiles so far...
Marching along the Hoh RiverMarching along the Hoh River
Marching along the Hoh River

Another tree felled across the trail thankfully cut by the rangers.
Jen Crossing a Dry CreekJen Crossing a Dry Creek
Jen Crossing a Dry Creek

Many log bridges.
Long Lunch Break at Nine Mile CampLong Lunch Break at Nine Mile Camp
Long Lunch Break at Nine Mile Camp

Clap and bear wires. Have to hang food at all the campsites so the bears can't get at it. Yes, there are bears in the park as Clap and I saw one just off the trail near base camp.
Elk Lake and Hoh River ValleyElk Lake and Hoh River Valley
Elk Lake and Hoh River Valley

Getting late in the day, maybe 7:00 pm.
Stream CrossingStream Crossing
Stream Crossing

Nearing Base Camp
Roping up on the Edge of the Blue GlacierRoping up on the Edge of the Blue Glacier
Roping up on the Edge of the Blue Glacier

Jeff and Steve at o'dark thirty (actually 4:00 am). Steph concentrating on her crampons with Jen's presumed hand holding the rope.
Jeff out in Front on Top of Snow DomeJeff out in Front on Top of Snow Dome
Jeff out in Front on Top of Snow Dome

Just after sunrise. Upper Blue Glacier ahead and summit pinnacle behind the glacier.
Mt RainierMt Rainier
Mt Rainier

Prominent even from the Olympic Pennisula.
Steph, Jen, and SteveSteph, Jen, and Steve
Steph, Jen, and Steve

Heading towards Crystal Pass, out of sight on the left. We did not take the direct glacier route to the summit, out of sight to the right.
Jen, Steve, and Steph Scrambling the Summit Block Jen, Steve, and Steph Scrambling the Summit Block
Jen, Steve, and Steph Scrambling the Summit Block

Protected, exposed corner in top center. I give it a thumbs up!
Summit ShotSummit Shot
Summit Shot

Basking in the really warm temps. Nice, airy summit.
Steve, Jen, and Steph on the DescentSteve, Jen, and Steph on the Descent
Steve, Jen, and Steph on the Descent

Came directly down the Upper Blue glacier. Can see the boot track zigging and zagging around a rather large crevasse. Now baking on top of Snow Dome just after 10:00 am.
Heavily Broken Blue GlacierHeavily Broken Blue Glacier
Heavily Broken Blue Glacier

Two climbers with an inexplicably late start to the climb. But they made it safe and sound.
Easily Navigating the Crevassed Lower Blue GlacierEasily Navigating the Crevassed Lower Blue Glacier
Easily Navigating the Crevassed Lower Blue Glacier

Boot trail up the moraine in the distance.
Jeff Coiling the RopeJeff Coiling the Rope
Jeff Coiling the Rope

End of glacier travel and start of the brutal hike out.
Washed Out TrailWashed Out Trail
Washed Out Trail

Close to base camp.
Clap Ascending the Ladder and Hand LineClap Ascending the Ladder and Hand Line
Clap Ascending the Ladder and Hand Line

I hate going up when I'm supposed to be going down.
Last Alpine ViewLast Alpine View
Last Alpine View

Then it was trees, moss and more trees and more moss for 16 miles.


Tot: 1.614s; Tpl: 0.063s; cc: 18; qc: 74; dbt: 0.047s; 1; m:saturn w:www (104.131.125.221); sld: 3; ; mem: 1.4mb