This post is about Mr. Home On The Loose’s trip up Mount Rainier via the Kautz Glacier Route last summer. Splitter weather, good friends and an awesome route made for a memorable trip!
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Most of our adventures here at Home On The Loose are of the family friendly nature. (climbing and hiking objectives that the kids can jon in on) However, once in a while there come the opportunities for mommy or daddy to slip away for a bigger challenge. To get after something bigger, harder, more remote. These are the Mommy/Daddy Missions.
These opportunities are vital to keep the stoke burning bright in our climber hearts and to inspire the journeys we may make with our little ones once they are not so little anymore or to form the tales that may help them to find their own adventure some day.
Last spring my friend, Ben, approached me and asked if I would be interested in joining him on a climbing trip up Mt. Rainier. Now, Ranier has been a life-list climb for me since I was a retail sales guy at, the former premiere Burlington, VT climbing store, Climb High. I blurted out an immediate “Yes!” followed immediately by “Let me just make sure Mrs Home On The Loose is okay with me leaving her with the kids in the middle of our summer roadtrip.”
Mrs was on board (she is super awesome in all things) and the spring was spent cutting weight and hiking uphill carrying heavy things (aka training) in order to prepare for the trip. It was, at times, a pretty grueling training regimen but totally worth it once we were on the mountain. I felt strong and capable all the way up, over and down.
Our climb took place in late June. We were lucky enough to have splitter weather the entire time we were on the mountain which was lucky as we had three very long days of climbing. Our route took us up the Kautz Glacier to the summit and then carried over and down the Disappoinment Cleaver route. (the standard guided route) We spent the nights on “The Turtle”, at 13,000ft at a semi-established camp and all the way down in Camp Muir on night three.
It was an amazing route on a beautiful mountain with good friends. The perfect trifecta for Type I fun! (Well, more like Type II but time helps to soften the edges of the memory)
My partner, Ben, has been creating a multimedia webpage about our trip. Go check it out here for all the details: JBT Rainier It is a gripping tale of friendship, fun and altitude sickness! My bio on the site is especially good reading. Now you can know where Mr Home On The Loose really came from! Note: The navigation on the page is a bit challenging at first. From the landing page click on “Page 1” and then scroll to the bottom for the navigation menu.
See you out there,
Are you thinking about a trip up Rainier? Have you had your own adventure on this beautiful peak? Add to the story in the comments below!