I climbed to 11,203 feet in the Colorado Rockies, lost 17 pounds carrying a 55-lb. pack up and (it was lighter coming down, but not by much) dealt with a child having sickle-cell anemia, a young lady wanting to run away from home for good and a team leader who absolutely refused to take my EMT evaluation of the ill child seriously.
So, I left that company and did other things.
But climbing mountains must be in my blood... thinner at higher altitudes - LOL!
I have read lots of books about Everest and other major peaks, cringed to hear about the recent Nepal earthquake and all that it meant for all the folks involved, and still I risked my life once more to "get to the top, just because it was there..."
|This is not me climbing... it was a group of folks learning|
how to do this... I already have my own method.
We packed a few essentials, especially plenty of water, and off we went.
As we approached the snow level, it was clear that lots of other folks were going to try for the top as well. You know it's crowded when you have to wait in line to get to the next level.
|From a distance we could see there was still a lot of snow at|
the top of Mt. Shuksan, east of Mt. Baker.
Although Earl has limited sight, he was a great motivator for us to keep going, and he seemed to know the route almost by heart.
|You can see the mound of dirty snow that I was standing on|
just to the lower right. This is the absolute peak of Mt. Baker
beyond that lovely evergreen tree. We just didn't have the
time, energy or resources to achieve that summit.
Here I was, standing incredibly close to the very top of Mt. Baker, (it is 10,701 feet) and the sun broke through the clouds so I could actually see it clearly. It is possible for me to see this mountain from over in Sequim, so after today I would never look at it again in the same way.
|I turned around and looked over my shoulder and this is what|
I saw... all those other folks who were also vying for the top.
|The winding road down to the ski huts, with a view of the|
Canadian mountains, also bereft of snow in May.