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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Gannett Peak: Like Rainier, But Different

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By John Martersteck, HAMS Director For years, the High Altitude Mountaineering School (HAMS) of the Colorado Mountain Club has headed up to the Cascade Range during the week of July 4th to climb one of the standard routes on Mt. Rainier, usually the Emmons Glacier, as a HAMS graduation test piece.  Although only a “14er,” […]

Mt. Rainier Summit Camping

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For more background on this post, please see the July 14 blog entry, “Adams Glacier Success.” The weather had deteriorated rapidly in the days leading up to our trip. Right before we started up Mt. Adams, the long-term forecast for Rainier was sunny, clear and calm. By the morning of our approach, the National Weather […]

Conservation Minute

In today’s polarized society, natural resources have become the battleground for issues such as government size, national budget, arms control, and land ownership.  With a constant barrage of escalating negative news, it can seem like we will never reach a place of cooperation and forward momentum.  But collaboration does exist.  Here are four examples of entities […]

Adams Glacier Success

Sam climbing toward the crux.

For background on this blog post, please see Jeff’s pre-trip writeup from June 25. The challenges began even before we boarded our flight. The original plan called for a Monday approach and a Tuesday summit of Washington’s Mt. Adams via the Adams Glacier, but record-breaking high temperatures in Washington – overnight lows on the 12,276-foot […]