Two-fer

7/31/21
WA Cascades West Slopes South (Mt Rainier)
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Posted by Don Heath on 8/3/21 11:55am

A two-fer, twice as hard as it needed to be.

 Highs: 
- July and August with one tank of gas. 
  - met Allison Kahn and friends Tom and Aryea on the hike up.   They camped a safe covid distance apart on "Muir Ridge" my name for it. 
  - in between rain squalls,  we all skied about 1000 ft down the West side of the Paradise Saturday afternoon. 
  - the next morning i foolishly (part of the workout) carried skis up to Muir. It takes me 2 days to go up to Muir in the summer now... one day to hike up and one day to dither at the top,  trying to decide if i want to ski through the sun-pits. Pits, yes, not cups. Bigger than a wading pool, smaller than an 8 person hot tub. 
  - walked down a few hundred feet to near Anvil, then did my best to entertain the hordes by falling on my ass several times,  and those hilarious back and forth antics where i almost pitch over the handlebars.

Lows:
  - rain off and on all night. Did i mention i was in a bivvy? For fourteen hours? Water management and bladder management kept me occupied...
- running out of water at the bottom of the glacier, with a couple miles to hike.   
- pushing myself by trail hiking back to the parking lot...a little extra vert in the hot sun that pretty much cooked me

More highs: 
  - Skiing the Paradise Glacier alone, the feeling of being a speck on a giant and dangerously beautiful landscape.
  -  extremely beautiful wildflowers
Beta: the blue ice chokes off at the bottom East.  Some scrambling may be necessary by now. 

Looking up towards Muir

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Scenery from camp

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HAHAHA! Bladder Management! One of the TAY problems that can't be mitigated with lighter gear :)

Every camping trip I wrassle with "get up and pee" vs. "I can make it".  Nice to see I'm not alone :)

 


Don, The reality of the "trip" is enjoyable.😀 Your style of writing the trip report is GREAT.

I have learned "Bladder Management" from my urologist.😄


Nice job there Mr. Rusty Knees & Co.  As the snow gets firmer, shorter, and steeper, the falls get ouch-ier. 

I'm getting concerned about August turns but will look at Bagley or OP.  


Re: Bladder Management

Ziploc bags are your friend.


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