Rainier is upon us!

After stopping in Seattle for a brief overnighter (and seeing Rainier from a distance for days and family!), we are in Ashford (with WiFi!!!) and had Day 1 of our 5-day summit climb attempt.

We basically just met our guide (not Dave Hahn as we originally thought, but we did get to meet the legend) and did a gear shakedown.

We are carrying an insane amount of gear for this trek.

Fire Marshall Mac says he feels like the kid from Christmas story.

But we figure it is better to be prepared than unprepared because they do say the string of good weather they are having is turning a bit.

So tomorrow (Friday), hands-on training begins. If I don't chop off my finger with my ice axe, maybe I'll blog again. Saturday, we head up the mountain and will hopefully reach the top Monday morning!!! We have appreciated all the good vibes everyone is sending!!

Oh, and guess what? In mountaineering, you don't dig holes. J is very disappointed. Instead, we fill blue bags. Think of it like a doggie poop bag. Don't you worry, I will let you know how many bags J fills up.

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