I loved it up here so much I had to come back! I had the honor of taking more photographs of the beautiful Savannah and her family~
Hi all! After 6 weeks in Seattle, it is time to hit the road again~ Many thanks to Shary and Ryan for their company, house, kitchen and most especially flush toilets : )
I am heading up to Bellingham Washington for a couple of days for some family portrait sessions, then….who knows? I really haven’t decided where we are headed next, only that we will be home in St. Louis towards the end of July. So, another 5 weeks on the road, I imagine we will hit Idaho, Montana and the Dakotas…maybe Colorado?
I’ll keep you posted….
Alecia, Daisy and Max
So, most of you know that the crazy idea to climb this big fat mountain came from my outdoorsey overachieving brother….and that I was crazy enough to sign up with him : ) Don’t get me wrong, I love the outdoors and getting dirty, and I am definitely an adrenaline junky! BUT, I do not love hauling my booty and my 40lb pack up big hills and mountains. What I did love;
All the amazing brother / sister time Ryan and I had.
The breathtaking views.
Meeting some really awesome people who were so passionate about what they do (thanks IMG guides!)
The sense of accomplishment that came from hauling 35lbs to a campgound on a glacier at over 11,000 ft. 5 months ago, I was struggling to haul myself (with no pack) up a 600 foot elevation gain hike in Hawaii : )
There are so many photographs that I would like to share. I will post a few of my favorites here, and then you can also access the gallery option to see over 100 of the favorites. To see the thumbnails larger, just click on a photograph. To get back to the post, just use your browser’s back button.
Hey!, I hauled my 4lb camera up there, you are going to see nearly every darn photograph I managed to take with it! The second part of the gallery is full of photographs from Ryan’s camera~
And now of course for my shout out to International Mountain Guides, IMG, and awesome guides Eric, Max, Karl and Mike! This is the first guided type expedition I have ever gone on, so I don’t have much room for comparison, but I’m pretty sure these guys are at the top of the pecking order. A few things that made them so awesome;
not only are they hardcore moutaineer dudes who know their stuff, they are also nice guys…they actually like people, and like helping people suceed in getting as high up the mountain as they can.
personalized attention…myself and several other expedition members were dealing with a variety of issues, and we all received kindness, patience and caring. Don’t get me wrong, no one was holding my hand! But, when I was cramping a bit, Max slowed down and worked through it with, talked me up to the camp. When John was having major knee issues, Max worked with him patiently the whole way down. Drove the van to pick him up at the bottom of the trail and had an ice pack ready. Mike (or the ‘fast and light f*&cker, as I like to call him), escorted a few people who couldn’t make it to camp Muir back down the mountain on Saturday. Then he got up Sunday morning and hauled booty up to Ingram Flats so there would be a higher guide to client ratio and more people would have the chance to attempt a summit. Eric was our lead guide, and really pushed the head men back in the office to have Mike come back up, in addition to always making decisions to a)keep us safe and b)get our asses as far up the mountain as possible.
Food! Not what I expected, for sure~ We had multiple hot, fresh meals, including burritos, pancakes and bacon, and pad thai. plenty of hot water for soup, coffee (I donated some 100%Kona to the cause), hot cocoa, etc.
Safety. Our lives really were in their hands, and I felt safe with them every step of the way. That is the biggest deal up there, trust me.
Oh, and they had some extra toilet paper when I ran out (hey, I pee a lot), thanks guys!
While up North visiting my friends Thereasa and Wade, I spent a few nights at the National Forest and we took a beautiful scenic hike somewhere in the Cascades. I don’t know the name of the hike, so maybe if Thereasa comments here she can put the name up? Irregardless, it was a very pretty hike with stunning views, and it was great hiking with friends. Max fell in love with Thereasa’s daughters and pretty much abandoned me to hang with them : p
It is Friday morning, June 5th. In about 24 hours we are going to start our climb up Mt. Rainier. The basic schedule is~~
Friday, 2-6pm, orientation and gear check. super carbaliciaous dinner and max hydration
Saturday, 9:30am, start to climb. The climb today is from Paradise @ 5400 feet to Camp Muir at 10,188 feet. We have a big dinner and camp out for the night
Sunday, morning time wake up, spent several hours on skills (crampons, ice axes, ropes and crevasse rescue). Climb approximately 1000 vertical feet to Ingram Flats, have an early dinner. Summit orientation talk and split into groups for the next day. In tent and sleeping by 7pm.
Monday, awake around 1am, breakfast and start to climb around 2am. We have another 3000-ish vertical feet today to make it to the summit, at 14,410. We should be summitting around 7-8am, hang at the top for a few hours, and then descend 10,000 feet back to Paradise.
Easy right? ; p
We’ll be back in Seattle on Tuesday to enjoy a fabulous celebration meal with lots of wine! Here is a photograph I took 2 weeks ago on a reconnaissance mission to the mountain. Wish me luck!!!
So, one of the best parts about this trip is the people I have met along the way. I met Thereasa and Wade while hiking the Grand Canyon, and ended up sharing a campsite, wine and cards with them down at the bottom of the canyon.
For a little RnR before the big Rainier climb this weekend, I drove a few hours north of Seattle to visit them in their hometown of Bellingham WA. Thereasa didn’t ask me to take any portraits, but a quick glance at her beautiful daughters and the acres of buttercup fields and I couldn’t help myself! In exchange she cut and colored my hair (long overdue after 3 months!) and provided food, lodging, booze, coffee and good company for me and the doggies for a few nights.
We didn’t cover a ton of locations although the possibilities on her property and the surrounding area are virtually limitless. With 3 girls, 2 horses and a goat to photograph, I kept it as simple as possible. When you see how beautiful the girls’ smiles are, you will know how much fun I had photographing them.
Maci and Mia are Thereasa’s daughters, and Savannah is their cousin. I talked Savannah’s mom Tammy into getting in a few of the photographs. Tammy loved these so much she wants me to come back up after my Rainier climb and do a whole family session for them. You know I am excited to have a great excuse to come back up to this beautful part of the country.
All natural light, all 70-200L, canon 5D.