Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Mt. Adams Day 1

Friday was the scheduled day of departure to Mt. Adams and marked the beginning of a crazy adventure. ...until B called with sad news that it looked as though the weather wasn't ideal for climbing. Total deflation...but, there was a part of me that felt a bit relieved in that I was also nervous about the climb. 4PMish...more chats with B confirmed that yes, the trip was back on. Phew, I was back into planning, packing and preparing mode. Once we were in the car, I couldn't stop the butterflies. I was so excited to have the opportunity to climb a mountain..and so nervous at the same time. We camped the first night at a little campsite closer to Mount Adams making Saturday, and the first part of the climb, a bit more doable. Saturday we climbed about 3,000 feet. The goal was to reach a flat area, called The Lunch Counter, where most people camp. Throughout those first few hours we went from a somewhat groomed path to snow and rocks, and less than ideal weather set in making The Lunch Counter not possible. The guys found a nice ridge with a sandy area to put up the tents and we set up camp for the night. Soon the weather went from bad to worse and we were locked in our respective girl and boy tents to sleep through 35 mph winds and 35 degree tempuratures all while we were dusted with a light layer of snowfall. Bess and I thought our tent was going to blow away! The group decision at that point was to see if the morning would afford us fair enough conditions to hike back down.


bess said...

love the vids!
;) b

Jora said...

I SO wish I had the rockstar in me to climb a mountain. You are amazing dude, truly amazing!!