Friday, July 25, 2008
At 3,291 feet Old Rag mountain is a long hard hike. Although I have hiked it all my life this spring and summer I have had the pleasure of an inordinate amount of time back and forth across the top. The payoff for the strenuous hike is always huge. This year I have enjoyed the bonus write-off of many of these Old Rag summits as training. Training for what the Seattleites refer to as "the mountain". Last week the training paid off and our party of six attained the summit of 14,411 foot Mt. Rainier (without supplemental oxygen! ... which nobody uses). As seen in the pictures the weather was ideal, the conditions and company were incredible. It was a smooth enjoyable ascent and on returning I've begun to wonder one thing. Which mountain was training for which?