Saturday, July 23, 2005

Climbing Mt Adams

I got to spend some wonderful time with 2 of my favorite girls climbing Mt Adams the past few days. Christa proved to me once again that she is a beautiful person and I am
blessed to be with her. Each step took her further and further away from her comfort zone, yet she continued on with an adventurous spirit.

The weather was great and made for some fantastic views.
We planed to hike half way on day one and spend the night. Then we would climb to the summit on day 2 and hike all of the way out on that same day. However, the second day's hike went slower than expected and after a difficult assessment of our energy level, the conditions and the time, we turned away from the summit after hiking within 500 vertical feet of it. By the time we got back to our mid-mountain camp a small storm was brewing and we decided to spend another night there. We hiked out on day 3 with frequent rain-showers hastening our pace to the car where we had dry clothes waiting.
We got home today with sore muscles, some sunburn and a determination to go back another day. I certainly don't feel like the trip was a failure, my intention was to spend some time with Christa and have an experience with her that was unique to the 2 of us. That goal was definitely achieved. (Now if only I had remembered to re-apply sunscreen every couple of hours, I wouldn't be in so much pain now-ouch.)

5 Comments:

Blogger Lori Ann said...

Amazing pictures. Good for you and Christa for building great memories and times together!
Christa...you rock!

Sat Jul 23, 08:47:00 AM PDT  
Blogger kristi w said...

Great job, you guys! That is a very cool way to spend some time together. You've inspired me (...maybe next year).

I had a similar experience on Adams. We (dad, Mike, Jeff, Cheryl & I), in a fit of craziness, tried to do the entire thing in one day. We got to about the same point as you, it sounds, when we got caught in a white-out. We stumbled off, exhausted and wiser.

Sat Jul 23, 08:49:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jason Hill said...

Kristi, perhaps the four of us should give it a try some time...

One thing I failed to mention, the 2500 foot glissade was a blast!

Sat Jul 23, 10:09:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Allan said...

So glad you got up & down safe. Great pix! Bummer about the sunburn.

The climb we did with Adam & your brother was a true high point; even though the skiing sucked (except for 10 minutes) the climb and weather was just perfect. A great two days in the mountains - glad you & Christa got some good time off by yourselves.

Sat Jul 23, 01:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger rebecca marie said...

holey moley. i'm allergic to camping.

Mon Jul 25, 10:07:00 PM PDT  

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