Rainier Expedition

My capstone is complete. Two days ago, on June 23rd, my uncle took me to the base of Mt. Rainier, where we changed into our warm leggings and parkas and began the 5 mile long journey to Camp Muir (elevation 10,000 feet) at around 9:00 am. The weather was miserable, cold and rainy, but we left with high hopes that clear weather and sunshine and would come. At about 7000 feet, the rain turned to snow, and we found ourselves in a whiteout. We continued on up the mountain for another 2 hours until we reached Camp Muir at around 3:00 pm. The supposed 4 hour trek ended up taking us 6 hours due to nasty weather conditions. We were tired, cold, and soaked to the bone upon our arrival at Camp Muir. The team debated on a summit attempt at midnight that night, and finally decided on choosing to hike another day rather than risking our lives to climb to the summit. So, at 7:30 am on the 24th, we left Camp Muir and hiked down the mountain. The highest point we reached was 10,008 feet, which is still a very remarkable achievement! So I thank you all for your support in the Peak for Parker fundraiser and I look forward to letting you all know the final amount of money raised.

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