June 13, 2010
One of our annual Washington National Parks Fund (WNPF) climbs wrapped things up this afternoon after their 3-day climb on Mt. Rainier. They didn’t summit, but the $40,000 these Microsoft employees raised will still go to a great cause.
It was obvious that these guys did their physical homework and were well prepared to climb, but as many people have read over the past few weeks, the weather on Mt. Rainier has been a little problematic… So after the recent storms, followed by a spike in the temperature, our team opted to stay put at camp and err on the side of caution.
By digging snow pits, evaluating the conditions as well as past and current weather reports, and discussing the overall situation with the other guide services and Park Rangers everybody was in agreement that climbing last night, despite the perfect weather, was not in anybody’s best interest.
Everybody had fun, stayed safe and raised a good amount of cash for the Washington National Parks Fund…
Success can be measured in many ways!