Mt. Rainier - August 15, 2010
I decided to return to Mt. Rainier. The goal was to get to Camp Muir at over 10,000 feet altitude.
The Ranger at the Visitor Center asked, "Do you have poles?
"Uhhh no, why?," I asked.
"Well, to get to Camp Muir you have to traverse the Muir Snowfield - a permanent snowfield... You'll probably want poles for the return trip down... You'll see why..."
I hiked to Pebble Creek, elevation 7,200 feet, where the Muir snowfield started. It sloped at about a 20% grade. Very dangerous coming down... if I went up. I decided to defer and try this only when I have more gear.
In the meantime, it was another spectacular day on the high alpine trek during which I captured today's photo image.
Canon PowerShot S90, f/8 @ 6 mm, 1/500, ISO 80, No Flash
© Ed Ruttledge Photographs