Michele and Chelsea getting their packs together
We piled into the truck and headed off to the lodge where we would meet up with the rest of the team and catch a few Z's before the climb. At 4:00 am we boarded the snow cat and it took us up to 8,000 feet. From there we put on our crampons and started up the mountain.
First, we have our fearless leader, Big D
Kevin - the rock of our group!
Chelsea and Michele - climber and photographer/videographer extraordinares
Like I said the climb was pretty intense and incredibly steep in parts. I will let the pictures and video speak for themselves.
Video #1: Part way up the mountain.
Video #2: Michele and Chelsea waiting for the group on the Hogsback.
We were able to climb to 10,900 feet and then were forced to climb back down due to weather and potential avalanches. Even though we didn't summit, it was an INCREDIBLE experience. I am really proud of all of us and what we were able to accomplish. After a long walk down the mountain and long drive to Yakima we were rewarded with hot showers and a delicious homemade dinner cooked by the lovely Sheila. It was a relaxing rest of the weekend at the Smart's home (thanks Smarties!).