Day 1 – Climbing School (on the road to Mt Rainer)
Day 1 – Climbing School, 8.20.07
So my boots were too big – I did not check and picked up a size 11. ARGGG. I also did need sunglasses (should have brought the ones I took to BM that click in the front). We did not need mittens – and I should have taken the gloves we had since the rentals were not great. I also needed to rent a pair of shell pants since taking off shoes to put on shell is not a good idea (and I brought those ski pants).
Overall, save for the bad fit on the shoes, we had a great time. The team was 9 students and 2 guides (one more guide will be added tomorrow.) It was a cold and rainy day, but we did just fine. Hiked up to the snow and practiced walking, rescue (team and self), using the ice axe, and ropes. We came down a bit wet, but everyone in one piece. Currently back from dinner and drying out cloths so I can pack for tomorrow. Pics uploaded on BLOG. We all miss CB, sorry he broke his leg. Regardless if we summit or not, this is a fun adventure.