Resting along the way.
The trail head is at 5600 feet elevation. It took them four hours to hike to Lunchcounter, at about 9000 feet, the overnight base camp.
It was still warm at this elevation.
They enjoyed the sunset on the mountain, and then prepared for a sunrise start to the summit.
They took a break at Piker's Point, the false summit, at 11,300 feet.
Ta-dah! Laurie and Greg at the summit.
And then Jake stands atop Mt Adams for his third time.
His altimeter watch shows 12,260 feet just below the summit, and the time is 9:49 AM.
The weather was so mild and the view so spectacular that they stayed on the mountain top for about half an hour.
Then they descended. This way.
For 2000 feet they glissaded down the mountain through this glissade trough. To glissade is to slide on your butt, ice ax at the ready to make any necessary course corrections. Laurie said it was the best part!
It took them the rest of the day to get back to the trail head and drive Gus out of the mountains and back to Seattle. Success all around!
I want to thank Laurie for the photos which she took and so kindly allowed me to use. I don't usually have a trip of Jake's so well documented. And thanks to facebook, I even got some updates along the way.