Saturday, July 30, 2022

Cool Pics

 There are several meanings of the word "cool" of course. In this case both fit. 

My daughter Jill and her daughter Irene climbed Mount Adams this week. Mount Adams is a volcanic peak in the Cascade Mountains in Washington State.

Approaching the trailhead on Mount Adams Road. Tuesday morning. 
Setting off. It was 1:00 and hot!
Trail markers. Destination is Base Camp up on that rocky area.
Base Camp at 9200 feet. Sunset and Mt St Helens in the distance. 
Mountain goats, a mama and baby. Irene said ,"Just like us!"
The Milky Way.
Breakfast. Mount Adams' shadow on the clouds and haze. 
Irene headed up to the false summit. 
A steep climb.
Up on the false summit, 11,500 feet. Still 700 feet to go.
Summit selfie!
Successful summit! Mt Rainier in the background.
Irene's first volcano summit. She is 17. I think there will be many more, just like her mother. 

Looking back down. What goes up has to come down.
Back at Base Camp. Rest, look up at what you achieved, and then pack up and head down. 

Back at the trail head, they packed up and drove to Takhlakh Lake to camp and enjoy the view of their conquered mountain in the alpenglow.

They slept very well in their camp Wednesday night, and then packed up and were back home by Thursday afternoon. We are getting together this afternoon (Saturday) to hear all the stories. 

These are the photos Jill sent me. They are as close as I will ever get to climbing a mountain but I am so happy to share the experience with you. Needless to say, I am proud of my mountaineering girls. 


  1. Oh my gosh! You have every right to be proud. Your girls are amazing, and they both are just beautiful. The picture "looking back down" gave me goosebumps. I would have been scared to death. Okay, I need to go back and look at this post again.

  2. What a wonderful adventure together! Thanks for sharing the photos! Looking down would have freaked me out! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing, and for them climbing the mountain for us. (No such thing in Kansas.) What a lovely team and memories made. I'd be tempted to just slide down, but that's probably not how it's done. Linda in Kansas

  4. Congratulations to Jill and Irene. Two peas in a pod those two, seemingly always up for a challenge.

  5. Mt. Adams is a major climb. 11500 ft means the oxygen is in short supply so you better be in excellent condition

  6. That is so cool that they climb together. Breathtaking views. Irene is definitely her mother's daughter.

  7. Wow! Great pictures and wonderful experience. Your two girls are also so very beautiful.

  8. I remember all those years I lived in Colorado and summited Fourteeners, I saw views like these. I loved seeing their wonderful accomplishment in great photo! Thank you.

  9. Such a vigorous pair! This post with the very cool pics was delightful.

  10. The pics are spectacular! Something I wouldn't dream of climbing. What an awesome pair!


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