Hiking, Mount Rainier, Top Trips

Camp Muir at last

Last winter when I had to turn around on measly Poo Poo Point because I was in such horrendous shape, I vowed that by summer I would be in good enough condition to make it to Camp Muir, the climbers’ camp on the most popular route on Mount Rainier. At around ten miles and 4,600 feet of elevation gain I figured it would be a good goal, but the real test is that the camp is all the way up at 10,188 feet (3105 meters), higher than I had ever been before – the highest mountain in Norway is 2469 meters…

Well, summer came around and I was definitely in shape to do it, but between a lack of cooperating weather and some conflicting backpacking trips, we never got around to visiting Muir – so with the promise of excellent weather this Sunday, JK, Carlos and I decided we should finally go for it! I was a little worried about coughing up a lung or two since this would be my first hike after the flu, but I really needed a beautiful day in the mountains after my pathetic attempts at climbing in our class the day before (more on this later when I’m feeling less ridiculous and/or traumatized).

The sun was out, the sky was blue and everything was just perfect. I got to test my post-plague lungs on the hill up to Panorama Point, and luckily all my innards stayed where they were supposed to be:

Nature's stairmaster

JK was on camera duty this time to make up for bossing me around as his personal photographer the last time we went to Rainier, but I did get some shots of my happy husband in his natural element as Mountain Man:

Happy husband

As we got higher and higher the wind really started to pick up, so I put on my Tellytubby costume and hiked on:

Windy highway

I felt fantastic until the last 1000 vertical feet, then my body started noticing the thinner air. We could see Camp Muir ahead of us, but no matter how far we walked it just didn’t seem to get any closer…


At long last we made it. Huzzah! Once we stopped moving I felt great again, but JK and Carlos had headaches and were getting nauseous because of the altitude, so we just ate some food, took a few photos, then headed back down again. I was intrigued by the wheelchair accessible outhouse:

Wheelchair accessible!

The way down was great, we didn’t need snowshoes anymore and could plunge-step most of the way. Once we had descended a bit the boys started feeling back to normal as well.

Two good friends

There are few things more beautiful that seeing the afternoon light on Mount Rainier. Have I mentioned I love living here??

Beautiful Tahoma

Adams, Tatoosh, Carlos

…and as if the day hadn’t been perfect enough, we were greeted by this beautiful fox once we were back on the road:

Foxy lady

We’ve been on some excellent hikes this year, but this was by far the best!

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  • Reply Jaimie Mulheron April 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Wowsa! UR awesome! They may have the Handicap outhouse up there because by the time you make it up there you might be crippled.(wink) JK did great on the photos. Congratulations!! Next Goal?

  • Reply Lauren April 10, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Wow! What incredible pictures! And thank you for your inspiration to get back in shape… I live in Colorado and can be in the mountains in an hour or so… but I can’t hike to far in my current state. You are inspiring!

  • Reply Ania April 10, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Nice!! Vi har begynt å gå litt turer..småturer iallefall….ikke noe som kan sammenlignes dog haha :D God påske!!!

  • Reply Heidi April 10, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    WOW!!!!!! Imponerende!!!! Ser sååååå gøy ut!! Kos deg masse videre i påsken.

  • Reply sykepleier April 10, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Nydelige bilder – som alltid. Fy søren for et herlig sted dere har flyttet til. Den ene turen rålekrere enn den andre. Herlig å se på bildene, når man ikke har likens mulighet selv.

    Ligger en award til deg i bloggen min. :D

  • Reply Suzanne April 10, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    You have NO idea how totally impressed I am by you!!!

  • Reply Samantha April 13, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Congrats, Ingunn!! I’m so happy that you were able to make it to Camp Muir. Be proud of yourself!! All the pictures you took a just breathtaking. I, too, am a bit perplexed by the wheelchair accessible bathroom. That’s just odd, but it does make for a funny picture :) And, of course, I’m loving the photo of the fox. He’s beautiful.

  • Reply Linda April 14, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Go you! I’m totally impressed. I’m such a sea-level person. I’d be laying down, sick sick sick, at that altitude. Well, I wouldn’t have made it to the top, for starters. LOL! And your honey did a great job with the photos.

  • Reply Heidi A Rahm May 28, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Du verden så nydelige bilder, storslagen natur og ikke minst måtte jeg le av det handikaptilpassede uthuset (doen). Vel, hadde det ikke vært for snøen hadde man kanskje kommet seg inn der også.

    Du scrapper så flott! Blir helt satt ut her jeg sitter og ser på bloggen din!

    Nydelig rev!

    Hilsen Heidi

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