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Epilogue

Chips and Beer To Go

With our arrival in Paradise on Good Friday over one month ago, the Männer and I marked the end of a journey. We had completed our winter seminar with RMI on Mount Rainier.

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Day Three: Here We Go (Departure from Paradise)

Panorama Peak behind the Kitchen and Guides' Tent

A loud, Pacific Northwest rain drumming offbeat on a skylight of the cabin woke me up at 1 am. I was dehydrated, and my body lingered behind in a far away time zone. Forced awake, my mind raced with nervousness. I knew we would have a short, first ascent, but the guides didn’t brief us on what to expect. They were concerned when the gates at the park would open. I was worried about my performance.
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Day One: Grumpy Old Men

Well under 100 MPH on Highway WA 7

The Männer arrived early at our vacation rental. Jet-lagged and exhausted after a long, uneventful flight to Seattle the night before, I was done packing, but I wasn’t ready to go.

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Der Berg Ruft

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Equipment Check

As my physical training for Rainier slowly tapered off, my mental training kicked into high gear.
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