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Mt. Rainier: Camp Muir, WA - page 2

I was invited by Ron to join he and Paul on a hike to Mt. Rainier's Camp Muir which is the half way point between Paradise and the summit of Mt. Rainier.

The trip to Camp Muir starts at Paradise (elevation 5400 ft) on the south side of Mt. Rainier. From Paradise it is 4.5 miles and about 4700 vertical feet to Camp Muir (elevation 10,188 feet). We started our hike at 8:30 am and arrived at Camp Muir at noon. The return hike to Paradise took just 2 hours.

I have a large number of pictures here because there is such a great variety of things to see at Mt. Rainier. I haven't included any pictures that are duplicates or that don't have something I that was interesting in them.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an interesting (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/lifestyle/79832_rainier25.shtml) article on the climbing rangers that work at Mt. Rainier's high elevation camps.

(September 28, 2002; up-3:30, down-2:00)

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This is the Muir Snow Field. You can see three hikers ahead of me in this picture. This picture does not do a good job of showing the incline of the snow filed or the icy composition of the surface on this day.
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Another picture with Mt. St. Helens in the distance. The snow field is a very dynamic place. This picture shows some surface water on the Muir Snow Field that is carrying so much sand and dirt that it forms brown vanes in the snow.
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Mt. St. Helens as seen from the Muir Snow Field. The first view of Camp Muir. Just above the heads of the two hikers ahead of me is on of the Camp Muir buildings. The hiker with the large board on his back is a Climbing Ranger packing on half of a new door for one of the buildings up to the camp.

Click on a thumbnail above to see a larger version of the picture.

The pictures in this gallery were taken with a Sony DCR-PC100 1-mega pixel camera. Email me if you would like a higher resolution version of any of these pictures.