AFTER spending the first 2 days at Camp Muir, and unable to establish a second camp higher on the mountain due to bad weather, the decision to make the summit bid from Muir was made. We arose to mint climbing weather on the third day.
It was game time.
We slowly started our ascent for the summit just after 1am, but by the time the team made it to the Ingraham Flats, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to reach the top. Just a couple of days before, I had hurt my hip while crouching down to take photos with a heavy pack. The pain was flaring up more and more with each step. I wanted to keep going, I felt that I could had gone a lot higher up the mountain, but at the same time I did not wanted to become a liability for my team.
It was a tough decision, but I started making my way down to Camp Muir. That’s when I snapped this shot of the Cowlitz Glacier and the amazing sky. I left with unsettled business, but I’ll be back next season.