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August 24th, 2012, 7:09 am #11

Thanks for the trip report. Was the southeast crater rim your turnaround point?
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August 24th, 2012, 12:10 pm #12

Yep ... this was brought up on another forum. I'm happy with my climb, which meets local standards of a successful summit of Rainier regardless of whether it does or doesn't meet Club "requirements." There was a big debate on this in this forum in 2004 that both you and I participated in on opposing sides. Not looking to rehash an old argument. Cheers.
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August 24th, 2012, 2:14 pm #13

I didn't ask in order to bring up an argument, and i don't remember the one from 8 years ago. I just was glad to read the details of the report (you know how i eat up this stuff) but was surprised that you were ok to stop 200' below the top of the mountain. Congrats on Southeast Crater Rim!
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August 24th, 2012, 3:16 pm #14

Thanks again and sorry for coming out on the defensive. It certainly wasn't the plan to stop at the rim; that's just how the day worked out. The funny part is that Rainier is the only mountain I've ever climbed where I got a summit certificate as well as the only HP where I didn't tag the tippy top. Ah, the irony. Anyway, my climbing isn't anywhere near relevant enough for anyone to care about but I know I'm getting close to being a 48/50 completer so I just wanted to be completely up front about where I was.

Always fun to go back and look at debates of the past.

http://www.network54.com/Forum/3897/thr ... it+count-l
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August 21st, 2016, 1:57 pm #15

So just in terms of general book keeping, anyone who felt inclined to place an asterik on my Mount Rainier climb (and therefore my status as a 50 state completer) can remove it. Stood on the absolute highest point of the Mount Rainier crater rim on August 2, 2016 during a four day Emmons Glacier climb ... again with IMG.

Returning for the tippy top was not my primary motivating factor, but I have to admit it feels nice to never have to think about this issue again. One particular 50-state completer has been particularly dogmatic with me about this as if being a 50 state completer is somehow relevant in the world of mountaineering.

Anyway, I'm pretty much done with this game at this point. Been lots and lots of fun but it's time to move in.

Trip report with lots of nice photos here:

http://mountainsnstuff.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3858

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August 22nd, 2016, 1:15 pm #16

Because spelling counts.

Also it's time to "move on" not "move in." Unless, of course, somebody has a beach home up for sale. Then it might be time to "move in."
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November 15th, 2016, 8:48 am #17

So just in terms of general book keeping, anyone who felt inclined to place an asterik on my Mount Rainier climb (and therefore my status as a 50 state completer) can remove it. Stood on the absolute highest point of the Mount Rainier crater rim on August 2, 2016 during a four day Emmons Glacier climb ... again with IMG.

Returning for the tippy top was not my primary motivating factor, but I have to admit it feels nice to never have to think about this issue again. One particular 50-state completer has been particularly dogmatic with me about this as if being a 50 state completer is somehow relevant in the world of mountaineering.

Anyway, I'm pretty much done with this game at this point. Been lots and lots of fun but it's time to move in.

Trip report with lots of nice photos here:

http://mountainsnstuff.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3858

Glad to hear you went back. I have a soft spot for returning to things like that. When i "thru-hiked" the PCT in 2008, there were a whole bunch of fire closures, and i ended up compromising with myself by biking around a whole lot of closed trail. It "counted", but it also made a great excuse to go back in 2013 and hike it again, dead set on walking every step this time. It worked out, i did it, and had an even better summer on the trail. I'm pretty sure i wouldn't have gone back if it weren't for my own mental asterisk.

Now if i could just get myself to take a shot at Denali...
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November 20th, 2016, 8:06 pm #18

I am envious of your PCT travels, other Mark. Wish I had the time to take a shot at a long distance hiking trail like that. For me, it would likely be the AT if I could ever swing it. But having a thriving family isn't exactly conducive to taking off for four months.

You'll get to Denali of of these years. I have no doubt. And you'll succeed.
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