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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.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: