My season opening climb and it was both good and bad. Good being that it’s a peak I’ve been wanting to check off my list and finally did. Bad being that it was still early in the season so snow conditions were not ideal. To top it off, I got altitude sickness again, right around 10K where I’d gotten sick before–first time up on Camp Muir and on Mount Adams at Lunch Counter.
Snow started just before getting up to Summerland but it wasn’t as slushy, so crampons sufficed. We put on snowshoes just past Meany Crest and used them through Fryingpan Glacier all the way to top of the steep snow slope above Whitman Glacier upon reaching the exposed rocks.
The final scramble was my favorite part, and we made it to the true summit without any issues. Glad the clouds stayed low this day so we could enjoy views all around. On the way down we checked out the master suit camp spot again, thought how nice it would have been if we would have spent the night and it could have been ours to enjoy.