summit of Mt. Rainier (14411'/4393m)
in June-July 1999 was planned as a very short one. That's why I decided
to arrive earlier to get some acclimatization and to climb Mt.
Little Tahoma (11138'/3395m) – a peak
of crumbling rocks located in the east shoulder of Mt. Rainier, an erosional
remnant from the formerly larger Rainier volcano.
Friday night, June 25
Vadim Uchitel and I flew in to Seattle,
where we were met by Sergey Mikhaylov, and drove directly to the mountain.
Late at night, about midnight we made a turn from the 410 highway to the
White River Station
located on the northeast of Mt. Rainier. We put our tent in the absolute
dark on the first suitable place.
The first time I saw Mount Rainier from the plain,
flying close to Seattle. Even Mount Little Tahoma
was visible - a little hammock on the Rainier's left.