SUMMITING THE TALLEST VOLCANO IN THE LOWER 48

I have always wanted to summit a mountain since I was a kid. Although not a mountaineer, my Uncle Mark would always tell me stories of people who have summited various peaks around the world. He is a huge history and geography nerd and the reason I love adventuring. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, I had plans of hiking the Wonderland Trail. It is a gorgeous 93 mile trail that circumnavigates around the base of Mount Rainier. That plan never came to fruition and is still on my to-do list. With Rainier still on my mind, I met a coworker shortly after moving to Seattle that had just a strong of a passion for the outdoors as me. Every year he leads climbs up to the summit of Rainier and knowing how much I loved hiking and mountains, he invited me along for the 2014 ascent. I finally summited a mountain.

Here's to you, Uncle Mark. 

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