The day started out as simple as it gets. Almost no wind with the stars out nice and bright but no moon so headlamps it was at 3:30 am. Bruce, Dalen, Liz, Marge, and our guest Alex began climbing through the dust of the PCT for the next 3.5 hours to the crawl. We got a great view of the fire just North of the Metolious but a slight breeze kept the smoke headed straight North. As I set the crawl I began remembering what Wayne Deeter had told me a month earlier during our scouting mission "Don't expect the mountain to be the same as it is today" followed by a little chuckle. Well there was a spot of dirt where I had set a piece of pro the month earlier. I scratched my head a little bit and decided to move on and set pro elsewhere. Such is the nature of the Cascades. All in all everyone got their summits. Dalen was a great assistant and made sure I didn't lose my marbles as we moved along the crawl. Thank you to the entire team for such a great first technical lead. Rick.Members: Rick Harris, Dalen Willhite, Marge Huseman, Bruce Tufts. Nonmembers: Alex Lockard, Liz Hurkes.
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