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The Rockstars successfully summit Mt Rainier

June 27, 2014

How to get your butt kicked?….climb Mt Rainer!

Well we did it guys… around 5.30am on Wednesday 25th June we made it!

We are now MOUNTAINEERS!… But it really was one of the hardest things we have ever done. The mountain did not care about us at all… made it as hard as possible.

Ed Viesturs and Peter Whittaker were better than we expected – true hard men and excellent guides. To summit we needed to apply specialised pressure breathing, rest stepping techniques, adjust to walking in full climbing boots and ice crampons, traverse 45+degree slopes where one slip literally means death, cross 300 feet deep crevasses and climbing in the dead of night to avoid softer snow (we departed high camp at midnight), past glacier ice falls- one of which contained 11 dead climbers still buried, all the climbing above 10,500 feet was in rope teams with avalanche transceivers to spread the risk of falls, over 100 switch back climbs on the upper reaches to negotiate, 30 hours of almost continuous climbing and a nine mile route down taking 12 hours which had very difficult shin deep snow with a 60 pound pack…

Seriously I thought this was going to be a difficult ‘hike’ but it was a real mountain with a very real challenge and to be perfectly honest it kicked our butts from one end to the other and it’s now a lot easier to understand why only 40% of people make the summit.

But not the Everest Rockstars! We had a 100% success rate. We can now stare down a mountain with a glint in our eye and call ourselves MOUNTAINEERS.

I apologize for the lack of photos on this post but there was very little to no chance to take photos on the climb itself as it was just to dangerous to pull a camera out while climbing and just about every time we did we would trip or go off-balance so as a result very few climbing photos……however we were thrilled to hear that on our climb Ed & Pete had arranged for a professional mountain photographer to tail us and document the climb from start to finish, we won’t see these photos for a week or so but as soon as we receive them I’ll have them up for everyone to see, what a great bonus and a big thanks to the guys and to John the photographer for the awesome surprise.

We want to take the chance to thank Ed & Pete for a fantastic-slash-agonizing climb and the great team of guys that made up our team that we met for the first time only a few days ago but are now new friends.

A massive thanks to our gorgeous wife’s and families and to everyone’s support…..we cannot thank you all enough.

Cheers and looking forward to sharing the photos with you and seeing you all soon….Mike & Dave

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Jan permalink
    June 27, 2014 8:39 pm

    Congratulations Mike & Dave, you both have truly lived up to the ‘Rockstar’ name, I would even say more of a ‘Rockgod’ status. God bless Ed & Pete for leading you there and back safely. From dream to reality – hard training – dedication – belief – respect – mateship and sheer guts, you both are such inspirational role models especially to your sons.
    EBC tick, Mt Rainier tick, what next for the newly accomplished Mountaineers I wonder ….

  2. Roz permalink
    June 27, 2014 10:02 pm

    So happy for you xx

  3. Gizzmo permalink
    June 27, 2014 10:12 pm

    I have literally tears of joy 😉
    You guy’s are awesome
    That’s why we are all rockstars !!!
    Can’t stop crying .
    Will hug you MOUNTAINEERS !!!
    VERY SOON !!!
    Love you both
    Cheers Gizzy ;))

  4. Turtle permalink
    June 27, 2014 10:30 pm

    Congrats !! Great stuff guys, true legends. True Rockstars of the Mountains. Now enjoy the rest of your break.

  5. ol ma wert louise permalink
    June 29, 2014 1:04 am

    woweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee geez well done me boy ohs how very dangerous that was struth so glad yous are safe x sound x lookin forward to ya photos luvya ol ma wert XXXXXX

  6. Dwight permalink
    June 29, 2014 10:03 am

    Way to go brothers! What an awesome achievement! So very proud of you both. Dwight

  7. Brett W permalink
    June 29, 2014 3:55 pm

    Well done Lads! It’s great news to hear you made a successful summit and even better news to hear you made a successful descent. Enjoy the high that only you can with comes with such a success. Enjoy the rest of the trip.

  8. Kathy permalink
    June 29, 2014 10:47 pm

    Congratulations guys – what an amazing achievement. You must be (and should be) so very very proud! xx Kathy (CIF BNE)

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