Mark Sheridan Horse Trainer

World Champion Trainer and Coach
International Show Judge
Author and Clinician

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Fun Stuff.....

Mount Rainier Climb

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Driving to the mountain on a clear day

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Starting out at Paradise trailhead on day one carrying 55 pounds

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Receiving encouragement from day hikers on the lower trail

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First big view of the Nisqually Glacier and Rainier's overwhelming size

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Reaching the snowfield and changing out our light hikers for double plastics

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Slogging up the Muir snowfield

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Camp Muir and the upper mountain comes into view

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Closing in on Camp Muir with a view of the Disappointment Cleaver far in the distance

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Camp Muir at 10,000 ft. and site of camp one

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Thirteen time record holding Mt. Everest summiter Dave Hahn discussing strategy with other climbers

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Mess tent at camp one

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Dinner with climber Mike Nancarrow, and guides Craig Van Hoy, Michael Horst, and Suzanne Allen

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Breakfast with climber Henrik Olsen and guide Matt Hegeman before more training on day two

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Moving across the Cowlitz glacier, (the bowling alley) on our way to camp two

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Craig and Henrik bringing up the rear and following me on team two up thru Cathedral Gap.
The Disappointment Cleaver and the upper mountain comes into view

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The Ingraham glacier and icefall and site of camp two

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Rolling into camp two

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Little Tahoma peak from camp two

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The icefall from camp two

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A rare and beautiful clear day on Rainier

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The guides discussing the upper mountain conditions and tonight's summit attempt

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Little Tahoma from the tent

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Getting some rest before the summit push later tonight

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Evening storm rolling in

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Just a few hours to departure

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Wake up call at 9:00 p.m. to climb at night when the mountain is frozen and safer

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Breakfast at 9:15 p.m. in the snow cave in between good company,
Everest climbers Craig Van Hoy and Michael Horst

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Team three waiting our turn to traverse under a rock and icefall area at midnight

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In the summit crater at 4:15 a.m.

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Sun rising in the east from Columbia Crest, the highest point on Mt. Rainier

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Myself with climbers Mike Nancarrow and Henrik Olsen on the summit

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Summit Mt. Rainier 14,411 ft. Washington state high point

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The quarter mile wide summit crater from Columbia Crest

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Volcanic steam rising from the crater,a sign that someday in the future the volcano will erupt

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Starting down before the mountain warms up, 9,300 ft to go down today

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First body fuel break on the descent

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Traversing around the crevasses on the descent

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Deep crevasses on the upper mountain

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Views that we did not see in the dark, just hours ago

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This is as good as it gets, never feeling more alive and aware

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On the fixed lines going thru some crevasses

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Little Tahoma and starting to really feel the effects of fatigue

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Gilbralter Rock

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Craig instructing us on the importance of keen awareness at the top of the Disappointment Cleaver.
Bad things seem to always happen here

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Returning to high camp and packing up for the descent back to Paradise

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An exhausted team heading back to Seattle with only three hours of sleep in three days

Photo credits: Henrik Olsen, Mike Nancarrow, Mark Sheridan

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