Here are some pieces of sky via my son Josh when he summited Mt.Rainier with eight kids this July on and Outward Bound trip. I had promised these pictures when I mentioned his trip in a recent post.
This was posted in a recent weekly newsletter by Outward Bounds president:
Summiting Mt. Rainier: terrific email and photo from Joshua Rutherford and Marian Biddle.
I thought you guys would appreciate a few photos from the course I was a part of last week, in which we led 8 students through three torturous days of hard work to finally reach the summit of our dear Mt. Rainier. It was a very exciting and emotion-filled summit experience…as we went around the circle, I felt my heart melting as I heard in the voices of the each student the determination that they had to draw upon to make it to the top…I was especially touched when two of our students, who happened to be sisters from the UK, dedicated the peak ascent to their father, who had passed away in a climbing accident on Denali, a few years earlier…they explained that they came to OB to reconnect with mountaineering in order to understand their father's passion.. this, of course, was too much for me and I wept like a school child with them.
For me, it was one extremely momentous event, as I had my very first climbing experience on that very same route…so I felt a sort of full circle of life in my climbing carrier…I was able to identify with the fatigue of the students and felt pride in how much I have learned out and inside the Outward Bound community about the mountains and myself...I thought you might be excited to hear OB the first outdoor ed org to the top of Rainier, whoot, whoot!" Joshua Rutherford with Marian Biddle"