||Mt. Rainier - Wednesday|
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Wednesday was a big day that started really early. It was difficult to sleep to say the least. None of got much sleep. We got up around 12:30, hoping to depart by 1. Derek slowed us down a little and we didn't leave until 1:45. It was all uphill from there. And steep uphill at that. There were two teams ahead of us, but we passed them up somewhere on trail because we were the first to make it to the top. We watched the sunrise at 5 am sharp and we were at the top by 6. It was not easy. We made it from Ingraham Flats to the summit in about 4 hours. That's REALLY fast. We had talked to some climbers on Monday and they said it had taken them 7 hours to get from Ingraham Flats to the summit. So, I didn't slow us down that much. It was absolutely beautiful at the top. You could see almost all of western Washington, and all the way to Mt. Hood in Oregon. I could make out Puget Sound and thought I could see Tacoma. We all signed the log at the top and shortly after that, I puked. It was probably a combination of the altitude and the physical stress I put myself through. All I puked was water, because I had hardly eaten anything. I felt a little better after that. The way down was LONG. We took a long break back at our camp at Ingraham Flats and that seemed to rejuvinate us all. The snow from Muir down sucked really bad and it was difficult to find a stable foothold. It was long, but it was finally over. It was one of the hardest things I've done in my life, but it was worth it. If I'm going to do this again, I'm going to physically prepare myself better.