Thursday, April 22, 2010

"The Mountain" Dilemma

Toby's Dad has a dream and that dream is to climb Mt. Rainier which is the tallest mountain in Washington State at 14,411 feet (4,392 meters). Mt. Rainier is known as just "The Mountain" or "The Lady" in/around Seattle as it dominates the skyline with her beauty. Below is a picture taken from Dad's beach cabin in Gig Harbor, Washington. Having this view every day probably doesn't help curb this dream. Toby's Dad is hoping to climb The Mountain this year on/around his 75th birthday. This is no easy feat and requires a lot of fitness, planning and good weather. According to Wikipedia, only 50% of the 10,000 +/- people who attempt to climb her every year actually succeed in reaching the top. Below is a picture of Toby & Maiko at Paradise back in 2008, which is where most climbs originate.
Mt. Rainier is also somewhat famous in Japan. Most people probably don't really pay attention to the name on this "Cafe Latte" you can buy in almost any store, but because of many famous coffees coming out of Seattle ("Starba", Tully's, etc) these days, Cafe Latte has recently added the words, "The Mountain of Seattle" underneath the picture. See below.


Now, the dilemma is that if Toby's Dad really plans to tackle the dream this September, Toby wants to be there by his side all the way up. If Toby is to do this, many things will change for this summer as he will need to train heavily for this climb and that will take a lot of time away from all the things Maiko and Toby want to do on/around the house. Of course, the lime plaster will get finished in the next couple months as it is something that has to be finished in order for the walls to be fully protected. However, the carport and storage shed project may have to be delayed or scaled down. These are things that will need to be decided soon so Toby is in talks with his Dad now to come to a decision on how to move forward.

4 comments:

Outdoorgrrl said...

If Toby's dad is serious about making the summit, Toby's dad should consider bumping up his trip to July or early August. Otherwise, large, impassable crevasses may hinder Toby's dad...

b.m.t. said...

Good feedback, Outdoor Girl! If we go, we'll be hiring a guide for Toby doesn't want to take that burden on himself. If we go with a guide (RMI or other), he or she will surely have similar advice and/or will be able to assist us in getting past those big crevasses. September is preferred at this time for both optimum training time and to get as close to Toby's Dad's birthday as possible with the ideal of summiting on September 8th...

Norman Delaney said...

You only have one dad. Be there by his side as his dream comes true. You may never get another chance. I know this from personal experience. Do it this year!

b.m.t. said...

Thanks for the comment, Snowman. We've added an update of this situation (see subsequent blog post). We are hoping to do the climb next year. Toby's dad doesn't not have confidence in his left knee to make the dream a reality this year and earlier in the climbing season (thanks again, Outdoor Girl for that comment). This is a blessing in so many ways and Toby will gladly explain over a cup of coffee or glass of beer at Square One (when is that happening again??). There is nothing in the world that Toby wants more than to make that climb with his dad. However, being from Seattle yourself, you know that Mt.Rainier is not a cake walk. Toby is actually hoping his dad can come over next Golden Week to train on some Hokkaido mountains like Asahidake, Furanodake, Rishirifuji, Ashibetsudake, Rausedake, etc... How awesome would that be?!?