Good Morning Everyone!  It's shaping up to be a beautiful day here at the base of Mt. Rainier.  The sun is hidden behind clouds, which is keeping the morning cool and fresh. We imagine the sun will burn it off, but if not, that'd be fine- as otherwise it's going to be a hot day on the snow.  The team is meeting at the Whittaker Bunkhouse now and will be headed to Paradise (starting point for the climb) at 0800.

Last night 11 of the 12 climbers met at a small cabin in Ashford.  We got to know each other, ate burgers, and shared a lot about ourselves. Team leader Mark Uberuaga spelled out his plan for the climb and talked a lot about risk management and how we all have an important part in it- from the most experienced climbers all the way through the most novice.  Then we did a gear check- looking at each climber's equipment and clothing to ensure they meet requirements- warm enough, light enough, waterproof, properly sized, etc.  It was easy- this group of climbers is motivated and squared away!

Maj Uberuaga, Marshall, and Muller stayed up with a few other folks until real late packing up food, taping lids shut, bagging hot chocolate, and all the basic steps for getting team food ready.  The morning came a little to quickly, but with a little coffee, we're all ready.  Speaking of that, time for me to head for some coffee and the gear rental store.

We will try to keep you all updated, but unsure as to how we'll be able to do that.  In the mean time, the GPS tracker will become active, so feel free to follow along at  If the link in the upper right corner isn't working at the moment, it will be soon!

Thanks for your support as always.  GO AIR FORCE!

--Maj Marshall

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