Climbing Duo Becomes First To Summit and Ski Washington's 5 Volcanoes in 5 Days

Climbing Duo Becomes First To Summit and Ski Washington's 5 Volcanoes in 5 Days

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Climbing Duo Becomes First To Summit and Ski Washington's 5 Volcanoes in 5 Days

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The Seattle Times is reporting that climbers Trevor Kostanich and Scott Rinckenberger became the first people to summit and ski all of Washington’s volcanoes across five consecutive days.

The duo completed the feat during the Pacific Northwest’s record heat wave that sent temps soaring towards the end of June.

Washington’s five volcanoes are Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Baker, and Glacier Peak.

The pair started on Mount Rainier’s Glacier Basin trailhead at 1 AM on June 24th, and finished at Glacier Peak’s North Fork Sauk River trailhead at 9 PM on June 28th.

Welcome to Mount Rainier National Park

Courtesy: Mount Rainier National Park

The duo didn’t camp during the attempt, and only took turns sleeping in the truck driving between the volcanoes. The total trip to the summit of Glacier Peak covered 36.6 miles and 13,140′ in elevation gain.

Congrats to Trevor and Scott on a remarkable achievement! I have no idea what could possess somebody to want to summit five volcanoes in five days, but it’s damn cool that they did.

Gotta wonder how many times they considered quitting during the five day journey but pushed on to accomplish their goal.

You can follow Scott Rinckenberger on Instagram here, or check out his photography website here.

Trevor Kostanich is an AMGA certified backcountry ski guide that you can learn more about here.

 

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