Friday, May 16, 2014

It's N.A.A.P.I.H.M.

Big Smile. Clean Desk
As some of you probably know May is officially National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Us, the Climbing Rangers, would like to give a huge "Big Ups" to Armando, who is a real live Pacific Islander and a vital part of our program here at Mt. Rainier. Armando is a guy you most likely won't see on the mountain (although we keep trying) but he keeps the climbing ranger and SAR program running smooth with his mastery of all things Park Service. He has the incredible ability of procuring the latest and greatest gear, hiring the best instructors to come and give us excellent trainings, and at the same time dealing with the ineptitude of climbing ranger paperwork skills. Props to Armando for holding it down!

Camp Schurman in August
Here on Rainier for the past few days it has really felt like a tropical Pacific paradise. The sun has been out and temperatures have been hot! We haven't seen any grass skirts being worn on the snowfield even though conditions have been warm enough for beachwear.  Rangers will be up at Muir this weekend and surely loving the spring climbing and skiing on this volcano, but also keenly aware that there is no sandy beach nearby.

When temps cool down a bit and the snow stabilizes, climbing conditions should be excellent. Roads and ranger stations will be opening over the next couple of weeks throughout the park and access to the alpine will be getting easier. The Climbing Information Center (CIC or "kick") opens this weekend which means you can come in, talk conditions and recent activity with a ranger and get registered all in one convenient location.  Stay safe in the sun and get your 'Pacific Island" on!