The Six Majors
is the premier mountaineering organization of western Washington state.
most of my climbing friends and I never got around to joining,
perhaps because we preferred less structure.
there was one thing about the Mountaineers that sparked our imagination:
To encourage devotion to their own mountains it has been decreed that
any member who ascends the six major peaks may wear the pin designed to
honor such achievement.
The six major peaks of Washington in the order of their elevation are
Mount Saint Helens and Mount Olympus.
as part of the Basic Mountaineering course we signed up for the summer
climbing seminar and climbed
This put Tom and I within reach of a seldom achieved feat:
climbing all Six Majors within a single year.
Mountaineering by E. S. Meany
The experience we had gained from the course and seminar gave us the
confidence to tackle the remaining peaks ourselves.
was an undertaking because of a long approach
(about 10 miles to a base camp).
We joined some hiking friends from work to make a long weekend,
hiking in 5 miles to a nice campground by
Kennedy Hot Springs
where we left them and continued on to a base camp on the side of the
The climb was fun but uneventful.
We climbed both Mount Adams and Mount Saint Helens in a single three-day