UPDATE: Climber made it, plans Denali?

The man from Scotia who was attempting to climb Mount Rainier in Washington made it to the top!

For The Gazette:

The snow held off.

Scotia man, Adam Zawilinkski and his brother Paul made it to the top of the 14,411-foot summit of Mount Rainier in Washington on June 23. The Zawilinskis tackled the formidable volcanic mountain carrying 50 to 60 pounds of gear.

“It was pretty smooth sailing,” said Zawlinski, who was happy that the weather held out. This was the brothers’ second attempt at the climb. They tried in 2004, but a snowstorm stopped them after they had reached about 10,000 feet. Zawilinksi said the rest of the climb was canceled because the weather posed a significant safety threat.

Mount Rainier is one of the most glacial mountains in the United States, meaning a large percentage of its surface area is covered with glacial ice more often than not.

Zawilinski, a 36-year-old state auditor, embarked on the trip with a hiking company called Alpine Ascents International, based in Seattle. He and Paul will climbed Rainier with a group of eight to 10 other people from all over the country and four guides.

From camp, Zawilinski said it took 7 hours to reach the summit and the whole trip took 4 days.

“It was pretty awesome,” he said. “It was sunny and nice on the hike, but cold and windy at the top.”

All in all Zawilinski only spent about 10 minutes at the top because of the cold. “It was a moment of relief and then we spent the next 10 minutes snapping as many pictures as we could before we headed back down. It was a great experience.”

What mountain is their next goal?

Zawilinski said that his brother Paul is contemplating climbing Denali in Alaska, but he himself doesn’t have any plans at the moment. “Paul will have to talk me into it if he wants me to go,” he said.

If they go, it will be quite the undertaking. Denali, better known as Mount McKinley, is highest mountain peak in North America at a height of approximately 20,320-feet.


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