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Summer Skimo? Watch 2 Ski Mountaineers Attack, Flail on Emmons Glacier

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If you’re gonna forget your permit and your ski poles, and dry heave on a remote mountainside, the views had better be worth it.

Earlier this season, three amateur ski mountaineers attempted a summer summit of Mount Rainier’s Emmons Glacier. If it sounds daring, that’s because it is. High temps, rotten snow — it’s all suboptimal. Long story short, a heatwave stymied the trio’s initial attempt.

This video picks up 3 weeks later, when two of the original three returned for vindication. What would be thoroughly chill footage of two ski-mo buddies skinning up in the backcountry quickly devolves into a tale of type-two fun. Fast-forward to 7:40 for the humdinger: a bottomless, 15-foot-wide crevasse.

“We’re tied together with a rope to ensure our mutual destruction,” they inform us. So, at least there’s that.

Ready for some slow-burning, off-piste adventure? Take a look.

Runtime: 14 minutes

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