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In training for a Rainier summit bid later in 2012, they decided to make the short trip worthwhile by loading up their packs. It would be a life-saving decision.
The back of the truck was packed with everything they needed for a climb up to base camp — summit jackets, summit boots, tents, food.
“We over-packed entirely for a three-hour snowshoe but we were dismally low on what we needed for a blizzard,” says Johnson.
“It was barely enough to survive with.”
“The mountain doesn’t discriminate. It takes whoever — the inexperienced, the young, the old, the experienced, anybody and anyone. It just doesn’t discriminate,” she says.
They will never travel without a stove to heat water, never without a tent for shelter. They will always leave more detailed plans of their trips, rather than saying “they’ll be in the mountains.”