Al claims the first failure on Glacier Peak's South Ridge by a Pembroke Welsh corgi without supplemental oxygen.  We could have done it easily had we been willing to walk the glacier unroped -- as many do -- but Al doesn't do glaciers unroped.  As he points out, "Nobody falls into a crevasse that they can see."  So 9200' is his high point.  Al is inspired by Sirowan's Goro, who has climbed Fuji, over 12,000':

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT0FWcjoJOM

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It always helps to be good lookin' (so I've heard, anyway).  And it never hurts to smile:

Foam Basin, prime sheep (over-)grazing land early in the last century:

Approaching on what's left of the White Chuck Glacier:

Sunset from camp.  Had to pitch the tent to keep out the starlight.

Find the corgi in this picture (our camp is off-screen to the upper right):

We went up that ridge in the center but quit halfway up.  We could've done it, but it didn't look like much fun for Al:

View east.  Gwynnie has climbed Fortress.  Al has climbed Buck and slept on Maude:

Camp 2, with our failed objective in the background.  This is on an old sheep-herding trail.  Perhaps Al senses kindred spirits long passed:

From Portal Peak at Red Pass, we looked back on our journey:

Portal peak summit, an afterthought:

Why do we not want to go home?

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Comment by Geri & Sidney on September 30, 2012 at 2:09am

Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your adventures with us, John.

Comment by Kathy Losacco on September 28, 2012 at 9:25am

I pass by the Columbia Store in Seattle often in the mornings on the way to work and one of the posters on their windows proclaims that "The Path to Success is paved with trying".  So, I have no doubt, that Al will make it one day.

We made it up Dickerman.

Comment by Keri&Merlin(Judy&Alan's Pups) on September 27, 2012 at 9:52pm
We think We're doing good with 5 mile hikes in the Sierras,walking on granite boulders the size of busses.You have Us looking like couch potatoes :)!Great pics again.Thanx for sharing!
Comment by Teresa Gilpin on September 27, 2012 at 5:19pm

Your corgis are so gorgeous and they live a life most of us (especially in Texas), could only dream of! 

Comment by Bev Levy on September 27, 2012 at 4:24pm

Not failed just too smart to do it that time...

Comment by Yuki & Ellie on September 27, 2012 at 4:19pm

Your posts never cease to amaze me, John.  I truly envy the adventures that you, Al and Gwynnie are able to share.  Great job by both, even if you didn't quite make it to the top!

Comment by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on September 27, 2012 at 4:11pm

Failed attempt or not, Al continues to be the definition of "awesome" in the Corgi world.

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