I had never seen a glacier before, or even been above 10,000 feet, but that was no excuse for skipping out on an awesome adventure opportunity. Christine and I decided to give Mt. Rainier a shot, but since both of us were beginners in terms of mountaineering, we joined on a 6 day course through RMI, one of the major guiding companies in the US. This trip included being lowered into a crevasse during glacier rescue practice, ice cold beers on the summit of Mt. Rainier after a 1:00am start, and hanging out with a really incredible group of people from across the country (and Canada!)
After Rainier, we joined up with Doug who we met on the mountain, and headed south to Mt. Hood. Doug was working towards the 50 high points, and only had 6 to go, and this was one of them. We summited Hood, and then headed to Smith Rock out in the desert since our toes were getting a bit cold, and climbed one of the longest trad routes there, Zebra Zion, my first multipitch 5.10.
All in all, a pretty great introduction to the climbing of the Pacific Northwest. There is still tons more to explore, and I'll have to get back there soon!