Ellensburg Men Scale Washington's Five Tallest Volcanoes in Five Days

Nick Burson, 31, and Marc McPhereson, 43—both cops in Ellensburg—summitted Adams, St. Helens, Rainier, Baker and Glacier Peak in just five days.
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Mount Baker from Shuksan

The summit of Mount Baker, seen from Mount Shuksan.

Their original plan was to climb Washington's five highest volcanoes in a week—but work and family commitments forced Nick Burson, 31, and Marc McPhereson, 43, to shorten their trip into a five-day epic that included an initial 36-hour stretch with no sleep. The whole trip took clocked in at 5 days, 15 hours and 44 minutes from the Mount Adams Trailhead to the Mount Baker parking lot; the trip was unsupported and included 1,000 miles of driving.

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