The treacherous trail to a bird’s-eye view of the Pacific Northwest

The life of every Coast Guardsman is filled with hills to climb, whether leaving family behind to sail the seas, taking the notoriously difficult servicewide exam to achieve lifelong career goals or being first responder on scene after a natural disaster. For a dedicated few, life comes with a few mountains too — like Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick DeBrum, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Griffin, Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Wingfield and Petty Officer 3rd class Adam Plourde, Coast Guardsmen from Sector Puget Sound in Seattle, who climbed Mount Rainier and proudly flew the Coast Guard ensign from its peak.