Torklift has arrived to the top of Mt. Rainier!

Torklift International President Jack Kay and Assistant Marketing Director Sheryl Bushaw embarked on their journey to the highest peak of Mount Rainier on Sunday.

The climbing duo made it to the top Tuesday morning alerting everyone of their triumph via a message from their satellite phone: 

At the top of the mountain

Kay and Bushaw began their final ascent to the top shortly after midnight on Monday. They crawled across crevasses using aluminum ladders in the dark of the night. The crevasses loomed below them hundreds of feet in depth while they used mere flashlights to light the way.

Climbing up the mountain

The Torklift team will be meeting Kay and Bushaw at Paradise Trail Head this afternoon to welcome them down from the mountain.

Prior to the final climb to the top, they rested at what is known as Base Camp Two, a whopping elevation of 11,500 feet. The total elevation of the mountain is 14,411 feet. Upon reaching Base Camp Two, they went to sleep at roughly 6 p.m. in preparation for waking up at 1 a.m. to complete the climb. They slept on ice glaciers in tents.

Prior to turning in for the night, Kay shared a few thoughts about the climb:

“We are heading to bed now for a 1a.m. wake-up call and the start of our 14 hour ascent and descent back down to Paradise Trail Head. Guides gave several warnings about points to turn around and go back down. We already have one person on our team that has decided they have had enough adventure and will be remaining at base camp two with one of our five guides. Our lead guide said we need a minimum of two guides to summit. I have spent a lot of time thinking about why I am doing this...

At first it was an exciting adventure celebrating 40 years in business. Then it became something I needed to prove to myself as I trained for so many months.

Now though, it is completely carrying the hearts, souls and dreams of my team Torklift, God willing, to the summit and back.

It is not just the highest point I have ever been but the highest honor to make what is certainly the most epic adventure a reality for my team.”

-Torklift International President Jack Kay

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Meet a real Mountain Man... by Torklift Jen

“Go find the Mountain Man.”  That term was used to describe Casey Cotter, our lead engineer, and master behind so many of Torklift’s innovations.

He’s the real deal, and can be found on weekends out in nature thinking up brilliant ideas to make camping easy and possible for people like me.

Where he could “MacGuyver” an instant wiring fix to keep the batteries charged all night, I need a plug in harness and hopefully a switch labeled boldly off and on.

Where I think it would be genius to use duct tape for an easy fix.  He can engineer real lab tested performance solutions to everyday camping needs and problems.

Where he could survive on the land for days, I panic if all the fixin’s for s’mores aren’t in the cooler.

Where he could have made Eagle Scout, I quit the Brownie troop when I learned it wasn’t all about the chocolatey treat.

Where he could tell you if your GAWR is in line with your GVWR and your GCVWR is within your GTWR and GVWR, and your TW better not be over 10% of your GTW and you’re gonna need WD.  I would say,  “That’s a big RV.”

Casey can directly answer the, “call of the wild,” where my call needs operator assistance and sometimes goes to voice mail.

I can learn a lot from Casey Cotter.

Oh no, he is wearing his camouflage hat again, I think he sees me coming for some more advice.

Casey’s Torklift invention of choice: StableLoads suspension upgrade


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Dog Days of Summer... by Torklift Jen

66056_105774042821964_1828172_nThis term has been used as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans for the hottest days of the year.

It has an astronomical link to the rising of the star Sirius which is called the “dog star. “ This happens with the time of the year that usually coincides with the warmest days.

It is also used to describe those lazy days that also occur when the weather outside is so hot that we don’t feel like doing anything.

As it happens, I recently shared the dog days of summer with a dog.

I was lucky enough to get to take a good dog friend on a camping trip and that provided some additional meaning to these long hot days.

As a cat owner, I’ll admit that I was in a dog daze.


There were things that I just couldn’t understand, like how they hate when you try to cool them off with a fan or use the blow dryer after a bath.  Yet, they want to stick their head out the window going 60 MPH, no problem.

Or, how the doggie area at the highway rest stop seemed to be the highlight of the trip.  All the smells and activity, the dog was possessed.

We tried to stay hydrated with lots of bottled water, but on hikes he was much more interested in natural streams and ponds.  I am sure that there were little critters in the water that would have made me sick for a week, but I heard no complaints of doggie indigestion.

However, being locked together in tight quarters for the night, especially after rich camping grub, the aroma that evening could have been from anyone.

I was also surprised at how friendly and happy the dog remained, no matter what.  I couldn’t tell if he was panting because of the heat or the excitement, but his tail was wagging constantly.

Do dogs not hold grudges?

When my kitty sees the camping equipment coming out she runs and hides.  She hasn’t forgiven me for the one time we tried to go camping.

Of course it takes a lot of extra planning and mutual understandings to provide a safe and fun trip for all.  We had a blast riding out the last of the dog days of summer together.

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