I will be flying into Seattle on Sept 3 and renting a car. I am from Virginia and regularly backpack the Appalachian Mountains, however, this will be my first trip to the Cascades. I plan on camping every night and have all the camping gear, but have no helmet, axe, crampons, etc. I have no set itinerary, and plan on making it to Yellowstone and Glacier N.P. after I climb a mountain or two. I have studied and practiced the alpine methods of roping and rescue from the book "Mountaineering - Freedom in the Hills, 7th edition", and feel comfortable with the information. I would like some local information:
What mountains would you recommend that I climb solo? Mt. Adams, Rainier, Hood, St.Helens, Shasta?
Recommend a fair priced, large inventory, outdoor/climbing shop in the Seattle area?
What things should I not miss while in the Northwest? Space Needle? Fish Market?