June 27 – July 1, 2022
The Kautz involves a bit of easy ice climbing (WI2-3), scrambling, glacier travel, and steep snow climbing.
$2,300 per person
Learn glacier travel, technical snow climbing & ice climbing on a classic expedition
The Kautz route is the best route on Rainier if you want a more technical challenge than the Disappointment Cleaver or Ingraham Glacier.
The WI3 ice climbing section of this climb is possible to do with minimal ice climbing experience with the help of a guide. Which makes the route perfect for learning technical ice climbing and steep snow climbing on an expedition.
With nearly 9000 ft of elevation gain reaching a 14,410 ft summit over four days, a high level of fitness is required. You must be in good enough shape to carry an expedition pack (40-45-lbs) by the time of the trip.
The Kautz route is the only route we guide on Rainier because we believe it’s a perfect training ground for bigger glaciated alpine objectives.
On the Kautz, you will learn essential mountaineering skills required for glacier travel. With 1 on 1 mentorship from experienced Peak Mountain Guides.
Glacier travel skills:
Expedition & mountaineering skills:
Despite being a guided trip, you will be involved in the team as a partner allowing you to apply these skills, under guidance, in real situations.
We exclusively operate our guided climb of the Kautz route as a small group for the greatest chance of success.
This low climber-to-guide ratio maximizes the chance for success on summit day and ensures you will get ample time for personalized instruction and coaching throughout the climb.
On Rainier, groups from the same company of over 10 clients and 5 guides moving as one large unit is not uncommon.
With Peak, this is not your run-of-the-mill Mt. Rainier trip. We only run the Kautz route with a low ratio group of 4 guests and 2 guides.
The Peak Guide House
311 Main Street | Ouray CO 81427
Peak Mountain Guides, LLC
160 Liddell St. #C3 | Ridgway CO 81432
PO Box 2051 | Ridgway CO 81432