Small Group Size
We operate this guided climb of Mt. Rainier as a small group of 4 climbers and 2 guides. This low climber-to-guide ratio ensures you will get personalized instruction and coaching throughout the climb. It also maximizes our flexibility and increases each individual’s chance for success on summit day
Emphasis on Skill Development
Our 4 1/2 day guided climb of Mt. Rainier emphasizes skill development so you gain skills for confident climbing on other glaciated peaks after the program. You will learn essential mountaineering skills like map, compass, & GPS navigation; basic glaciology; glacier rope-team travel; snow and ice anchor building; small-team crevasse rescue; ice axe and crampon use; self belay and self arrest; alpine ecology and natural history; expedition camping and cooking; and Leave No Trace principles for an alpine environment. Most importantly, you will be involved in team decision making so you can apply your newly learned skills in real situations.
Additional Day Optimizes Success
This program includes an additional day at Ingraham Flats to allow for proper rest and acclimatization prior to the summit attempt. It also provides an extra day for the summit attempt if poor weather prevents our first try. This maximizes our group’s chances for reaching the summit and is a key feature of our program design.
The maximum group size is 4 climbers and two guides
Time and Place
We will meet on the first day at noon to complete our pre-trip equipment shake down.
All the technical climbing equipment required for this outing is included.
Mt. Rainier Summit Climb Equipment List (PDF)
Mt. Rainier Summit Climb Sample Itinerary (PDF)
Meal Planning for Alpine Climbing (PDF)
Prep Courses and Next Steps
In this 4 day program participants will learn skills for alpine climbing on rock, snow, and ice. The curriculum includes movement techniques for technical rock climbing, belaying, rappelling, anchor building with artificial climbing protection, self arrest and ice axe use, french technique crampon use, techniques for steep snow and ice climbing, wilderness navigation and route planning, rope-team travel, crevasse rescue, and techniques for building safe and secure alpine camps. Emphasis will be placed on decision making and understanding of techniques for application on future climbs.
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