Mt. Rainier Summit Climb

Join us for a 4 1/2 day guided climb of Mt. Rainier via the Disappointment Cleaver Route. We offer a unique small group program that includes a full mountaineering curriculum and several possible windows for a summit attempt.

July 8-12, 2019
*2020 dates not yet available

$2,000 per person

  • Guided climb of Mt Rainier with Peak Mountain Guides
  • Guided climb of Mt Rainier on the summit
  • Guided climb of Mt. Rainier camping at Ingraham Flats


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.


Group Size

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.

Equipment List

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

Intro to Alpine Climbing

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