Project Description

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.

I wanted to thank you for the great trip up Rainier.  The experience of getting to climb while being taught the basics of mountaineering was exactly what we were looking for.  Thank you for making the trip one I will never forget.

Brian Thomas

A Guided Climb of Mt. Rainier with AMGA Certified Guides

Our guided climb of Mt. Rainier is led by two of our highly experienced staff members who are certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) as alpine guides, rock guides or ski mountaineering guides.  You can expect your guides to be highly trained professionals who will provide you with exceptional leadership and a quality mountain education.

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

Thanks for the climb of a lifetime!  It was truly incredible.

Jeff Borak

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.

Program Details


Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington


July 8-12, 2019 (4 1/2 days)


Beginner – Intermediate


$2000 per person

Cost includes: 4 1/2 days of instruction and guiding with AMGA certified guides; group equipment including tents, stoves, cooking pots, and fuel; technical climbing equipment; National Park campsite reservation fee; National Park entrance fee; and one night of lodging at the beautiful Copper Creek Inn the night before the climb.

Cost does not include: Transportation to Ashford, WA where the program begins, food, personal Mt. Rainier climbing pass, travel insurance, personal insurance, and personal clothing and equipment for alpine climbing (see equipment list).


Previous camping and backpacking experience required


2:1 with a maximum group size of 4 climbers and two guides

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