Mt. Rainier – Washington, USA 4,392m / 14,411ft.

Our 4 day Mt. Rainier climb led by Garrett Madison is one of our signature summer climbs. Our team will be led by two guides and a group of four climbers and includes a introduction to mountaineering and a summit climb. Mt. Rainier is located in the the Cascade Range of Washington state at an elevation of 4392 m / 14,411 ft. As you climb this active stratovolcano you will see beautiful views over the Pacific Northwest!

2019 Departure:
  July 28 – August 02

Cost: $2,250 per person
  Deposit: $2000 to secure entire 4 member team climb
  Balance Due: 90 days prior to climb date

Itinerary:
  Day 1: Equipment check, Location TBD, Time TBD
  Day 2: Group meets at Paradise parking area and after check in with the NPS climbing rangers begins the hike to Camp Muir. Group will sleep at Camp Muir in tents.
  Day 3: Climbing skills review includes techniques for cramponing, use of the ice axe and self-arrest, rope team travel. After skills review the group will ascend to the Ingraham Flats camp to sleep in tents.
  Day 4: Summit Day: We begin before dawn and climb the Disappointment Cleaver route to the summit and return to our camp at Ingraham Flats to sleep.
  Day 5: We descend from camp to the Paradise parking area and exit Mt. Rainier National Park.
  Day 6: Contingency day for weather or other delays

Gear List:
  • Ice Axe: A short ice axe no longer than 60 cm.
  • Crampons: General mountaineering crampons
  • Trekking Poles: Adjustable poles for the trek to base camp
  • Climbing harness: An alpine climbing harness
  • Carabineers: 4 locking and 2 non locking
  • Belay / Rappel device: For rappelling or belaying climbers
  • Helmet: Must fit over a thick hat
  • Light hiking boots or trekking shoes: For the trek to base camp.
  • Mountaineering Boots: A double plastic or insulated synthetic boot.
  • Socks: Minimum 3 pair thick mountaineering socks and 3 pair liner socks
  • Short Underwear: 1 pair of synthetic short underwear
  • Long Underwear: 1-2 pair lightweight long underwear pants and shirts. 1 pair of heavy expedition weight long underwear.
  • Soft Shell Jacket: A hooded jacket
  • Soft Shell pants: For trekking and climbing
Insulated Jacket: Primaloft or Down
  • Hard Shell Jacket: To be worn in wet conditions
  • Hard Shell Pants: To be worn in wet conditions, these pants should have full side zippers.
  • Headlamp: Bring extra batteries
  • Warm Hat: A warm fleece or wool hat.
  • Balaclava: to cover your face and neck on windy days.
  • Gaitors
  • Sun hat: A baseball style sun camp.
  • Buff: 1-2 of these to wear around your neck & face to block the wind, UV rays, dust.
  • Glacier Glasses: wrap around style sunglasses with dark lenses
  • Goggles: With dark lenses.
  • Soft Shell Gloves: 1 pair
  • Shell gloves with insulated liner: 1 pair
  • Expedition Backpack: A 65+ liter internal frame back pack.
  • Sleeping Bag: Rated to at least 20 degrees. Down is preferable over synthetic.
  • Compression stuff sacks: for reducing volume for your sleeping bag and down jacket.
  • Self Inflating pad: A full length air mattress
  • Closed Cell foam pad: Full length is best
  • Headlamp: Bring a spare set of batteries
  • Cup: 16oz. minimum
  • Bowl: ½ liter minimum capacity
  • Spoon: Plastic (lexan)
  • Sunscreen: 2 tubes, SPF 40 or stronger
  • Lipscreen: 2 sticks, SPF 30 or stronger
  • Water bottles: 2 bottles with 1 liter capacity each
  • Water Purification System: Tablets or Steripen
  • Water Bottle Parkas: To keep your water from freezing
  • Pee Bottle: 1 liter capacity minimum
  • Pee Funnel: For Women
  • Knife: Optional
  • Toiletry Bag: Toothpaste, Toothbrush, baby wipes, etc.
  • Hand Sanitizer: 1 small bottle
  • Trash Compactor bags (4): To line stuff sacks and separate gear
  • Camera: lightweight with extra batteries
  • Travel Clothes: For days in Seattle.
  • Small duffel bag: to store items in the hotel
  • Small Personal First Aid Kit: Athletic tape, band aids, Ibuprofen, Moleskin, blister care products, personal medications, cough drops.
  • Medications:
    ‣ Acetazolamide (Diamox) for altitude illness
    ‣ Antibiotics such as Ciprofloxin or Azithromycin for gastro intestinal or respiratory illness
    ‣ Ibuprofen for muscle soreness
    ‣ Pepto Bismol for loose stool
    ‣ Excedrin for headaches
    ‣ Anti-nausea medications.
  • Climbing Snacks:
    ‣ Electrolyte Replacement Drink Mix: Bring a supply for 4 days such as Nuun.
    ‣ Energy Gel: Single serving gel packs such as GU, Clifshot, Powergel, etc.)
    ‣ Energy Bars: Power bar, Cliff bar, etc.
    ‣ Candy Bars: Snickers, Mars, Twix, Milky Way, etc.
    ‣ Hard Candy: 1 cup
    ‣ Crackers: 1 box

2019 Departure:
  July 28 – August 02

Cost: $2,250 per person
  Deposit: $2000 to secure entire 4 member team climb
  Balance Due: 90 days prior to climb date

Costs Include:
• Equipment check
‌• All shared equipment such as tents, stoves, ropes, etc.
• All guide fees

Not Included:
• Food on the mountain
• Transportation from Seattle to the trail head
• Wire transfer fee
• NPS climbing recovery fee ($45)
• Park entrance fee ($15 per vehicle)
• Hotels in Seattle
• Personal items (see equipment list)

Day 1: Equipment check, Location TBD, Time TBD

Day 2: Group meets at Paradise parking area and after check in with the NPS climbing rangers begins the hike to Camp Muir. Group will sleep at Camp Muir in tents.

Day 3: Climbing skills review includes techniques for cramponing, use of the ice axe and self-arrest, rope team travel. After skills review the group will ascend to the Ingraham Flats camp to sleep in tents.

Day 4: Summit Day: We begin before dawn and climb the Disappointment Cleaver route to the summit and return to our camp at Ingraham Flats to sleep.

Day 5: We descend from camp to the Paradise parking area and exit Mt. Rainier National Park.

Day 6: Contingency day for weather or other delays

• Ice Axe: A short ice axe no longer than 60 cm.
• Crampons: General mountaineering crampons
• Trekking Poles: Adjustable poles for the trek to base camp
• Climbing harness: An alpine climbing harness
• Carabineers: 4 locking and 2 non locking
• Belay / Rappel device: For rappelling or belaying climbers
• Helmet: Must fit over a thick hat
• Light hiking boots or trekking shoes: For the trek to base camp.
• Mountaineering Boots: A double plastic or insulated synthetic boot.
• Socks: Minimum 3 pair thick mountaineering socks and 3 pair liner socks
• Short Underwear: 1 pair of synthetic short underwear
• Long Underwear: 1-2 pair lightweight long underwear pants and shirts. 1 pair of heavy expedition weight long underwear.
• Soft Shell Jacket: A hooded jacket
• Soft Shell pants: For trekking and climbing
Insulated Jacket: Primaloft or Down
• Hard Shell Jacket: To be worn in wet conditions
• Hard Shell Pants: To be worn in wet conditions, these pants should have full side zippers.
• Headlamp: Bring extra batteries
• Warm Hat: A warm fleece or wool hat.
• Balaclava: to cover your face and neck on windy days.
• Gaitors
• Sun hat: A baseball style sun camp.
• Buff: 1-2 of these to wear around your neck & face to block the wind, UV rays, dust.
• Glacier Glasses: wrap around style sunglasses with dark lenses
• Goggles: With dark lenses.
• Soft Shell Gloves: 1 pair
• Shell gloves with insulated liner: 1 pair
• Expedition Backpack: A 65+ liter internal frame back pack.
• Sleeping Bag: Rated to at least 20 degrees. Down is preferable over synthetic.
• Compression stuff sacks: for reducing volume for your sleeping bag and down jacket.
• Self Inflating pad: A full length air mattress
• Closed Cell foam pad: Full length is best
• Headlamp: Bring a spare set of batteries
• Cup: 16oz. minimum
• Bowl: ½ liter minimum capacity
• Spoon: Plastic (lexan)
• Sunscreen: 2 tubes, SPF 40 or stronger
• Lipscreen: 2 sticks, SPF 30 or stronger
• Water bottles: 2 bottles with 1 liter capacity each
• Water Purification System: Tablets or Steripen
• Water Bottle Parkas: To keep your water from freezing
• Pee Bottle: 1 liter capacity minimum
• Pee Funnel: For Women
• Knife: Optional
• Toiletry Bag: Toothpaste, Toothbrush, baby wipes, etc.
• Hand Sanitizer: 1 small bottle
• Trash Compactor bags (4): To line stuff sacks and separate gear
• Camera: lightweight with extra batteries
• Travel Clothes: For days in Seattle.
• Small duffel bag: to store items in the hotel
• Small Personal First Aid Kit: Athletic tape, band aids, Ibuprofen, Moleskin, blister care products, personal medications, cough drops.
• Medications:
  ‣ Acetazolamide (Diamox) for altitude illness
  ‣ Antibiotics such as Ciprofloxin or Azithromycin for gastro intestinal or respiratory illness
  ‣ Ibuprofen for muscle soreness
  ‣ Pepto Bismol for loose stool
  ‣ Excedrin for headaches
  ‣ Anti-nausea medications.
• Climbing Snacks:
  ‣ Electrolyte Replacement Drink Mix: Bring a supply for 4 days such as Nuun.
  ‣ Energy Gel: Single serving gel packs such as GU, Clifshot, Powergel, etc.)
  ‣ Energy Bars: Power bar, Cliff bar, etc.
  ‣ Candy Bars: Snickers, Mars, Twix, Milky Way, etc.
  ‣ Hard Candy: 1 cup
  ‣ Crackers: 1 box

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