Mount Rainier - Emmons Glacier Route

Technical skills

Low

Fitness level

High

Trip length
5 days
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Price starting from
$1,950
per person, excluding flights

Overview

At 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is the highest peak in the Cascade Range and the most heavily glaciated mountain in the lower forty-eight. Rainier is a magnet for climbers of all levels who wish to experience higher altitude climbing, train for bigger peaks abroad, or simply stand on top of Washington State’s most prominent icon one time in their lives. Rainier has it all - big glaciers, big elevation gain, and a big reward. ...
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At 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is the highest peak in the Cascade Range and the most heavily glaciated mountain in the lower forty-eight. Rainier is a magnet for climbers of all levels who wish to experience higher altitude climbing, train for bigger peaks abroad, or simply stand on top of Washington State’s most prominent icon one time in their lives. Rainier has it all - big glaciers, big elevation gain, and a big reward.
On this climb we cover:
Selection and use of personal equipment, ropes, knots and harnesses
Crampon use and snow climbing techniques, ice axe positioning, and self arrest techniques
Roped glacier travel, rope team management, route finding, and crevasse navigation
Hazard assessment including a discussion of objective vs. subjective hazards
Camp construction, camp management, and cold weather camping skills.
Discussions will include proper clothing and climbing gear for survival in the high mountains, mountain weather, alpine ecology, avalanche hazard assessment, and Leave No Trace ethics

Availability

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5 days
From $1,950/day/person

Itinerary

Focus on detailed equipment discussion and gear check; an introduction to safety practices such as use of helmets, harnesses, and avalanche transceivers; route planning and preparation, instruction regarding Leave No Trace practices and environmental considerations; and a discussion/demonstration of knots, anchors and the first steps toward understanding crevasse rescue.
The hike from Paradise (5,400') to Camp Muir (10,060') is nearly 4.5 miles, and takes most of the day. As we ascend we work on the foundational skills that make us more efficient and capable climbers. 
We learn and practice various mountaineering skills throughout the week. This starts with ice axe use and cramponing techniques, and moves on to more advanced skills such as anchor placements, various self and team crevasse rescue techniques, steep technical ice climbing, belays, rappelling, knots, route finding and fixed rope travel.
On summit day we don ropes, crampons, helmets, and grab our ice axes. The route begins with a rising traverse across the Cowlitz Glacier and ascends the pumiced switchbacks of Cathedral Gap. From here, we gain the Ingraham Glacier and ascend either the Ingraham Glacier or Disappointment Cleaver routes. The steeper section of the Ingraham Headwall or Disappointment Cleaver is the physical crux of the route. After reaching the upper mountain, we ascend the higher slopes of Mt. Rainier, navigating the crevassed glaciers to reach the summit.After reaching the summit, we descend back to Camp Muir. The descent typically requires half the amount of time of the ascent but requires significant effort as we retrace our route down the mountain. The duration of the climb depends on many variables including snow conditions, the time of the year, the route conditions, the weather, and temperature among others. It is a long and challenging, but rewarding day.

Questions & Answers

This trip is open to all individuals in excellent physical condition. There are no technical climbing prerequisites to join this program.
Climbers should be in excellent physical condition.
We strongly recommend the purchase of an insurance plan to protect you from the unexpected.
Not included in cost: ;Airfare;Transportation within Seattle;$50 climber’s fee;Park entrance fee ;Hotel accommodations;Restaurant meals;Gratuities for guides;All personal items
Included in cost: Ground transportation from Seattle;All meals while on the mountain;Tents;Stoves;Cook kits;Group climbing equipment;Guide services
Trip length
5 days
choose your start date
Price starting from
$1,950
per person, excluding flights

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