"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. "
Mt. Rainier Climb July 2012
"Thanks for the climb of a lifetime! It was truly incredible."
Mt. Rainier Climb July 2011
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.
Emphasis on Skill Development
Our 4 1/2 day Mt. Rainier program 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.
Rest & Acclimatization Day Optimizes Success
Our ascent of the Disappointment Cleaver route includes a layover day at Ingraham Flats to allow for proper rest and acclimatization prior to the summit attempt. It also gives us an extra day for the summit attempt if poor weather prevents our first try. During the layover day, we introduce additional skills such as crevasse rescue and anchor building so it adds value to your mountain education.