Nov 25

We are now accepting registrations for our 2014 climb of Mt. Rainier.  We will be climbing the Disappointment Cleaver Route as a small team on July 14-18, 2014.  The program emphasizes skill development and includes in-depth instruction in mountaineering skills.  For more information, visit our Mt. Rainier webpage or contact us at or 970-325-7342.

Climbing the Disappointment Cleaver Route on Mt. Rainier.

Climbing the Disappointment Cleaver Route on Mt. Rainier.

















Jul 26

We had a fantastic Mt. Rainier climb last week with every team member making it to the summit!  We climbed the Disappointment Cleaver route from a high camp at Ingraham Flats.  During our ascent we had excellent snow conditions, good weather, and our climbing teams implemented their newly learned climbing skills with precision and finesse.  Following are a few photos from the trip.

On the summit of 14,410' Mt. Rainier!

On the summit of 14,410′ Mt. Rainier!

















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Nov 28

We just received word from the National Park Service that we have been awarded a permit to offer a six day mountaineering school and summit climb on Mt. Rainier in 2012!  There is a great deal of competition for these permits so we are very pleased to have been selected for the third year in a row! Our trip will take place July 15-20 and we’ll provide instruction in basic mountaineering skills while making an ascent of the Disappointment Cleaver route.  Our group will be limited to just 4 clients in order to provide in-depth instruction and to maximize our chance of success on the summit attempt.  You can learn more on our website or feel free to call us at 970-318-1011 for more information.


A beautiful sunrise greets climbers during an ascent of Mt. Rainier.


Jul 18

The wind lashed our faces as we ascended through heavy clouds toward the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Icy gusts and crystalline rime coated our jackets with a layer of thick crust that made our movement rigid, almost robotic.  Upward progress had become difficult as the storm intensified.  We breathed hard in the thin air of 13,000 feet and our pace slowed under the weight of the effort.  As I looked at my team of climbers stretched out on the rope below, I understood the expression etched onto each face.  Would we make it?

Intensifying storm conditions on Mt. Rainier

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Jul 25

During 4 beautiful days last week, the Peak Mountain Guides 2010 Mt. Rainier Team made a strong attempt of the Emmons Glacier Route.  Despite not making it to the summit, Brian, John, Gideon, and Matt learned a great deal about mountaineering and teamwork while experiencing the magnificence of Mt. Rainier.  The weather and snow conditions were absolutely perfect for the duration of the trip, making for great views and terrific photo opportunities.  A few photos are attached below.  The good weather and snow conditions also allowed everyone to get ample practice with mountaineering skills like kicking steps in snow, ice axe self belay, ice axe self arrest, plunge stepping and glissading for descending, rope set-up with prusiks, glacier rope-team travel, alpine camping, Leave No Trace principles for an alpine environment, and other associated skills.  A few participants came to the program with little previous mountaineering experience so the educational components of the trip really helped them understand and learn the important fundamentals.

The team made two camps during the ascent, the first in Glacier Basin and the second at Camp Schurman.  On the summit attempt from Camp Schurman the team climbed about 1000′ onto The Corridor, a large passageway on the Emmons Glacier, before turning around due to fatigue and reports of high wind above.  It was a very good effort by everyone!  As famously stated by the reputable mountaineer Ed Viesturs, “the summit is optional, getting down is mandatory”.  Following this good advice, the group made a safe descent back to Camp Schurman and down to the car at the trailhead below.

Brian and John, with Brian's school flag, at our high point.

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Peak Mountain Guides staff members Angela Hawse, Geoff Unger, and Tim Brown are AMGA certified American Mountain Guides and IFMGA internationally licensed guides.

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