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Which 2019 IMG Mt. Rainier Climb and Mountaineering Course is Right for You?

Please browse the list below to compare and contrast the level of mountaineering instruction and climb difficulty, expedition length, and prices of the International Mountain Guides Mt. Rainier programs and click the trip names to get more climb details. We are proud to offer among the lowest client to guide ratios available and believe this maximizes our clients' training experience and success rate. Please contact us with any questions.

What time does my climb start? Most IMG Rainier trips will meet at 2pm on the first day of your climb. Muir/DC, Kautz, Emmons, Liberty Ridge climbs, and all seminars meet at IMG HQ. The Backcountry Touring Seminar, Mountaineering Day Schools and the 2-Day Crevasse Rescue School meet at 8am at IMG HQ. Many more questions about our climbs and courses are addressed in the Rainier FAQ

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    The website availability does not operate in "real time". Changes occur regularly. Please review the schedule below and call the IMG office to verify availability before sending your application and fees.

Mt. Rainier Winter Expedition Training and Seminars

Denali Expedition Seminar & Summit Climb

February 16-22, 2019
March 2-8, 2019
March 16-22, 2019
March 30-April 5, 2019
April 13-19, 2019
April 27-May 3, 2019

Client/Guide Ratio: 2:1
Price: $2,482
Days: 6½

Training focused on preparation for an IMG expedition to Denali or other high altitude peaks. Get the best possible training necessary to participate in an expedition to Denali including ice axe arrest, cramponing, sled rigging and hauling, expedition camps, snow shelters, snow anchors, crevasse rescue and fixed ropes. This program is equally useful for those looking for a good introductory winter training seminar. February, March and April only. Includes a summit attempt as conditions allow. This program is a must for all prospective Denali climbers!

Meet at 2pm at IMG Headquarters in Ashford on Day 1.

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AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Course

December 7-9, 2018
December 28-30, 2018
January 11-13, 2019
February 8-10, 2019
February 23-25, 2019
March 9-11, 2019

Client/Guide Ratio: 5:1
Price: $450
Days: 3

Whether you are new to exploring the mountains during the winter or want to freshen up on your snow and avalanche skills, you'll find topics covered in this course tailored to the backcountry recreationist. This curriculum meets and exceeds all guidelines put forth by the American Avalanche Association's Education Committee for an Avalanche Level 1 course. All three days are based out of our Headquarters in Ashford WA, with on-site bunkroom lodging and kitchen facilities included in the price for both nights of the course. Group transport is provided into Mt. Rainier National Park for the field training.

Meet at 8am at IMG Headquarters in Ashford on Day 1.

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AIARE Avalanche Level 2 Course

January 25-27, 2019

Client/Guide Ratio: 5:1
Price: $550
Days: 3

The three day AIARE Level 2 course builds on the foundation of the AIARE Level 1 Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain. In this more advanced course we'll discuss: Being a leader within your travel group; traveling without the support of an avalanche bulletin and traveling in complex avalanche terrain. Our emphasis will be on understanding and analyzing snow stability to determine safe routes of travel to our objectives in the mountains. All three days are based out of our Headquarters in Ashford, WA, with bunkroom lodging and kitchen facilities included in the price for both nights of the course. Group transport is provided into Mt Rainier National Park for the field training.

Meet at 8am at IMG Headquarters in Ashford on Day 1.

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AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

December 1, 2018
December 15, 2018
January 5, 2019
January 24, 2019
February 2, 2019

Client/Guide Ratio: 5:1
Price: $200
Days: 1

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day course that focuses on the basics of companion rescue for new students. Returning participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills. This program is intended to be retaken every other year or so to keep up on best practices in rescue techniques and gear. The Avalanche Rescue Course is a prerequisite of the AIARE Level 2 Course. Each student will receive professional coaching on their rescue skills, and will receive a rescue card acknowledging the completion date.

Group transport is provided into Mt Rainier National Park for the field training. Meet at 8am at IMG Headquarters in Ashford.

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2-Day Backcountry Ski Touring Add-on

December 10-11, 2018

Private programs available on your schedule for groups of 2 or more

Client/Guide Ratio: 3:1
Price: $500
Days: 2

IMG's instruction in back country ski touring, offered as an add-on to our AIARE Level 1 course is the complete package to start you off with the right set of skills to enjoy the winter mountains on your skis or snowboard. After completing the entire AIARE Level 1 avalanche class, you'll spend the next two days skiing out of the Paradise area learning the latest techniques and safe travel in the backcountry with our skilled instructors.

The program follows the December 7-9, 2018 AIARE Level 1 Course.

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Mt. Rainier Ski Traverse

April 21-26, 2019

Client/Guide Ratio: 3:1
Price: $1,695
Days: 5½

Come join us for an unforgettable ski and ski mountaineering training experience. It is not an exaggeration to say that Mt. Rainier has some of the world's finest alpine ski mountaineering terrain. You will be training and skiing on a wide variety of fantastic terrain including glaciers, chutes, and long descents during the course of a full south to north traverse across the lower flanks of Mt. Rainier from Paradise to the Carbon River Entrance below 10,000 feet. Programs are guided by our AMGA certified ski guides.

Meet at 2pm at IMG Headquarters in Ashford on Day 1.

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Mt. Rainier Climbs with Basic Mountaineering Instruction

3½-Day Muir/DC Summit Climb
May 2019

4-7, 6-9, 8-11, 10-13, 12-15, 14-17, 16-19 (FULL), 18-21, 20-23, 22-25 (FULL), 24-27 (FULL), 26-29 (FULL), 28-31 (FULL), May 30 - June 2 (FULL)

June 2019

1-4 (FULL), 3-6 (FULL), 5-8 (FULL), 7-10 (FULL), 9-12 (FULL), 11-14 (FULL), 13-16 (FULL), 15-18 (FULL), 17-20 (FULL), 19-22 (FULL), 21-24 (FULL), 23-26 (FULL), 27-30 (FULL; Women's climb), Jun 29 - Jul 2 (FULL)

July 2019

1-4 (FULL), 3-6 (FULL), 5-8 (FULL), 7-10 (FULL), 9-12 (FULL), 11-14 (FULL), 13-16 (FULL), 15-18 (FULL) 19-22 (FULL), 21-24 (FULL), 23-26 (FULL), 25-28 (FULL) 27-30 (FULL), Jul 29 - Aug 1 (FULL), Jul 31 - Aug 3 (FULL)

August 2019

2-5 (FULL), 4-7 (FULL), 8-11 (FULL), 10-13 (FULL), 12-15 (FULL), 14-17 (FULL), 16-19 (FULL), 18-21 (FULL), 22-25 (FULL), 24-27 (FULL), 26-29 (FULL), 28-31 (FULL), Aug 30 - Sep 2 (FULL)

September 2019

1-4 (FULL), 3-6 (one spot open), 5-8, 7-10, 9-12 (FULL), 11-14 (FULL), 13-16 (FULL), 15-18 (2 spots open), 17-20, 19-22, 21-24, 23-26, 25-28, 27-30

Client/Guide Ratio: 2:1
Price: $1,531
Days: 3½

This basic mountaineering climb and instruction program is designed for those who want more individualized training and a less hurried approach to climbing Mt. Rainier. We enhance our training curriculum by adding a half day pre-climb orientation and instructional meeting at IMG's Headquarters in Ashford, just outside the park. Training and skills instruction continues throughout each day of the ascent. This increases acclimatization, minimizes total days for the trip and allows for training to be conducted on the mountain in real conditions all the way to the summit and back. Three full days are spent on the mountain for maximum acclimatization and a more enjoyable experience. Packs are lighter because of the fixed camps and minimal group gear to carry. Expect a 35-40 pound pack.

Meet at 2pm at IMG Headquarters in Ashford for initial group training and orientation on the starting date.

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4½ Day Emmons Summit Climb

May 25-29, 2019 (FULL)
June 2-6, 2019 (FULL)
June 10-14, 2019 (FULL)
June 15-19, 2019 (FULL)
June 23-27, 2019 (FULL)
July 1-5, 2019 (FULL)
July 6-10, 2019 (FULL)
July 14-18, 2019 (FULL)
July 22-26, 2019 (FULL)
July 27-31, 2019 (FULL)

Client/Guide Ratio: 2:1
Price: $1,988
Days: 4½

The 4½ Day Emmons glacier climb is another excellent basic mountaineering training program suitable for first time climbers in good physical shape. It is recommended for anyone desiring a complete mountain experience in a more remote alpine environment, away from the greater crowds found on the south side of the mountain. A more self-sufficient climbing experience with all gear carried by the group, but all the advantages of IMG's 2:1 guide ratio. Expect to carry a 50+ pound pack and enjoy a beautiful and scenic route. We enhance the training curriculum by adding a half day pre-climb orientation and instructional meeting at IMG's Headquarters in Ashford, just outside the park. Training and skills instruction continues throughout each day of the ascent.

Meet at 2pm at IMG headquarters on Day 1.

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Glacier Skills Seminar & Summit Climb

June 22-28, 2019
July 14-20, 2019
August 3-9, 2019
August 17-23, 2019

Client/Guide Ratio: Days 1-3: 4:1;  Days 4-6: 2:1
Price: $2,482
Days: 6½

The "high end" IMG training program. Includes standard glacier training and expedition camping with a focus on improving technical skills including ascending steeper snow and ice slopes, route finding and glacier travel. Three nights are spent on the lower glaciers of the mountain, starting at 6,000 feet and moving up to approximately 8,000 feet. One night is spent at Camp Muir at 10,000 feet and a high camp at the Ingraham Flats, 11,000 feet. Specific training is conducted at each location. Training throughout the program focuses on developing climbing skills, safe travel in the mountains, and self-rescue skills. Summit attempt included.

Meet at 2pm at IMG Headquarters in Ashford on Day 1.

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Mt. Rainier Climbs with Intermediate Mountaineering Instruction

Kautz Summit Climbs

4½ Day Kautz Summit Climb:
May 27-31, 2019
June 8-12, 2019
June 17-21, 2019
June 29 - July 3, 2019

5½ Day Kautz Summit Climb:
July 7-12, 2019
July 19-24, 2019
July 28 - August 2, 2019

Client/Guide Ratio: 2:1
4½ Day: $1,988
5½ Day: $2,204
Days: 4½ or 5½

4½ Day Climb: This intermediate skills climb with mountaineering instruction is the next step up from the standard Camp Muir/DC and Emmons glacier climbs. It involves carrying all gear up the mountain, setting up two camps as the team moves into position for a summit attempt. This is a more technically challenging program, ascending the Kautz Glacier route in peak summer conditions and is for people in excellent condition who have previous climbing experience, are looking to enhance their skills, and are seeking a greater summit day challenge. The program training curriculum is comprehensive and continuous, but previous cramponing practice on steep glacier ice is required as is a previous successful climb of Mt. Rainier or other similar glaciated peak.

The program is run from late May to early July only, when early summer snow conditions prevail. The crux of the route on summit day has several rope lengths of steeper snow with possible exposed sections of glacier ice. You are responsible for one night of lodging in Ashford, after the ½ day orientation on day one.

5½ Day Climb: To the 4½ Day Kautz Climb, we add the Advanced Mountaineering Day School into the trip itinerary to better set up the group for success on the summit day. We feel an extra day spent training on the lower slopes of the mountain in advanced cramponing and ice axe technique is instrumental in preparing the team with the skills they will need to ascend the firm glacier conditions found later in the summer. You are responsible for two nights of lodging in Ashford, after the ½ day orientation on day one and after skills training on day two.

For either option, meet at 2pm at IMG Headquarters in Ashford on Day 1.

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Fuhrer Finger Summit Climb

May 19-24, 2019
June 2-7, 2019
June 27 - July 2, 2019

Client/Guide Ratio: 2:1 (max 4 climbers)
Price: $2,445
Days: 5½

The Fuhrer Finger climb is an excellent choice for an intermediate level climb and mountaineering training curriculum. This program is only for those with prior alpine climbing experience looking for a more challenging route and skills training on Mt. Rainier. The steeper section of the route is longer in length than on the Kautz climb, but about the same in technical difficulty. Previous alpine climbing experience on major glaciated peaks and basic mountaineering skills including cramponing in firm ice and snow conditions are required. Each climb is limited to 4 climbers and 2 guides for the very best in customer attention. The five day schedule (all on the mountain) allows time for honing skills, a high camp set up at the top of the Finger at 11,000 feet or higher and maximum enjoyment of the climb to the summit.

Meet at 2pm at IMG Headquarters in Ashford on Day 1.

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Mountaineering Seminars and Training

Mountaineering Day School

May 17, 2019
May 24, 2019
June 14, 2019
July 4, 2019
July 25, 2019
August 8, 2019
August 21, 2019

Private schools available on request, minimum 4 participants.

Client/Guide Ratio: 5:1
Price: $231
Days: 1

A great introduction to basic glacier travel skills. You'll learn proper handling of an ice axe; practice self-arrest and team arrest; learn to climb in balance up and down steeper slopes; crampon techniques and efficient travel as a member of a rope team over glaciated terrain. Plus, how helmets, climbing harness, climbing rope, crampons and ice axe are used properly and safely.

Meet at 8am at IMG Headquarters in Ashford.

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Advanced Mountaineering Day School

July 5, 2019
July 26, 2019
August 9, 2019
August 22, 2019

Private schools available on request, minimum 4 participants.

Client/Guide Ratio: 5:1
Price: $231
Days: 1

A continuation of the MDS to include steeper angle cramponing skills: flat footed French technique, front pointing, standing in balance on crampons and efficient movement over steeper terrain. Use of ice axe for traction and support. Anchor construction on snow and glacier ice. Belaying, rope and anchor management, rappelling and lowering.

Note that training conditions on the lower mountain vary throughout the season. The program will adjust to take best advantage of the current conditions.

Meet at 8am at IMG Headquarters in Ashford.

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2-Day Crevasse Rescue School

May 18-19, 2019
May 25-26, 2019
June 15-16 , 2019
July 6-7, 2019
July 27-28 , 2019
August 10-11, 2019
August 23-24, 2019

Private schools available on request, minimum 4 participants.

Client/Guide Ratio: 5:1
Price: $447
Days: 2

A comprehensive introduction to climbing skills: knots, rope work, self-rescue, anchors, crevasse rescue. We believe this is the most comprehensive crevasse rescue course available in the U.S.

Meet at 8am at IMG Headquarters in Ashford.

The first day is conducted at Headquarters. The second day is conducted on the mountain. Participants are responsible for their own overnight lodging. IMG has an inexpensive and convenient tent camp on site.

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5 ½ Day Little Tahoma Mountaineering Seminar

June 16-21, 2019
July 7-12, 2019

Client/Guide Ratio: 2:1 (max 4 climbers)
Price: $2,445
Days: 5 ½

Similar in content to our Glacier Skills Seminar, but with a different ultimate objective. The seminar is a small team format, four climbers and two guides. The program is far from the normally traveled routes, crossing over two glacier systems en route to a summit of Little Tahoma, 11,138', the third highest peak in Washington State. The seminar incorporates all of the normal seminar training including roped glacier travel, climbing skills, route finding and rescue training. Summit day on Little T includes a final rock scramble to the pinnacle of the peak, with an awe inspiring close up view of the east side of Mt. Rainier.

Meet at 2pm at IMG Headquarters in Ashford on Day 1.

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Mt. Rainier Climbs with Advanced Mountaineering Instruction

Liberty Ridge Summit Climb

May 12-17, 2019
June 2-7, 2019 (one spot open)

Client/Guide Ratio: 2:1 (max 4 climbers)
Price: $2,445
Days: 5½

Liberty Ridge is our most advanced climb and mountaineering instruction program. It is the most technical and physically demanding guided route on Mt. Rainier, and a classic. Each climb is limited to 4 climbers and 2 guides. Previous technical ice climbing skills, up to WI 3; past participation in technical multi pitch steep snow/ice climbs and excellent stamina are required for this program.

Meet at 2pm at IMG Headquarters in Ashford on Day 1.

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All prices quoted above include Mount Rainier Climbing Pass, Park Entrance Fee and shuttle service from IMG Ashford HQ in and out of the Park.

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