International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Mt. Rainier Instructional Climbs and Courses

Mt Rainier Climb
International Mountain Guides climbers on the summit of Mt Rainier. Photo by Jason Edwards
 

Which 2015 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 2 pm on the first day of your climb. Muir/DC, Kautz, Emmons, Liberty Ridge climbs, and all seminars meet at IMG HQ. The 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
IMG Rainier Program Client/Guide Ratio Price Total Days Program Description
AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Course

December 19-21, 2014
January 16-18, 2015
February 13-15, 2015
March 13-15, 2015

Private Level 1 Courses available upon request.

5:1 $325 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.

Backcountry Ski Touring Seminar

January 3-8, 2015

5:1 $1500 5 ½

IMG's Combined Backcountry Travel/AIARE Level 1 course is the complete package to set you off into the mountains with the right set of skills to enjoy the winter mountains on your skis or snowboard. During the course you'll cover the entire AIARE Level 1 avalanche class with ample opportunities to practice your new skills.

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

Winter Expedition Ascent
February 7-13, 2015
February 21-27, 2015
2:1 $1950

Training focused on winter climbing and Denali skills based out of our hut at Camp Muir. There is a strong focus on avalanche hazard evaluation. The goal is a winter ascent of Rainier, but it is an elusive prize. This is the perfect training for any high altitude, cold weather expedition. Mt. Rainier in mid-winter is the ultimate challenge! Includes a summit attempt as conditions allow.

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

Denali Expedition Seminar & Summit Climb
March 7-13, 2015
March 21-27, 2015
April 4-10, 2015
April 18-24, 2015
2:1 $1950

Training focused on preparation for an 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. March and April only. Includes a summit attempt as conditions allow.

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

Mt. Rainier Ski Traverse
April 14-19, 2015
3:1 $1500

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 traverse across the lower flanks of Mt. Rainier 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
IMG Rainier Program
(Click trip name for details)
Client/Guide Ratio Price Total Days Program Description
3½-Day Muir/DC Summit Climb
May 2015
11-14, 13-16, 15-18, 17-20, 19-22, 21-24, 23-26, 25-28, 27-30,
May 29 - Jun 1, May 31 - Jun 3
June 2015
2-5, 4-7 (FULL), 6-9, 8-11,
10-13 (2 spots open), 12-15,
14-17 (2 spots open), 16-19, 18-21 (FULL), 20-23 (FULL), 22-25 (FULL), 24-27 (FULL), 26-29 (FULL), Jun 28 - Jul 1 (FULL), Jun 30 - Jul 3 (FULL)
July 2015
4-7 (FULL), 8-11 (FULL), 10-13 (FULL), 12-15 (FULL), 14-17 (FULL), 16-19 (FULL), 18-21 (FULL), 20-23 (FULL), 26-29 (FULL), 28-31 (1 spot open) (FULL)
August 2015
1-4 (FULL), 3-6 (FULL),
7-10 (FULL), 9-12 (FULL), 11-14 (FULL), 15-18 (FULL), 17-20 (FULL), 19-22 (FULL), 21-24 (FULL), 23-26 (FULL), 25-28 (FULL),
Aug 29 - Sep 1 (FULL),
Aug 31 - Sept 3 (FULL)
September 2015
2-5 (2 spots open), 4-7, 6-9, 8-11, 10-13 (2 spots open), 12-15 (FULL), 14-17, 16-19, 18-21, 20-23, 22-25, 24-27, 26-29
2:1 $1353

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
June 6-10, 2015
June 14-18, 2015 (1 spot open)
June 22-26, 2015 (1 spot open)
June 27 - July 1, 2015 (FULL)
July 13-17, 2015 (FULL)
July 18-22, 2015 (FULL)
July 26-30, 2015 (FULL)
August 3-7, 2015 (FULL)
August 8-12, 2015 (FULL)
2:1 $1759

The 4½ Day Emmons glacier climb is another excellent basic mountaineering training program. It is recommended for anyone desiring a less-rushed summit 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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Mt. Rainier Climbs with Intermediate Mountaineering Instruction
IMG Rainier Program Client/Guide Ratio Price Total Days Program Description
4½ Day Kautz Summit Climb
June 8-12, 2015
June 20-24, 2015
June 29 - July 3, 2015
2:1 $1759

This intermediate climb with mountaineering instruction is a more technically challenging program. It is for people in good condition who have previous climbing experience; are looking to enhance their skills; and are seeking a greater summit day challenge. The en route training curriculum is comprehensive and continuous, but previous cramponing practice on moderately steep glacier ice is required. For a refresher, or to learn additional new skills, we highly recommend the optional Mountaineering Day School, the Advanced Mountaineering Day School or the Crevasse Rescue School, which are often offered as refresher options prior to the scheduled dates of the Kautz Summit Climb.

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

5½ Day Kautz EX Summit Climb
July 10-15, 2015
July 19-24, 2015
July 31 - Augist 5, 2015
August 9-14, 2015
2:1 $1951

This intermediate climb with mountaineering instruction is enhanced by an expanded training curriculum. During midsummer conditions when the crux of the Kautz route has a longer section of exposed, 40-50 degree glacier ice, we feel an extra day spent training on the lower glacier in advanced cramponing technique is required to get the team all climbing with the same skills. We add the Advanced Mountaineering Day School into the trip itinerary to better set up the group for success on the summit day. 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.

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

Fuhrer Finger Summit Climb
June 13-18, 2015 (2 spots open)
June 30 - July 5, 2015 (1 spot open)
July 12-17, 2015
4:2 $2165

The Fuhrer Finger climb is another good 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. 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. 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 and maximum enjoyment of the climb to the summit.

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

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Mt. Rainier Climbs with Advanced Mountaineering Instruction
IMG Rainier Program Client/Guide Ratio Price Total Days Program Description
Liberty Ridge Summit Climb
May 24-29, 2015 (FULL)
June 14-19, 2015 (FULL)
4:2 $2165

This is our advanced level 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 and excellent stamina are required for this program.

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

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Mountaineering Seminars and Training Courses
IMG Rainier Program Client/Guide Ratio Price Total Days Program Description
Glacier Skills Seminar & Summit Climb
June 29 - July 5, 2015
July 19-25, 2015
August 10-16, 2015
August 24-30, 2015
Days 1-3: 4:1
Days 4-6: 2:1
$2,199

The "high end" IMG training program. Includes standard seminar training with a focus on more ice climbing, route finding and glacier travel. Three nights spent on lower glaciers, then one night at Muir, one night at Ingraham Flats. Training focused on developing climbing skills, ice climbing, and crevasse rescue. Summit attempt included.

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

5 ½ Day Little Tahoma Mountaineering Seminar

July 5-10, 2015
July 25-30, 2015

4:2 $2165 5 ½

Similar in content to our "high end" Glacier Skills Seminar, but with more adventure. The seminar is a small team format, four climbers and two guides. The program is far from the standard route, traveling over several glacier systems en route to a summit of Little Tahoma, 11,138', the third highest peak in Washington State. The seminar includes all of the normal seminar training including a focus on glacier ice climbing, rescue training, route finding and roped glacier travel.

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

Mountaineering Day School

May 2015: 29
June 2015: 5, 12, 25
July 2015: 10, 23

Private schools available on request, minimum 4 participants.

5:1 $197 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; proper use of crampons and how to travel safely as a member of a rope team over glaciated terrain.

Meet at 8:00am at IMG Headquarters in Ashford.

Advanced Mountaineering Day School

June 2015: 19, 26
July 2015: 24, 31

Private schools available on request, minimum 4 participants.

5:1 $197 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 8:00am at IMG Headquarters in Ashford.

2-Day Crevasse Rescue School

May 2015: 30-31
June 2015: 6-7; 13-14; 20-21; 27-28
July 2015: 11-12; 25-26
August 2015: 1-2

Private schools available on request, minimum 4 participants.

5:1 $389 2

A comprehensive introduction to climbing skills: knots, rope work, self-rescue, anchors, crevasse rescue. We at IMG feel this is the most comprehensive crevasse rescue course available.

Meet at 8:00am 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.

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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