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Which 2017 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 4-10, 2017
February 18-24, 2017
March 4-10, 2017
March 18-24, 2017
April 1-7, 2017
April 15-21, 2017

Client/Guide Ratio: 2:1
Price: $2,328
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.

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

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AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Course

December 2-4, 2016
December 16-18, 2016 (FULL)
January 27-29 , 2017
February 10-12, 2017
March 24-26, 2017

Client/Guide Ratio: 5:1
Price: $350
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 held at our Headquarters in Ashford WA, with bunkroom lodging included on site for both nights of the course and group transport into the Park for field training. (2-Day Backcountry Ski Touring Add-On available for the December 16-18 program only.)

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AIARE Avalanche Level 2 Course

January 31 - February 3, 2017

Client/Guide Ratio: 5:1
Price: $550
Days: 4

The four 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 four nights are held at our Headquarters in Ashford WA, with bunkroom lodging included for all three nights of the course and group transport into the Park for field training.

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2-Day Backcountry Ski Touring Add-on

December 19-20, 2016

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

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

Instruction in back country ski touring is offered as an add-on to select AIARE Level 1 courses. This program completes the package to start you off in the mountains with a solid set of skills to help enjoy winter conditions on your skis or snowboard. After completing the AIARE Level 1 avalanche class, you'll spend the next two days skiing out of the Paradise area and learning the latest techniques for skiing off piste and risk assessment as you travel in the backcountry with our skilled instructors.

The program follows immediately after the Dec 16-18 AIARE Level 1 course.

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Mt. Rainier Ski Traverse

April 22-27, 2017

Client/Guide Ratio: 3:1
Price: $1,590
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 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 2017

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

June 2017

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), Jun 29 - Jul 2 (FULL),

July 2017

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), 21-24 (FULL), 23-26 (FULL), 25-28 (FULL), 27-30 (FULL), Jul 29 - Aug 1 (FULL),
Jul 31 - Aug 3 (FULL; Women's Climb)

August 2017

2-5 (FULL), 4-7 (FULL), 6-9 (FULL), 10-13 (FULL), 12-15 (FULL), 14-17 (FULL), 16-19 (FULL), 18-21 (FULL), 20-23 (FULL), 24-27 (FULL), 26-29 (FULL), 28-31 (FULL), Aug 30 - Sep 2 (FULL),

September 2017

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

Client/Guide Ratio: 2:1
Price: $1,434
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 28 - June 1, 2017 (FULL)
June 5-9, 2017 (FULL)
June 10-14, 2017 (FULL)
June 18-22, 2017 (FULL)
June 26-30, 2017 (FULL)
July 1-5, 2017 (FULL)
July 9-13, 2017 (FULL)
July 17-21, 2017 (FULL)
July 22-26, 2017 (FULL)
July 30 - Aug 3, 2017 (FULL)

Client/Guide Ratio: 2:1
Price: $1,863
Days: 4½

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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Glacier Skills Seminar & Summit Climb

June 22-28, 2017
July 16-22, 2017 (FULL)
August 5-11, 2017
August 19-25, 2017

Client/Guide Ratio: Days 1-3: 4:1;  Days 4-6: 2:1
Price: $2,328
Days: 6½

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.

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Mt. Rainier Climbs with Intermediate Mountaineering Instruction

5½ Day Kautz Summit Climb

May 21-26, 2017
June 2-7, 2017
June 11-16, 2017
June 23-28, 2017
July 2-7, 2017
July 14-19, 2017
July 23-28, 2017

Client/Guide Ratio: 2:1
Price: $2,066
Days: 5½

This intermediate skills climb with mountaineering instruction is a more technically challenging program. It 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. We feel an extra day spent training on the lower slopes of the Mountain in advanced cramponing and ice axe 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.

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Fuhrer Finger Summit Climb

June 12-17, 2017
July 11-16, 2017 (2 spots open)
July 24-29, 2017

Client/Guide Ratio: 4:2
Price: $2,292
Days: 5½

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. It is a step up in length of difficulty from the Kautz climb. 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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Mountaineering Seminars and Training

Mountaineering Day School

May 26
June 16
June 19
June 29
July 20
August 3

Private schools available on request, minimum 4 participants.

Client/Guide Ratio: 5:1
Price: $213
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; proper use of crampons and how to travel safely as a member of a rope team over glaciated terrain.

Meet at 8am at IMG Headquarters in Ashford.

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Advanced Mountaineering Day School

June 30
July 21
August 4

Private schools available on request, minimum 4 participants.

Client/Guide Ratio: 5:1
Price: $213
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 27-28, 2017
June 8-9; 17-18, 2017
July 1-2; 22-23, 2017
August 5-6, 2017

Private schools available on request, minimum 4 participants.

Client/Guide Ratio: 5:1
Price: $416
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 8:00 a.m. 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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Client/Guide Ratio: 4:2
Price: $2,292
Days: 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.

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Mt. Rainier Climbs with Advanced Mountaineering Instruction

Liberty Ridge Summit Climb

May 21-26, 2017 (one spot open)
June 10-15, 2017 (one spot open)

Client/Guide Ratio: 4:2
Price: $2,292
Days: 5½

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, past participation in technical 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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