March 4, 2011
Note the skier... We will not be on skis on this program. (Photo by IMG Guide Chris Meder)
Have you climbed Rainier before & are you looking for a more challenging route? Well, if you’re very fit and looking to push yourself physically and technically on a non-standard route, then this is the program for you!
The crux of the route, the finger itself, is a narrow chute that necks down to a few hundred feet across. The steepest part of the chute is 40-50 degrees in angle. Above, the upper mountain eases off in angle and the final 2,000 feet are a more typical 20 degree slope. Hazards on this route include the potential for isolated rock or ice fall during warming conditions so we climb the exposed part of the chute rapidly to avoid prolonged exposure.
All participants must have prior alpine climbing experience either on Rainier or on other major glaciated peaks, and be familiar with basic mountaineering skills including cramponing in firm ice and snow conditions.
Dates: June 7-11 and June 29 – July 3
Group size: 4 climbers & 2 guides