September 5, 2013
The headline says it all. Our much anticipated 2014 Rainier dates are now available. Any further attempts at bribery are futile! (Note: all previous attempts at bribery were also futile.)
Let’s cut to the chase:
Winter & Denali Prep Seminars: Literally a prerequisite for Denali. 4 experienced guides, 8 climbers, 6.5 days of learning/training/climbing and generally getting your butt kicked by the winter weather. This program is for you if your eyes are on Denali or you’re just looking for a winter challenge. Included in the price of the program is lodging for your first night in Ashford and all breakfasts and dinners on the mountain. What a deal!
Kautz Route: Sweet climbs for the climber with a little (or a lot) of climbing experience. This is the best option for those who’d like to return to Rainier to attempt a different, slightly more challenging route. 1 day traversing the south side of Mt. Rainier, 1 day climbing the Turtle Snowfield, Summit day up the Kautz Ice Chute and 1 day down to the parking lot.
3.5 Day Disappointment Cleaver Route: A great introduction to Mt. Rainier and mountaineering in general. Half-day orientation and gear check. 1 day to Camp Muir (10,000ft), 1 day training at Camp Muir and moving to High Camp at the Ingraham Flats (11,000ft) and 1 summit & back down day. Heck we’ll throw in some pancakes and bacon at Camp Muir!
4.5 Day Emmons Route: Another great introduction to Mt. Rainier and mountaineering in general. Maybe just a little tougher than the 3.5 day climb but the extra day on the mountain makes up for it. 2 days to Camp Schurman (9500ft), 1 summit day and 1 day back to the trailhead. A perfect climb for the fit individual looking for a little more adventure.
Additional programs include: Little Tahoma Seminar, Glacier Skills Seminars, Mountain Day Schools, Advanced Mountain Day Schools and Crevasse Rescue schools are popular programs for climbers looking to get a grasp of the basic skills needed to pursue climbs on their own.
**Please click here to see our registration forms and process. And don’t miss our Rainier FAQ section to answer a lot of your initial question. Note: “Holds” will not be placed on any Rainier climbs.