Covid-19 Notice for 2021 Rainier Programs
While we are certainly planning for several eventualities, our working plan for 2021 will be based on the assumption that Covid-19 is still prevalent. We will move forward under similar protocols implemented during 2020, and plan to run all Rainier programs in 2021 with the exception of the Little Tahoma Seminar. There are some notable changes to the way we've traditionally ran our programs as listed below:
- We will not be providing meals on our climbs in 2021. We hope this changes so we can get back to serving our world-famous Camp Muir Burritos! Please see our food suggestions page for additional details.
- We plan on providing transportation from IMG HQ to/from the trailhead. However, this may not be feasible under Covid-19 protocols. We're working on alternative options and will keep all registered climbers updated on any changes to this plan.
- We will provide single tents to all climbers unless you are members of the same household wishing to share a tent.
- We will require a cloth facemask during the first ½ day orientation and in IMG vehicles.
Naturally people will want to know our 2021 Covid-19 cancellation policy. For 2021, funds from any National Park Service, WA State mandated or IMG directed Covid-19 related cancelled programs, will be to carried over to the same program and same or closest date in 2022. Short of an NPS, WA State or IMG directed cancellation, our no refund policy remains in place. Note that if your 2020 program was rescheduled by IMG, and is rescheduled again in 2021 due to Covid-19, you will have the option to carry your funds over to 2022, or be issued a refund.
Additionally, we will defer accepting reservations for pre-climb tent lodging at IMG Headquarters until April 1, 2021, when we will have more current information on the status of COVID and any impact it may have on operations for the season.
As is the case with all things Covid-19, we will remain as flexible, communicative and as transparent as possible in these unprecedented times.
Advanced Mountaineering Day School
The Advanced Mountaineering Day School (AMDS) is an introductory follow up climbing course that teaches additional (and more technical) skills essential for climbing Mt. Rainier and other alpine climbs. The primary focus is preparing climbers for harder glacier/alpine routes like the Kautz Glacier and Liberty Ridge as a participant on a guided climb. It is not sufficient training to allow you to climb on your own. The AMDS is a full day of learning and practicing climbing techniques which include ascending and descending steeper glacier snow and ice of up to 40-50 degrees in angle; following on multi-pitch belayed climbs; anchor construction; anchor management; rappelling, lowering down steep pitches in descent and use of technical ice tools as conditions permit.
The school normally takes place on the lower Nisqually Glacier, an hour and a half hike from Paradise. In early season, when the glacier ice is still buried in snow, the school may be held closer to Paradise on appropriate slopes. We'll spend all day becoming familiar with advanced climbing skills. It is highly recommended that participants combine this day of training with the Mountaineering Day School (MDS) as the AMDS builds on skills taught during the MDS.
Why Choose This Program?
The Advanced Mountaineering Day School takes students beyond the basic glacier skills set to travel on steeper glacier snow and ice. This course was specifically designed with the Kautz Glacier, Fuhrer Finger and Liberty Ridge routes in mind, but it is a good review for those planning to climb on their own or who feel the need for additional advanced training.
The AMDS is a hands on course which allows a substantial amount of time to practice skills before getting on a climb of Rainier or other glaciated peaks. It also serves as an excellent review for those with past climbing experience who have not worked on their skills lately.