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Mt. Rainier 3½ Day Summit Climb WA  •  14,410'  •  4392m
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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.

Mt. Rainier 3½ Day Summit Climb

Our 3½ Day Ingraham Glacier/Disappointment Cleaver summit program is designed for those who want a more individualized training and less hurried approach to climbing on Mt. Rainier. This program is superior to the traditional two-day climb by providing the training in more manageable sections and gives you an extra day to acclimatize to the altitude, as you ascend the mountain and enjoy the majestic alpine environment with your climbing team.

Why Choose This Program?

Our 3½ Day Ingraham Glacier/Disappointment Cleaver summit program is designed for those who want a more individualized training and less hurried approach to climbing on Mt. Rainier. This program is superior to the traditional two-day climb by providing the training in more manageable sections and gives you an extra day to acclimatize to the altitude, as you ascend the mountain and enjoy the majestic alpine environment with your climbing team.

Climbing with a 2:1 client-to-guide ratio provides a superior level of safety, education and support. Our group size is never larger than twelve (8 climbers and 4 guides).

We make use of two camps on the route: Camp Muir at 10,080ft and The Ingraham Flats at 11,000ft. These camps make for shorter climbing days and most importantly a shorter summit day due to the higher altitude of The Flats.

We maximize training by adding a half day pre-climb orientation and instructional meeting at IMG's Headquarters in Ashford, just outside the park. Learning to climb safely and efficiently continues en route during 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 summit and back.

IMG employs a light and efficient philosophy for climbing. To minimize the weight on your backs we provide shelter, stoves, fuel, cook wear and group climbing gear (ropes, pickets, shovels, etc.) for you at each camp. Climbing without these the first day (4,600 ft. of elevation gain) is a definite advantage and allows you to arrive at camp more rested for the climb ahead. We will help you review your personal climbing gear carefully prior to departure to make sure you are not carrying any unnecessary weight up the mountain. Total personal gear including filled water bottles should be approximately 35 pounds, excluding your boots and ski poles.

IMG All Women's Mt. Rainier Climb

Join us June 26-29, 2021 or August 1-4, 2021 for an all women's climb of Mt. Rainier. This program will be identical to our standard 3½ day Muir/DC Rainier summit climb. It will be led by female IMG guides, and you will be climbing in the company of other strong women with a common goal.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites. This is a basic learning climb for big glaciated mountains. Training is conducted during the pre-climb orientation and at continually throughout the climb. All that is required is good physical fitness and previous experience carrying an overnight pack. For training suggestions please review the information provided on our Training for Rainier page »

Rental Gear

Some of the more specialized gear (like plastic boots, harness, etc.) is available for rent from IMG. Please consult our Rental Page for details.

See video of an IMG Mt. Rainier Gear Check »

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