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Mt. Rainier 4½ Day DC Seminar WA  •  14,410'  •  4392m
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Mt. Rainier 4½ Day Disappointment Cleaver Seminar

Our 4½ Day Disappointment Cleaver Climb is designed for those looking to experience the elite alpine world of Mount Rainier with an additional day of preparation and training at the beginning to further set climbers up for success on summit day. We maximize training by beginning the program with a half-day instructional orientation at IMG's Headquarters in Ashford, WA, just outside Rainier National Park. The training continues with a full day of training in the Paradise area on Mt Rainier. This program has more training and skills practice than our 3½ day climbing program, giving you the opportunity to begin your summit push with training already under your belt.

While our 4½ Day Summit Climb is suitable for novice climbers with little or no previous climbing experience, this program does require adequate fitness and endurance training in order to be successful.

Why Choose This Program?

This program offers an entire extra day dedicated to learning and practicing skills. Additionally, on Rainier, we utilize a high climber-to-guide ratio (2 climbers per guide) which 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 (10,080ft) and The Ingraham Flats (11,400ft.) The use of multiple camps over a 3-day program makes for shorter climbing days and a shorter summit day from the higher elevation of The Ingraham Flats.

IMG employs a light and efficient philosophy for climbing. To minimize the weight in your packs, we provide shelter, stoves, fuel, cookware and group climbing gear (ropes, pickets, shovels, etc.) for you at each camp. Climbing without these items on the first day (nearly 5,000ft of elevation gain) allows you to arrive at camp more rested for the climb ahead. We will help you review your personal climbing gear prior to departure to make sure you are not carrying any unnecessary weight up Mt. Rainier. Total personal gear, including filled water bottles, should be approximately 40 pounds, excluding your boots and trekking poles.

Safety is our number one priority. We make no guarantees with respect to the program objectives. Many circumstances, including weather and abilities of yourself or other climbers may inhibit you from reaching the summit. Our goal is to give each of our customers the best experience we possibly can, regardless of the weather, route conditions, or time of year.

Prerequisites

The Disappointment Cleaver Route is a novice route well suited to beginners with no previous mountaineering experience. This program includes all the training you will need for a safe and successful climb of Mt. Rainier, and more. Prior experience hiking and backpacking is a plus and will allow you to focus on practicing your mountaineering skills.

While this program is suited for novice climbers, Mt. Rainier is still a strenuous climb. All participants must be in very good physical condition. For several months prior to the start of the climb, training should include many long, slow runs or hikes over hilly terrain, an hour or more in duration. Add additional weekend outings carrying a heavy pack (30-45 lbs.) up steep hills or stairs, ideally gaining 3,000 feet over 3 or more miles. Aim to move consistently at a moderate pace, with breaks approximately every hour. 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 »

 

Safety is our number one priority. We make no guarantees with respect to the program objectives. Many circumstances, including weather and abilities of yourself or other climbers may inhibit you from reaching the summit. Our goal is to give each of our customers the best experience we possibly can, regardless of the weather, route conditions, or time of year.

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