IMG Rainier Denali Seminar Itinerary
Day 1 Meet at IMG Ashford Headquarters (directions) at 2:00 p.m. This pre-climb meeting of 4-5 hours is instrumental in getting the team outfitted, informed, packed and educated prior to departure the following morning. Topics to be covered include an introduction of the entire team, an introduction to Mt. Rainier National Park, its mission and ecology as well as a safety briefing. Review personal clothing and equipment. Review food and gear and sort loads. Demonstration of rigging and loading sleds and expedition packs. Practice basic knots and construct prussik slings. Practice self rescue with both prussiks and mechanical ascenders. Learn standard operation of avalanche transceivers. Review of additional critical climbing skills. Lodging on this night is not included.
Day 2 Meet at IMG Headquarters at 8:00 a.m. Load up the IMG van and depart for Paradise (5,400 ft.). The group will don snowshoes, full packs, and haul sleds up to the first camp site. The team will learn to set up a winter camp with tents and a cook kitchen. As time allows the group will practice use of avalanche transceivers.
Day 3 Training day. Your guides will determine the curriculum for the day based on current conditions. A few examples may include ice axe arrest, cramponing, and glacier travel. As weather allows, today may also be used as a carry day, meaning you may carry a load higher on the mountain to where your next camp will be, leave the load there, and move to that camp the following day. The exact location of this camp is highly variable and will be determined by your guides based on current conditions.
Day 4 The goal for today is to move higher on the mountain. You'll pack up and load the sleds and move up to your next camp. Once camp is set up, additional training opportunities will be explored in the afternoon.
Day 5 Training day. Your guides will determine the curriculum for the day based on the terrain & the previous lessons earlier in the week. Examples include crevasse rescue, fixed line ascension, anchor construction and the use of running belays. As weather allows, today may also be used as a carry day, meaning you may carry a load higher on the mountain to where your next camp will be, which could be as high as Camp Muir.
Day 6 As conditions allow you may move as high as Camp Muir (10,000ft) today, which will be your high camp. As weather permits you may have the option to explore higher on the mountain. The exact schedule will be determined by your guides based on the current conditions.
Day 7 Pack up and descend to Paradise. During the descent the group will practice navigation including map and compass and gps. The party will hope to return to Ashford Headquarters by 2:00-4:00 p.m. but weather and snow conditions may effect our return time.