Mt. Rainier and Little Tahoma 6½ Day Mountaineering SeminarChoose this program if you'd like to attempt to summit both the Mt Rainier and Little Tahoma in one comprehensive training seminar. IMG's 6½ Day Mt. Rainier/Little Tahoma Mountaineering Seminar heads to the less frequented east side of Mt Rainier to attempt a summit of Little Tahoma, the third highest peak in Washington State (11,137ft) before heading up to make a summit attempt on Mt Rainier via the Disappointment Cleaver Route. For the Little Tahoma portion of the program, we'll use technical setting to maximize training on the glaciers below Little Tahoma. This program provides excellent hands-on training to prepare climbers for any of the big, high-altitude, glaciated, technical peaks in Alaska such as Denali, South America, the Himalayas and elsewhere.
The 6½ Day Mt. Rainier/Little Tahoma Mountaineering Seminar maximizes training on the technical movement skills required to summit Little Tahoma as well as Mt Rainier. This program incorporates the Mountaineering Day School and Advanced Mountaineering Day School into the course curriculum and goes into greater detail teaching many other advanced climbing skills. The seminar is specifically scheduled for mid summer to capitalize on firmer snow conditions and more exposed crevasses for glacier training.
While our 6½ day Little Tahoma program is suitable for those with previous climbing experience, this program does require adequate fitness and endurance training in order to be successful.
Why Choose This Program?
IMG's Little Tahoma Mountaineering Seminar is one of our most in depth, hands-on training programs and offers a generous amount of time to introduce and practice critical alpine climbing skills. We delve into great detail during the training, lectures, and informal discussions in our small group to allow you to comprehensively understand the topics covered. This is an excellent program for anyone with the desire to increase their technical climbing skills while attempting to summit two of Washington's most iconic peaks. Training geared towards the skills required in order to be successful on these two peaks.
Topics to be covered include:
- Ice axe and ice tool use
- Ice climbing
- Belaying and rappelling
- Glacier travel and rescue
- Short roping and short pitching
- Ice and snow anchors and anchor systems
- Glacier route finding and navigation
- Ascending and descending fixed line
IMG employs a light and efficient philosophy for climbing. IMG will provide shelter, stoves, fuel, cookware and group climbing gear (ropes, pickets, shovels, etc.) for the team to carry to each camp. 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 50 pounds, excluding your boots and trekking poles.
This is an advanced itinerary and climb requiring previous glacier climbing experience. All participants must have prior alpine climbing experience on Rainier or other similar glaciated peaks and be familiar with basic mountaineering skills including cramponing in firm ice and snow conditions. As with all IMG programs, a review of basic climbing skills is incorporated into this program's itinerary. Additional skills will be taught including multi pitch belayed climbing, lowering, and rappelling. Previous experience on multi day backpacking trips is highly recommended. This is a strenuous and more technically demanding summit climb which is not for first time climbers. For fitness suggestions, please see out Training for Rainier page.
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.