Mount Rainier: Disappointment Cleaver

Mt. Rainier is one of America’s premier climbing destinations and the perfect training ground for future mountaineering expeditions around the world. Reaching to a height of 14,410 feet, Mt. Rainier gives you a full on mountaineering experience. Our program is five days. We start at Paradise Visitor Center and ascend via Disappointment Cleaver - with two days of mountaineering skills built in. This allows beginners to gain confidence and seasoned climbers a chance to refresh all while acclimatizing to the altitude. Most importantly, it allows time to truly appreciate and enjoy the experience. If you are looking to test your strength and have a big mountain experience, we encourage you to join us on our climb to the roof of the Northwest.

July 2018 Dates Coming

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JULY 2018

Pending the climbing permit, dates will be posted asap.

CLIMB DETAILS

Price: $1895 Per Person
Length: 5 days
Guide-to-Client Ratio: 1:2
Difficulty: Strenuous
When: Once Per Year
Type: Mountaineering

INCLUDED

2:1 NEM Guide Ratio
½ Day of Mountain Skills
Tents
Stoves
Emergency Gear
MRNP Climbing Permit
MRNP Park Permit
Mountaineering Skills
Crevasse Rescue Experience

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare
Transportation
Personal Gear
Lodging
Meals
Rental gear
Gratuities

RENTAL GEAR

Most of the required equipment [listed below] is available for rent from our affiliate mtnGEAR. NEM climbers will receive an exclusive discount of 20% discount on all rental equipment and clothing.


Day 1: Arrival into Portland, OR or Seattle, WA

Day 2: Today, plan to arrive in Ashford, WA by 1:30PM at the latest. We will meet at 2PM at our hotel. Here we will meet and greet our fellow teammates and get a briefing of what to expect for the next 3 days. Following this meeting, we will conduct a full gear check to ensure everyone has what they need to complete the climb safely and efficiently. We will have the opportunity to rent or purchase any missing gear. Overnight Accommodations in Ashford are included.

CLIMBING ITINERARY BEGINS

Day 3: We will have a team breakfast and begin our 30-minute scenic drive to Paradise at 5,400ft. This is the jumping off point for many Mt. Rainier climbing teams. We will spend the day with a 1-2 hour hike to 7500ft where we will practice mountaineering skills such as crampon technique, self arrest, basic knots and roped travel. These skills will be paramount during our climb. We will then descend and spend the night in Ashford. Overnight accommodations are included.

Day 4: An early start will see us back to Paradise and beginning our climb by 9AM. We will ascend through lush greenery and wildflowers until we hit the Muir Snowfield. Another few hours of climbing will put us at 9,500ft and our home for the night.

Day 5: We will start today with a casual start followed by a short climb to 11,000ft. This will be our first introduction to glacier travel as we cross the Cowlitz Glacier on our way to our camp on the Ingraham Glacier.

Day 6: We have a "rest day" today but we will take advantage of it. We will have the opportunity to learn crevasse rescue. If interested, you will have the opportunity to be lowered into a real crevasse and then pulled out. We will head to bed before sunset as we will have an alpine start the following morning.

Day 7: Our climb to the summit begins very early and takes us across the Ingraham Glacier at night and then onto Disappointment Cleaver. The cleaver gives us access to the upper mountain, which is absolutely stunning. We will experience what it is like to walk under towering seracs, cross large crevasses and photograph breathtaking views of Seattle, Puget Sound and countless Cascade mountains. We aim to summit around sunrise. If the weather is good, we will enjoy up to an hour on the summit before the long descent. Once back in camp, we will relax for a couple of hours before packing up and descending to Paradise and a hot meal. We recommend booking a hotel in Ashford for the overnight.

CLIMBING ITINERARY ENDS

Day 8: Departure Home

 

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How Difficult is a Mt. Rainier Climb?

Mt. Rainier is a long climb with heavy backpacks. It can be very strenuous at times. Although it is not a technical peak and only requires travel on moderate snow slopes the weight of your backpack, the length of the days and the high altitude all take a toll on you. You will need to be in top physical condition.

Do I Need Any Prior Experience?

You should have previous backpacking experience. We included two days of mountaineering skills for participants to learn or refresh on crampons techniques, rope team travel, self arrest and crevasse rescue. Participants should be in top physical shape with prior hiking experience.

What Are the Age Limits for This Climb?

We encourage participants to be age 16 or over, although exceptions can be made based on previous experience. Participants under the age of 16 will need to submit a climbing resume for review. As long as you are in excellent physical condition, are approved by your doctor, and are able to legally sign the liability waiver, you are welcome to join us!

How Long are the Climbing Days?

Each day is challenging. At the beginning of the climb altitude is not an issue. However, pack weight is heavy. As we ascend, packs get lighter but altitude takes its toll. Summit day is 14-16 hours long.

What are the Sleeping Arrangements on the Mountain?

We will provide tents. To minimize the amount of necessary gear, climbers will share a tent. Your tent will be designed to sleep the number of climbers assigned in it [i.e. a 3-person tent will sleep 3 climbers and a 2-person tent will sleep 2 climbers]. We will only make exceptions to this on rare occasions. Please feel free to contact us if you feel you need your own tent.

How Heavy Will My Pack Be?

You can expect a 45lb-55lb pack for the first two days. Summit day will require 10lb-15lb packs.

Why Do We Begin Our Summit Attempt in the Dark?

We get an alpine start for many reasons. In general everything is safer at night when the temperatures are cold and the sun has not begun to melt the snow and ice. The terrain is firmer for easier climbing, snow bridges over crevasses are frozen, the snowpack is more stable and rock fall is less of a hazard.

GENERAL POLICIES

NEMs Adventure plans and itineraries are subject to change or adjustment based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, and many other factors. NEM has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including discretion to change program schedule or itinerary, and change guides or staff, as necessary for the proper and safe conduct of the program.

We reserve the right to cancel any program due to inadequate signups, weather or route conditions. In such a case, an NEM credit for the full value is given; however, NEM cannot be responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).

NEM reserves the right to dismiss the Participant from a trip at any time if NEM determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant is not physically, technically, or psychologically prepared for or capable of participating in the program. This includes being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

SUMMIT ATTEMPT

Northeast Mountaineering cannot guarantee that you will reach the summit. Weather, route conditions, your own abilities or the abilities of others may create circumstances that make an ascent unsafe, and you or your entire party will have to turn around without reaching the summit. Your program fee entitles you to one summit attempt on your specified dates.

MINIMUM REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

For our adventures to run as booked, we must have 50% enrollment of the maximum participant allotment. As an example, if the program has a maximum of 8 people then we must have 4 registered participants for the adventure. In the case of low registration, you may be asked to postpone or join another group on a different date. Exceptions may be made but it is at complete discretion of Northeast Mountaineering, its guides and agents.

RISK MANAGEMENT

Safety is NEM’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. NEM guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.

DOMESTIC ADVENTURES

Payment in full is due at the time of booking. Cancellations outside of 7 days are fully refundable except for a $50 service fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND INCLUDING MOUNT RAINIER

A non-refundable deposit of $750 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check the individual pages. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure - but may vary. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.

INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURES

A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check the individual pages. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure - but may vary. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.

CANCELLATION

There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy.

CHANGE OF DATE

Date changes are subject to availability and apply only to the current climbing season. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 7 days prior to your departure date for a $25 fee per person. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 3 days prior to your departure date for a $50 fee per person. There are no date changes allowed less than 2 days before departure.