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.
Price: $1895 Per Person
Length: 5 days
Guide-to-Client Ratio: 1:2
When: 2024 Dates TBD
Type: Mostly Experiential
2:1 NEM Guide Ratio
½ Day of Mountain Skills
MRNP Climbing Permit
MRNP Park Permit
Crevasse Rescue Experience
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.
CLIMBING ITINERARY BEGINS
Day 2: 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 3: An early start will see us back to Paradise and beginning our climb by 10AM. We will ascend through lush greenery and wildflowers until we hit the Muir Snowfield. Another few hours of climbing will put us at 9,000ft and our home for the night.
Day 4: We will start today with a casual start followed by a short climb to 10,000ft. We will set up camp and continue our acclimatization.
Day 5: 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. 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. We will head to bed before sunset as we will have an alpine start the following morning.
Day 6: Our climb to the summit begins very early and takes us across the Cowlitz and Ingraham Glaciers 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 7: Departure Home
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