Sign-up Day for the Mount Rainier Climb (Changing the date to give some folks a little more notice)
Okay, so we’ve all had a chance to contemplate the reality of the climb. Now is the time to sign-up for the climb and commit to the training and exercise to make the summit attempt.
Some things to consider:
There will be twelve of us making the attempt.
You will need to plan to be in the Seattle area from Saturday, July 12th through Saturday, July 19th (Week long calendar below).
The first nonrefundable $50 payment (for USFS climbing and camping fees) will be due at the February 19th Sign-Up day.
You will need to buy your own airline ticket and arrange for your own accommodations in the Ashford, Washington area though we will coordinate that as we get closer to the date.
Included is a gear list, and we will hand out paper copies at the meeting. You will need buy, borrow or rent the required gear prior to our summit attempt. On the list are rental prices for the items you can rent from Whitakers Outfitters in Ashford.
I estimate the costs for your flight, shared car rental, accommodations, gear rental and permits will be about $1,000 but it may vary by person. The only dollars I will be directly collecting will be the permits ($50) up front and an amount for the rope team gear ($100ish) as we get closer to summit day.
Really important to consider is the physical nature of the summit attempt. The second day we will be roped together in teams of three or four for safety purposes. The rope team will either summit together or turn around and return to camp Muir together. Implicit in your signing up next week will be a commitment to the team to train with us to get into relatively good physical condition for the hike.
Equally physical will be Day 1 when we will hike with about 35 pounds of gear on our backs up about a mile vertical over about five miles horizontal to get from Paradise ranger station to camp Muir. We won't be roped together on Day 1 but it will be a physically challenging climb.
Lastly, we will be on glaciers for most of the hike. For the safety of yourself and the team, by signing up and paying your first $50 you are also committing to practicing rope safety and basic rope rescue with us to be prepared for many safety situations we might encounter. That will include learning and demonstrating techniques on how to ascend up about twenty feet on a rope.
So after all of that, if you are still excited about joining us on this incredible trek, come on out to our sign-up event, bring your $50 fee, and let’s get started training.
The planned week-long agenda:
Saturday, July 12th – Arrive in Seattle – Possible day hike in Ashford area
Sunday, July 13th – Team practice day hike possibly to summit Mt St. Helens (8365 feet) or Eagle Peak Saddle (5650 feet)
Monday, July 14th – Pick up permits – Day hike from Paradise trailhead to pebble creek – Final gear check
Tuesday, July 15th – Meet in Paradise parking lot – Hike to Camp Muir
Wednesday, July 16th – Depart for summit at Midnight – return to Muir –
Thursday, July 7th – Second summit day if needed for weather or other reasons – Return to Paradise
Friday, July 18th – Keep just in case we have to stay at Muir longer due to weather
Saturday, July 19th – Return rented gear – Fly home
Personal Backpacking Gear:
Backpack (70 L) $38
Tent (3 or 4 season)
Sleeping Bag (+15 Degree) $40
Hiking pants – breathable $30
Underwear (normal and long)
Warm socks (several pairs)
Tennis shoes (Day 1 – optional)
Shorts (Day 1 – optional)
Baseball cap (Day 1)
Bandana Neck cover (Day 1 – optional)
Sunglasses (With side shields) $20
Head lamp $16
Trekking poles (Day 1 – optional) $16
Small roll of duct tape
Personal Glacier Gear:
Mountaineering harness $17
Ice axe $25
Ice axe tether
Mountaineering boots (consider Gor-Tex) $54
Tight gators $20
Winter gloves (consider Gor-Tex) $16
Spare gloves $14
2 locking carabineers (Screw lock or Twist lock)
2 spring carabineers
6 foot long (6 mm) waist Prusik cord
13 foot long (6 mm) foot Prusik cord
2 spare 4 foot long (6 mm) Prusik cord for rescue
q3 spare 4 foot long web runners/climbing straps for rescue
1 climbing/rescue pulley (for 10 mm rope)
1 picket/fluke for rescue
Down jacket $40
Wind/Rain jacket with large hood $36
Team gear - per rope team:
10 MM Dry Dynamic climbing rope – 60 M
Snow melting pot
First aid kit
Compass or GPS $40
Map (with compass coordinates)