Greetings to all the members of Mt. Rainier – we hardly know ya! Meetup.
As we prepare for a new year of meetups, getting to know ourselves and Mt. Rainier better, I want to share some basic information about our meetup events.
We meet at a Pierce County Park n Ride that is on route to the entrance of the park we are headed.
Please plan on meeting us at the Park n Ride if you want to be part of our group. The organizers arrive at the Park n Ride and may have new information that impacts our destination, so we need to gather everyone at one location prior to driving to the mountain.
This does not mean we don’t encourage car pooling. We have members from various counties so please feel free to post a request to share a ride with someone on the specific event date that you want to share or get a ride to the Park n Ride.
PLEASE update your RSVP if you are not able to join us – even that morning. We want to wait for anyone who is on their way, but we don’t want to be waiting for someone who isn’t coming and hasn’t changed their RSVP to “Not Attending”.
At the Park n Ride we will determine who is driving and who is riding. Our goal is to have as few cars drive up to the mountain as possible. Please arrive at the Park n Ride with a full tank of gas and cash to give another driver if you are not driving. Chains are required to be IN every vehicle during the winter months – it doesn’t matter what type of vehicle you have, entry will be denied if you cannot produce chains for a visual inspection.
We have now divided everyone into cars with the driver and the car’s navigator clear on our destination. Cell phone coverage is not available on a consistent basis, so once we get in the cars and start driving, we need to keep an eye out for all the vehicles in our group and communicate with lights or hand signals to get someone’s attention.
It has been very delightful to get to know members of this group during our drives. There are some fascinating people in this group.
The entrance fee is $15 for a private, noncommercial vehicle or $5 for each visitor 16 and older entering by motorcycle, bicycle, horseback, on foot, or for individuals traveling together as a non-commercial, organized group. These fees provide the visitor with a 7-day entrance permit for Mount Rainier National Park. Mount Rainier Annual Pass: the $30 annual park pass covers entrance fees for the pass holder and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at Mount Rainier National Park and Whitman Mission National Historic Site. This pass does not cover camping fees and is non-transferable and non-refundable. Special passes are available for disabled visitors and U.S. residents aged 62 and over. This pass can be purchased at any entrance to Mount Rainier.
If you intend on visiting Mt. Rainier more than twice in twelve months, I encourage you to purchase an annual pass. The pass can belong to anyone in the vehicle; it does not have to belong to the driver.
During the winter months, the Nisqually entrance is the only one open.
After we depart the Roy Y Park n Ride, we drive in a caravan to Whittaker’s.
Call and reserve your snowshoe and poles rental, or boots, snowshoe & poles rental at 1-800-238-5756. They also rent clothing and tire chains. We stop here and pick up any supplies or rentals needed, use the potty, get some coffee or ice cream, and head on into the park.
The organizers of this meetup are not hiking or snowshoe guides or leaders. We are members just like you, who want to learn more about Mt. Rainier. We are prepared with maps, routes, and information, but will also be checking in with the rangers to confirm the trail status of our destination.
We expect each member to come prepared with the ten essentials at EVERY meetup. http://www.rei.com/ex...
When there is a large number in our group, we break into smaller groups for better accountability and trail etiquette. There is a place for every person and ability in our group, to include families with their children, photographers, not so fit, etc.
This is YOUR group – feel free to make suggestions, share information, and PARTICIPATE
Here is to a terrific 2012 at Mt. Rainier!