If you are even considering or planning on training to climb Mt Rainier next year, this is your casting call to get starting in preparations as it takes 6 months to train for it and this is a 3 month preview of what you will need to do to get you started and in the 'know' on what is required. First: Check out the 3 guide services that are available for climbing this mountain...you will need to sign up with them for a reservation well in advance (aka September of the year before you want to climb) or you can sign up for free on their first come, first served waiting list. I got three calls this year and turned one down due to the dates and the other one filled before I called back, and by the third one I had a dang shoulder injury, but I didn't have a deposit on file so I did not lose any money either. So it's best to print out each of their applications and be ready to fax it and call them within an hour of receiving a call or email from them, if you are going the 'on call' route and not signing up in advance. Here are the 3 outfits that are licensed to lead on Mt Rainier: http://www.alpineascents.com/ http://www.mountainguides.com/ http://www.rmiguides.com/ I recommend getting onto each of their waiting lists and/or signing up for a specific date if you prefer to have it set in stone. As a 'local' you are lucky in that you can drop everything and come up for a last minute spot if one becomes available. Please plan to attend the Rainier trainings that are free at REI and can be found and signed up for at www.rei.com. I will have a planning meeting and show my videos as the training season approaches to get you in the 'mood' for training and setting your mind for this huge endeavor. Whether you will climb it or not, if interested in knowing more about Mt Rainier climbing then please sign up here and we will be posting info and updates on gear and training tips. Please RSVP to the waiting list with your plan to climb or if just interested in learning more about hiking and climbing...also list cell# ...you can use this list to find others who want to train for and climb Mt. Rainier at your pace by doing training hikes together. If you'd like to lead some training hikes on this meetup group, please email me to get set up and an assistant organizer so that you can post your own hikes at your convenience and look for training buddies. Wendita[masked] [masked] p.s. the photo here is me at 10,000 feet at Camp Muir which is half the distance but only 1/3 of the work on the way up.