Mt Rainier (Mountaineering)

Spirit of Adventure
Spirit of Adventure
Public group

Paradise Climbing Information Center

Adjacent to visitor's center · Pierce County, wa

How to find us

Meet in the parking lot in front of the ranger station

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Come join us climbing Mt Rainier in Washington. It's a 12 hour drive to the climbing center at Paradise in Mt Rainier National Park. Our plan is to leave Wednesday once people get off work and drive to the park. We will camp in route and arrive on Thursday.

We will be purchasing our climbing permits and starting the long hike from Paradise to Camp Muir early Friday morning. Friday evening we will finish the 6000 foot vertical altitude gain and set up tents at Camp Muir.

On Saturday we will rest and acclimate to the altitude. For those without mountaineering experience, we will head to some mellow slopes to teach how to self arrest with your ice ax. We will practice roped travel and introduce crevasse rescue. Early in the afternoon we will sleep.

Sunday morning at midnight we will start our ascent up the Cowlitz Glacier, around the end of Panorama Rock and onto the Ingraham Glacier. We cross below the Ingraham Ice Fall (quickly!) and traverse onto the steep, rocky Disappointment Cleaver. From the top of the Cleaver at about 12,500 feet elevation, we zigzag up steep glaciers, cross crevices on snow bridges until we reach the summit around 10 AM. After spending an hour on top of this amazing mountain, we begin our descent.

On Sunday afternoon we leave the summit and carefully head for Camp Muir. At Muir, we pack up our camping gear and head back to Paradise. We arrive there around dark.

At that point we either begin our drive home or find a place to sleep. Everyone should arrive home on Monday.

Equipment required:
Goretex type Jacket (waterproof and breathable)
Goretex type bibs or pants
Ice ax with leash
Puffy down jacket for cold weather
Mid weight insulation jacket
Fleece top
Fleece pants (possibly cheap fleece sweat pants)
Two sets of gloves
Long quick dry underwear tops and bottoms
Baseball type hat
Warm hat, preferably a balaclava that fits under your helmet.
Climbing Harness
Rope for prusik knots or ascenders
Share tent
Sleeping bag for 20 degrees
(Or a lesser bag and sleep in your puffy)
High R-value sleeping pad designed for sleeping on snow.
Camping stove (prefer not a canned gas type)
Pots to melt snow to make water
Usual cooking things
Strongly recommend diamox pills to help with altitude
What did I forget?

For gear rentals: (Ashford, Washington) (Mt Shasta City)
REI Tualatin, Oregon (503)[masked]

Fees: Two things are required to climb Mount Rainier:

1.) Each individual must pay the Climbing Cost Recovery Fee (good for the calendar year). You must pay this BEFORE coming to the park.
This fee is paid at this website:

2.) You must obtain a Climbing Permit for your climb (one per party, one per climb). We can have 12 people on our permit. If more people join, we can ask for two permits. If we apply in advance for the permit, there is a $20 fee that is non-refundable- even if there are no spots open. We can apply at the Paradise Ranger station. It is nearly certain that we will get our permit if we show up a half hour before the station opens.

If your interested, sign up. I can't guarantee everyone who signs up gets to go. I will contact you and discuss the trip with you.