Take the challenge—join us on Mt. Rainier!
People come from all over the world to experience the crown jewel of the Cascade Mountain Range. Mt. Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States, and climbing it requires teamwork, perseverance and appropriate weather.
With its icy blue crevasses, wind-sculpted snow structures and ancient flowing glaciers, this course will take you into the seldomly-traveled terrain of the highest point in the Pacific Northwest. You will experience the spiritual benefits of physically and mentally challenging yourself in God’s creation. You will see how God uses the wilderness and mountains to speak. Join us for this classic Pacific Northwest mountaineering adventure!
- Glacier travel
- Self-belay with ice axe
- Personal snow anchors
- Cooking at altitude
- Setting up basecamp
After meeting your instructors and hiking into Camp Muir, you will review mountaineering and glacier travel techniques. Then, eat dinner and rest before the summit attempt. Depending on the weather, you may wait an extra day before climbing. From Camp Muir, climbers will make their way past the Cowlitz Glacier, to Cathedral Gap and beyond the Ingraham snow field to the upper mountain. After the climb, you will rest and descend to civilization.
Day 1: Arrive at Paradise Lodge
A Summit Adventure instructor will meet you at Paradise Lodge. A thorough gear check and orientation will take place before departing for Camp Muir.
Day 2: Glacier Travel Skills
You will be instructed on a number of wilderness skills including glacier travel and crevasse rescue.
Day 3: Glacier Travel Skills continued
You will continue to gain glacier travel skills and demonstrate these in the world-class terrain of Mt. Rainier’s glaciers.
Day 4: Summit Attempt
Weather permitting, you will ascend Mt. Rainier via the Muir route. This ascent typically takes 10-12 hours. You will return to Camp Muir this day following your attempt.
Day 5: Departure
You will return from Camp Muir to the Paradise Lodge. Rainier trips often conclude in a nearby town for a course-end lunch.