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Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Elevation: 14,411 ft (4,392m)
Location: Washington State, USA

Over 11,000 climbers a year attempt to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier, a beautiful mountain that has become as much a destination in and of itself as well as a training ground for parties planning to climb other notable peaks such as Denali, Aconcagua, or Everest. It has up to 80 climbing routes, approximately 17 of which are attempted on a fairly regular basis, and two of which are appropriate for novice climbers with a few days of technical snow-travel experience. Mt. Rainier generates its own weather and presents quite a challenge to all levels of climber from novice to expert.

Routes & Skills

The two most popular routes via the Emmons Glacier and the Disappointment Cleaver (DC) require 9-10,000 feet of elevation gain with about half of that over heavily glaciated terrain. Trips are typically 2-4 days long. Strong glacier-travel skills are required for all routes. More difficult routes can include varied levels of ice climbing.

Mt. Rainier Climbing Route Descriptions DVD
Mt. Rainier: A Climbing Guide by Mike "Gator" Gauthier
Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills Book
Route reports on CascadeClimbers.com
SummitPost.com info on Rainier
PeakWare.com Info on Rainier
Pictures from Body Results Adventures 2000, 2002, 2007 Emmons, 2007 DC

Physical Requirements

All routes on Mt. Rainier require 9-10,000 feet of elevation gain while carrying anywhere from 35-55 pound packs. Trips are typically 2-4 days long and require substantial cardiovascular stamina and strength endurance in all muscles of the legs, core, and upper back/shoulders, as well as capability of sustained exertion at high altitudes.

Six Month Training program to climb Mt. Rainier

Additional Planning Resources

Current Mt. Rainier Weather Conditions


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