Climb for Nepal
Includes THOP donation


June 30 – July 2, 2019


Grade: Beginner
3 Day Climb


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As the most prominent mountain in the contiguous United States, Mount Rainier (known as Tahoma by native Americans) with its 26 major glaciers provides an excellent climbing experience situated within a pristine wilderness environment. “The Mountain“ as referred to by locals has all the features of much higher glaciated peaks making it an exceptional training ground for aspiring climbers. Northwest Alpine Guides climbs the classic Disappointment Clever route to the upper Emmons Glacier reaching the Columbia Crest summit at 14,411 feet. Mount Rainier’s Muir route is approached from Paradise Meadows and ascends the Muir Snowfield to Camp Muir at 10,188 feet.

Climb Mt. Rainier and support The Himalayan Outreach Project

Join our fifth annual Climb for Nepal fundraiser and summit Mount Rainier. The climb is led by Mountain Gurus founder Dennis Broadwell. Proceeds from the climb will support The Himalayan Outreach Project and benefits school children living in the foothills of Nepal. Learn more about our outreach projects.

The three-day climb includes a one day climb school taught near Paradise Meadows and a two day summit climb via Camp Muir and the Disappointment Cleaver route. Northwest Alpine Guides will provide breakfast, dinner and hot drinks on the mountain. Lunch and snack food is not included.

Climb School Curriculum

  • Rest step, step kicking and pressure breathing
  • Ice axe techniques and self arrest training
  • Crampon usage and techniques
  • Snow travel, climbing as a rope team
  • Leave no trace skills
  • Summit climb of Mount Rainier
  • Discussion topics will include: Clothing and equipment, packing a backpack, acclimatization, snow camp skills. Our professional guides will follow the above curriculum, introducing the basic mountaineering skills necessary to make a successful summit climb.

The Beginner’s Handbook Climbing Mount Rainier by Greg Yatman
Greg Yatman provides helpful insight in his eBook

Climb Highlights

  • A full day of mountaineering skills in preparation for the climb.
  • The day is spent adjusting to the altitude, enjoying views of Mount Rainier, and preparing for our summit bid.
  • Enjoy a Northwest Alpine Guides adventure training on glaciers and climbing a classic volcano.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 • Climb School
Day 2 • Hike to Camp Muir
Day 3 • Summit Day

3 to 1 Climber to Guide Ratio

We lead the Mount Rainier Camp Muir route at a 3 to 1 climber to guide ratio ensuring that you receive personal attention and hands-on instruction throughout the climb.

NW Alpine Guides holds a special use permit to operate in Mount Rainier National Park


Climb for Nepal Itinerary

Plan to arrive the day before the climb begins.

Day 1 • Climb School at Paradise Meadows

Meet 9:00 am at Paradise Inn (front patio area) in Mount Rainier National Park, WA.

Northwest Alpine Guides will provide you with a detailed PreClimb departure book upon registration including personal gear list, meeting location and driving directions.

Our alpine guides will meet you for team introductions, gear check, and group gear distribution.

We will hike approximately 30-45 minutes from Paradise Meadows to our training area in Edith Creek Basin at 5600 feet. The day is dedicated to learning the fundamentals of mountaineering. The course instruction includes snow climbing, use of ice axe and self-rescue, crampon techniques and rope travel.

Each team member will be assessed throughout the mountaineering school. You will need to demonstrate adequate fitness and proficiency in climbing skills as your safely is our priority.

After mountaineering training, we return to Paradise Meadows by mid-afternoon. The team is welcome to enjoy dinner with the guides at a restaurant in Ashford, WA.

Accommodations is not included: Overnight at Paradise Meadows or return to a hotel in Ashford, WA 

Day 2 • Hike to Camp Muir • 10,188 feet

Meet 7:00 am at Paradise Visitor Center.

The hike gains 4800 feet to Camp Muir and takes 5 – 6 hours. The team will set camp and prepare for our summit bid. The team enjoys dinner and early to bed for the next day’s climb.

Accommodations: Tented Camp
Meals Included: Dinner (D)

Day 3 • Summit Day • Mount Rainier • 14,411 feet

Our summit day starts early with a pre-dawn alpine start. We begin roped climbing crossing the Cowlitz Glacier and passing over Cathedral Gap to Ingraham Flats. After taking a short break, we traverse to the base of Disappointment Cleaver. The climb continues up the DC route reaching the top of the clever at 12,300 feet. Another rest break, we climb the upper Emmons glacier to high break at 13,600 feet. The route then climbs the final snow dome to the summit crater and a short walk to Columbia Crest the summit of Mount Rainier at 14,411 feet. We gain 4300 feet from Camp Muir to the summit of Mount Rainier.

After enjoying summit views from Mount Rainier’s highest point and celebrating our success we descend the route to Camp Muir. We break camp, pack our gear and retrace the hike back to Paradise Meadows.

We usually arrive back to the trailhead by late-afternoon and conclude our adventure in Ashford, WA.

Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Plan to depart the day after the climb ends.

Itinerary Notes
NW Alpine Guides makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner


Where to Meet

9:00 am, the morning of the climb, we meet in Mount Rainier NP for equipment check before heading to the trailhead. We will email you PreClimb info including gear list and departure details upon registration.

Deposit and Payments

$1000.00 deposit includes non-refundable registration fee, due with application. Balance due 120 days prior to start date.

Price Includes

  • Guided climb and instruction
  • Scheduled meals on the mountain (breakfast, dinner, hot drinks)
  • Professional mountain guide
  • Group equipment (including tents, ropes, stoves, etc.)
  • Mount Rainier (Climbing Pass $50)
  • Wilderness Permits

Price Does Not Include

  • Transportation
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Lunch and snack food
  • Personal gear
  • Hotels or lodging
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Medical and evacuation coverage
  • Staff gratuities