Mount Rainier is undeniable. At almost 14,400 feet Mount Rainier is the third highest peak in the lower 48 states and arguably the most massive, high alpine peak. We will climb Mount Rainier via the Kautz Route for a more enjoyable experience away from the crowds. This route is slightly more advanced than the standard Emmons Glacier and Disappointment Cleaver Route.
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July 8, 2021 - July 11, 2021
Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental. Go to Pro Ski and Mountain Service
Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999.
The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.
WHERE WILL WE BE CLIMBING? WE WILL BE CIMBING ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF MOUNT RAINIER. THE NAMES OF THE GLACIERS ARE NISQUALLY, WILSON, KAUTZ.
HOW MUCH PRIOR MOUNTAINEERING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED? SOME BASIC MOUNTAINEERING EXPERIENCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. VERY GOOD FITNESS WILL ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF YOUR WEEK SUBSTANTIALLY.
CAN I USE THIS WEEKS AS PREP WEEKS FOR HARDER CLIMBS IN THE ALPS? YES, THIS WEEK WILL LAY A GOOD FOUNDATION FOR MANY GUIDED OR SELF GUIDED CLIMBS TO COME. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE ALPS IN PARTICULAR, THIS WEEK WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT SHAKE DOWN FOR A MONT BLANC ASCENT OR A MONTE ROSA TRAVERSE WEEK.
DOES PGS PROVIDE THE FOOD? NO, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN FOOD. WE ARE GLAD TO HELP WITH FOOD SUGGESTIONS THOUGH AND WE DO PROVIDE THE TENTS, STOVES AND FUEL.
HOW BIG OR RATHER HOW SMALL SHOULD MY PACK BE? TRY TO FIT YOUR GEAR INTO A 50 LITER PACK.
HOW DO I GET TO MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, WA? To reach the Southwest Corner of the park (Nisqually, Longmire and Paradise) from Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima, or Portland:
From Seattle: South on I-5 to SR 512 (exit 127). East on SR 512 to SR 7. South on SR 7 to SR 706 in Elbe. East on SR 706 through Ashford to the Nisqually Entrance.
From Tacoma: East on SR 512 to SR 7. South on SR 7 to SR 706 in Elbe. East on SR 706 through Ashford to the Nisqually Entrance.
In Summer: West on US 12 to SR 123. North on SR 123 to the Stevens Canyon Entrance. Follow Stevens Canyon Road west to Paradise and Longmire.
In Winter: West on US 12 to SR 7 in Morton. North on SR 7 to Elbe. East on SR 706 through Ashford to the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire/Paradise.
From Portland: North on I-5 to Hwy 12 (exit 68). East on Hwy 12 to SR 7 in Morton. North on SR 7 to SR 706 in Elbe. East on SR 706 to the Nisqually Entrance.
SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDE? AND HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP THEM? Although tipping is not a requirement it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or flat price tip that you are comfortable with.