There’s a reason Mount Shuksan is one of the most photographed peaks in North America. Take in unbelievable close-up views of Mount Baker and the North Cascades.
Climb to the Summit of Mt. Rainier
Washington’s highest peak truly lives up to its definition as one of the pinnacles of mountaineering glory. Standing 14,411 feet high, Rainier is the second-highest mountain in the lower 48 and tallest peak in Washington. This mountain remains the ultimate goal on many climbers’ bucket lists.
This opportunity includes a one-day mountaineering course, a three-day climb of Mount Baker, and a four-day summit of Mount Rainier on July 28 – 31. The route climbed is either the Disappointment Cleaver or the Emmons Glacier.
Two Climbs, Fundraising for a Cause, and Skills to Last a Lifetime
This climb is more than just one mountain. You participate in our beginner and intermediate mountaineering courses, which also include a summit of Mount Baker. Our skilled instructors teach you to become a climber, not just a client.
- 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Pre-trip meeting at our office. You will bring all personal gear and equipment to this meeting. We will go over the route and itinerary as well as go over personal and group gear to ensure everyone has what they need.
- The first day of the course is a travel day, traveling to Mount Rainier National Park’s Sunrise trailhead first, then a high camp on the Emmons glacier.
- Your second day on the mountain will be a skills day, where you will practice and hone mountain movement and technique, rope team travel, and self-arrest skills. We will end the day early and cook a hearty dinner so we can sleep well for summit day.
- Summit day! We begin with a classic alpine start and breakfast, then pursuit of the summit. Weather, conditions, and team dynamics will determine outcomes and pace for the day, but the big goal is to be back at camp in time for dinner.
- This is the same as day 1 but in reverse. We will pack up camp and travel down to the cars. A quick gear sort will get us ready to head back to Seattle, where you will have your first home-cooked meal in three days.
All participants will be responsible for getting themselves to the pre-trip meeting. Kaf does not provide transportation for the outing; however, we recognize that transportation can be challenging. Once registered, Kaf will provide information regarding meeting times, locations, and any required parking permits. If interested in carpooling, we will orchestrate a meeting place between participants.
We recommend that anyone flying into Seattle arrive as early as possible on the day before the trip. We also recommend you do not book a return flight until late (red-eye) on the last day of the trip, or the following morning.
- 18+ for adult courses or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval
- 12-18 for youth courses
- Snow and Glacier Camping
- Rope Management and Glacier Rigging
- Navigation, Map, and Compass
- Gear Packing and Equipment Choices
- Self-Arrest and Ice-Axe Technique, Crampons
- Snow and Glacier Camping
- Professional instruction from full-time mountaineering instructors at a maximum of a 3:1 student-to-instructor ratio
- Passes and permits
- All group climbing gear
- All group camping and kitchen equipment
- Dinners and breakfasts while in the field
- Custom fundraising web page through Washington Trails Association, to help you meet your fundraising goal
- Personal clothing, climbing, and personal camping gear
- Lunches, snacks, water carrying capacity
- Transportation is not included. Kaf will assist in organizing a carpool. See further details below.
You will receive a full packing list following registration, but please feel free to contact us with any gear or equipment specific questions you have. A brief list of what you will need to provide for yourself:
- Personal climbing gear: Multi-day pack, helmet, harness, mountaineering boots, glacier rig, ice tools, and crampons
- Personal camping gear: Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
- Weather-appropriate clothing
Transportation and times will be coordinated by email when the pre-trip announcement is sent to all registrants.