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Climbing Mount Rainier

July 3-7, 2017

Mount Rainier (14,410’) covers 35 square miles of ice and glaciers making it one of the most extensive snow/ice mountaineering training grounds in Washington's North Cascades.

This expedition spends five days traveling and climbing on Mt. Rainier. You’ll work hard moving over steep terrain with your gear on your back, but the stunning scenery will be your reward. You will also learn the skills needed to live and travel safely in a mountain environment. If all goes well, we’ll attempt the summit on the fourth day of the expedition.

For NOLS grads only, training starts with the basics and novice mountaineers are welcome. We’ll start by helping you select your equipment and pack your pack. We’ll progress through basic living and travel skills on our way to learning the climbing skills needed to negotiate glaciated terrain and attempt the summit.


Mount Rainier Climb
Dates: July 3-7, 2017
Duration: 5 days
Cost: $1,695
College Credit: Not available
Average Age:

38.8 - NOLS graduates only

Typical Female/Male Mix:


Course start/end: Conway, Washington

Activity Rating :

(this is a subjective rating of anticipated physical difficulty—weather, route, and the group mix can combine to make trips more or less "difficult" —higher numbers indicate more challenge.)


This is a challenging trip with full packs, high altitude, a short summit window and a reputation for uneven weather. Luckily, the rewards equal the effort.

Fly in/out: Seattle, Washington
Additional Information:

Trip Description & Equipment Guidelines (pdf)


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Camp above the clouds !

Photo: Tori Murden McClure

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