Mountaineering on Washington's Mount Rainier - Alumni

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Mountaineering on Washington's Mount Rainier - Alumni

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 six 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 expedition 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.

Activity Rating*:

*Full packs, high altitude, and a short summit window mean challenge.



Stay tuned for upcoming course dates.


All course information at a glance




5 days

Minimum Age

17 yrs.


Course Description, Logistics, and Gear List


Seattle, Washington

Fly in/out

Seattle, Washington

Skills learned



If you have questions about enrollment or including families/guests on a particular alumni trip, then contact:

NOLS Alumni Department

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