Mount Rainier/Emmons Glacier


Basic Alpine Climb - Mount Rainier/Emmons Glacier

Mt Rainier/Emmons Glacier

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  • Thu, Jul 31, 2014 — Sat, Aug 2, 2014
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb, Strenuous 5, Technical 5
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Elevation Gain: 10,000 ft
  • FULL, 12 on waitlist (8 capacity)
  • FULL, 1 on waitlist (4 capacity)
  • Cancellation & Refund Policy

6:00 AM at White River Campground parking lot


Sorry, registration opening date ought to appear in the climb listing but that was erroneously omitted in the new system.  It will be fixed, but in the interim, putting the info here is the best we can do.

Meeting Place: White River Campground parking lot

Meeting Time: 6:00 AM

Leader Notes:  Climb on the less crowded, more alpine north side. Two nights at Camp Schurman high camp. Three day schedule allows a more leisurely pace. NOTE Thurs - Sat schedule - to improve our chances of winning the permit lottery. We have two very experienced rope leaders lined up. Leader will car camp at White River CG Wed night. In order to secure our reservations, leader bought $45 climbing permits for the whole party of 12 in advance. If you are on this climb and plan to do an earlier climb requiring a Rainier Park climbing pass, please buy your pass from the leader. 


Ascend 1,500' up the middle of the InterGlacier, bearing slightly SE to reach the glacier rim (9,000') at Camp Curtis. Do a traversing descent to the Emmons Glacier and ascend the Emmons to Camp Schurman (9,500') at the base of Steamboat Prow. Arrive early for good campsite (hut is for emergencies only). From Camp Schurman, follow a smooth snow slope called ñthe Corridorî slightly E, to about 12,000'. Here the glacier becomes heavily crevassed and offers many variations in routes to the crater rim. The usual routes go straight up and left, or bear right and across to the saddle between the true summit, Columbia Crest, and Liberty Cap. The actual summit (14,411') is on the far W side of the crater rim. The summit register is just below at a large boulder. This is a strenuous climb on a very large mountain. Excellent physicalconditioning is mandatory. A climbing fee is required.


Mount Rainier/Emmons Glacier

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