Basic Alpine Climb - Whitman Crest/Fryingpan Glacier

A two day climb of Whitman Crest with camp at Meany Crest.

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  • Tue, Oct 13, 2015 — Wed, Oct 14, 2015
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,400 ft

Rainier Park White River Entrance about one mile off SR 410 (this is on the East side of the Park, NOT on the Paradise side). October 13, 2015 at 7:30 AM.  The Wilderness Information Center (Ranger Station) will be closed at this time.   You must possess a 2015 Mt. Rainier Climber's Pass (Leader will purchase on October 12 for everyone not already having the Pass - See Leader's Notes) 

  • This climb was rescheduled from October 8-9.  
  • Note that this is a Tuesday/Wednesday climb.  It is 14, not 22 miles round trip.
  • This climb is open now to all Basic students, Basic Graduates and  Rope Leaders for Registration. Registration closes October 10 at 12:01 PM (noon)
  • The Leader will get the group wilderness permit on morning of October 12 and purchase 2015 Mt Rainier Climbing Passes for those needing them.   You must make arrangement with John Ohlson no later than October 11 (noon) to purchase one for you. You must provide cash, check (made out to National Parks Service) or Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit/debit card number (plus expiration date and exact name on card).  Cost is $45 for age 25+ and $32 for age 24 or younger. There is insufficient time to purchase by fax or mail since delivery time is two weeks.
  • Go vs. no go decision will be made prior to noon on October 12 (passes will only be purchased if decision is to go). White River Campground is closed for the winter.  Further note, when we are close to climb date, waitlisters will have only a few hours to confirm that they will go, so watch your email closely at that time.  Please cancel off waitlist if you make other plans.  

Whitman Crest/Fryingpan Glacier

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Camping equipment
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