Mount Rainier/Emmons Glacier


Basic Glacier Climb - Mount Rainier/Emmons Glacier


  • Tue, Jul 18, 2023 — Fri, Jul 21, 2023
  • Kitsap Branch Climbing Program
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb, Strenuous 5, Technical 5
  • Challenging
  • Pace: 1,000 ft/hr

Meet at White River Campground at 9am.


  • Complete the route safely and in good spirits.
  • Demonstrate sound technical skills along the way.
  • Practice crevasse rescue in an alpine environment.

Anticipated Intensity:

  • Target pace is 1,000ft/hr. 

Expectations of Participants:

  • The team will stay together en-route to the summit, and on the return.
  • Participants should self-assess for the requisite fitness to carry a 50 lb pack at the prescribed pace.
  • Decisions regarding route and conditions are made and discussed as a group.
  • Practice expedition mentality - keep oneself, the team, and our resources in balance. 
  • Foster camaraderie and inclusivity amongst the team.

Climbing and Leadership Style:

  • The climbing style of this trip will focus on safety, efficiency, and fun.
  • I will serve as facilitator and coordinator for the trip and strive to create space for others to lead segments of the trip.
  • I’m open to share a stove and tent to reduce weight and I will share a spreadsheet for group gear.

Mount Rainier/Emmons 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 sleeping bag rated to +20 degrees or colder
  • A sleeping pad
  • 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
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Belay parka
  • Insulated pants
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