Mount Rainier/Disappointment Cleaver


Basic Glacier Climb - Mount Rainier/Disappointment Cleaver

Three day climb of the classic DC route. Meet Friday morning 0830 at Paradise to complete permitting.

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  • Fri, May 18, 2018 — Sun, May 20, 2018
  • Kitsap Branch Climbing Program
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb, Strenuous 5, Technical 5
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 8,790 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 14,411 ft
  • Pace: 1000 ft/hr

Longmire at 0830 on Friday, 18 May.  We will meet there and then drive to Paradise to check in.  The climbing rangers will have the climbing information station open that day.  

This climb is primarily for Kitsap branch basic students who need a glacier climb to finish the course from 2017 and earlier.  There will be spots open for all.  Email for leader's permission.  I will give preference to those needing the climb to complete a course.  We will use 3-day plan - Paradise to Camp Muir day one.  Rest and acclimate, do some route scouting morning of day 2.  Summit and return day 3 with an alpine start.

I don’t plan on using snowshoes or skis.  


Mount Rainier/Disappointment Cleaver

  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    USGS Mt Rainier West

    Green Trails Mt Rainier West No. 269

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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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
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