Basic Glacier Climb - Whitman Crest/Fryingpan Glacier

This will be a one day glacier climb to Whitman Crest.

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  • Basic Glacier Climb
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,400 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 9,323 ft

We will be meeting at the White River Entrance/Ranger Station of Mount Rainier National Park at 0600am.  

There is a park entrance fee, but no climbers permit as we are not going above 10,000ft.  I will bring one rope per 3 climbers.  

We will need to bring a stove, fuel, one sleeping bag and mat and emergency tarp/blanket.  All can be discussed via email.


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
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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