Intermediate Alpine Climb - Mount Rainier/Mowich Face

2-3 day ascent via the Edmunds Headwall and carry over to Emmons/Winthrop Glaciers. 40-55 degree snow and ice, Grade III.

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  • Tue, May 5, 2020 — Fri, May 8, 2020
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Intermediate Alpine
  • Adults
  • Intermediate Ice Climb
  • Challenging
  • High Point Elevation: 14,400 ft
  • Pace: Strenuous

Meeting time/place is TBD. Approach via Mowich Lake, exit via Whiteriver Campground. 

This is a very challenging climb. Only inquire if you’ve completed a challenging carry over of a 8k+ peak (meaning, with over night gear) or equivalent AND have complete AIARE 1 (with recent practice).

Those who identify as women are highly encouraged to request permission!

If interested, please submit a request via the leader request form (not direct email) with the following info:

Experience with 8k carry over

general climbing experience 

steep snow and ice experience 

last time you practiced companion rescue

fitness level and general training plan

worst day in the mountains

best day in the mountains  



Mount Rainier/Mowich Face

  • Green Trails Mt Rainier West No. 269

    USGS Mt Rainier West

    USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
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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 locking carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Cordellete
  • Picket or other relevant protection
  • Extra webbing or cord
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