Mount Rainier/Success Cleaver


Intermediate Alpine Climb - Mount Rainier/Success Cleaver

Climb one of the longest routes to the summit of Mt Rainier, over Point Success.

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  • Strenuous 5, Technical 2, Basic Alpine Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 25.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 11,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 14,411 ft


Priority for Tacoma Climbing community until 5/29/20.

Plan to reach Success Cleaver via Tahoma Creek Trail.  Carry-over and return via Paradise.

Participants should have completed several intermediate-level climbs.  Although most of the climb is not on glaciers there is significant exposure on this route.

Mt Rainier climbing permit required, @$51. Entrance fee or annual pass required for park entrance.


Mount Rainier/Success Cleaver

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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