Climb Overview - South Side, Non-Technical
A great summit climb and instructional course to prep for Mt. Rainier and a great climb in it's own right, our Mt. Adams South Side climb allows climbers to experience the lofty elevation of Washington’s 2nd highest peak, at 12,276’ located in a remote wilderness. While often underestimated because no prominent crevasses are visible on the south side route, this climb demands strong fitness of climbers as the approach to high camp and the summit climb days involve significant gains in elevation. This 2 day instructional course is a great introduction in using the ice axe & crampons, as we climb the snow & ice slopes from our high camp at “Lunch Counter” (9,250’) during the pre dawn hours and reach the false summit, Piker’s Peak at 11,657', then continue onward to the true summit at 12,276'. The views from the summit include Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, & Mt. Hood. Climbers will carry a full kit including tents & sleeping bags to high camp, then spend a few hours learning proper self arrest techniques with the ice axe as well as proper use of the crampons.
We climb Mt. Adams in two days, meeting at hotel close to Mt. Adams. Our guide ratio on this climb is 5:1 ( pack weight 55lbs)
Maximum team size: 10 climbers with 2 guides.
Note: We do offer private climbs of the Adams Glacier on the North Side of the mountain via a technical route. Contact our office for details.
From Wikipedia: "Mt. Adams, the 2nd highest mountain in Washington Adams is a member of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, and is one of the arc's largest volcanoes, as well as a glaciated dormant volcano. The four active glaciers of Mt. Adams cover an area exceeding 6 square miles. Mt. Adams has a volume of 85 cubic miles, placing it second only to Mount Shasta in that category among the Cascade stratovolcanoes. The altitude and use of ice axe & crampons make this climb a great prep climb for the steeper and higher Mt. Rainier to the North."
This climb will be conducted by two - three of our experienced guides in what will be an unforgettable adventure. Join us!
Tents Equipment & Meals
Provided: All group equipment: meals (breakfast & dinner) and tents.
Not provided: Personal equipment & lunch/snack food. You are responsible for all items on the gear list. Transportation is not provided for this climb. Climbers will need to provide transportation to the trailhead.
Note: If you are a beginning climber, we strongly advise renting as much gear as possible. Specialty outdoor equipment can be quite expensive. Alpine Ascents and other local retailers provide quality rental equipment at reasonable prices. Other personal items are available through local outdoor stores.
Our guiding team is comprised of world-renowned guides and full-time professional climbers. While some of these guides have historical climbing achievements synonymous with their names, others are well known for their guiding and teaching experience. A number of our guides have been recipients of coveted climbing awards and scholarships. Our guides are an integral part of Alpine Ascents because they understand and share our climbing principles. These individuals are dedicated to sharing their excellence with others. Many of our guides have been with Alpine Ascents for over five years, with a handful of veterans working with us for most of their careers. The quality of our Guide Staff is the primary difference between us and our competitors. The role of an Alpine Ascents guide is to impart knowledge, use calculated judgment and assist individual climber development. Our guides are experienced educators who evaluate their strengths by monitoring climbers' achievements. Thus we stress our acute ability to provide students and expedition members with personal attention, realizing the commitment to assist each climber in obtaining their goals. Our guides will be teachers and impart knowledge throughout the program.
Climbing Skill Level
This climb is open to any physically fit enthusiastic novice, beginner or advanced beginner. Prior experience with backpacking and camping is highly recommended. Climbers will be expected to training with and carry 55 lbs pack (approximately).
In the best interest of personal safety, success and team compatibility, adequate training and excellent physical condition are required. A Climbers must be able to carry an average of 55lbs or more. Climbers need to be in excellent physical condition for both personal enjoyment and to be an integral team member. We encourage you to contact us so that we may assist you in developing a training program that meets your particular needs. Comprehensive training information can be found here.
Alpine Ascents is deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, trek and course, we not only attempt to leave the environment as we found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. Alpine Ascents reaches for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad. Each staff member is dedicated to environmentally sound alpine ascents.
At Alpine Ascents environmental stewardship remains one of our core values and we take Leave No Trace ethics and practices very seriously. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of our courses and climbs we teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principals and practices.
Over the years, with the assistance of our Sherpa teams, we have stepped up efforts to clean Mt. Everest. Our Wag Bag® program made a pioneering step in human waste management for the National Park System and Forest Service in the North Cascades. On Aconcagua, we pioneered a waste removal system on our climbs, utilizing the WAG Bag® system. And we continue our on-going maintenance and minimal impact plans wherever we guide. We believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment. Alpine Ascents is committed to developing safe, self-reliant and environmentally conscious mountaineers.
We regularly organize private climbs for individuals, corporate groups, families and friends. We encourage you to book these climbs early as we are often able to cater these climbs to group-specific desires. Please contact our office to further discuss the benefits of private courses.
All Alpine Ascents International climbs on Mt. Adams are run under an incidental use permit issued by Mount Adams National Park, NPS.Return to Top of Page