I have now participated in 4 AAI climbs in Washington. I think the program is great overall. The guides I have had have been both professional and personable resulting in a sense of confidence and safety regarding the climb as well as fun. I have heard a few anecdotal stories from fellow climbers about other companies and those experiences were lesser than any of my AAI experiences. Tom
The Alpine Ascents Four-Day Rainier Climb of the Emmons Glacier is great for climbers with prior experience on glaciers (and those who have completed self-arrest training) who want a more relaxed climbing schedule that allows for an additional night to enjoy the mountain. The Emmons summit climb is more difficult than our Muir climb - this route is far less traveled and involves more overall elevation gain as well as mileage.
This instructional course/summit climb travels as a fully contained climbing expedition (four guides and eight climbers). Each person carries his/her own climbing kit, as well as some of the group's camping and cooking equipment. This means that our pack weight is also significantly heavier (65 lbs.) than climber's packs on the Muir route (40 lbs.).
One element of this route that distinguishes it from our Muir climb (and our Kautz climb) is that the average slope angle is less steep than the upper slopes of the other routes. There is also less rock crossed during this climb, making for an overall easier technical climb, as we ascend the glaciated slopes roped up in teams of three (two climbers and one guide per rope). A common remark from our past climbers is that they really enjoyed being able to spend the night at high camp after a long summit day. One of our most well-liked Rainier programs, the Emmons climb allows you to encounter fewer people, achieve more vertical gain, and travel further on the largest glacier in the contiguous United States than you would in our other Rainier climbing programs.
PREREQUISITES- 60 Pound Pack Required
Climbing Skill Level
This route is for those climbers who have successfully completed our 3 Day Climb of Mount Baker, 3 Day Climb of Mount Rainier or equivalent. This is an extremely rigorous four days and being in excellent physical condition is mandatory. One day of skills review is included in the climb. Please note, the guide retains the right, at any point, to determine whether a climber is sufficiently fit to continue the climb.
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 60lbs 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.
The program was professional from start to finish - gear check to to return home. The clients' interests were first and foremost...after being an Alpine Ascents client on 4 previous occasions I have come to expect high quality of service and my expectations were met on Mt Rainier. Robert
Why Climb Rainier With Alpine Ascents?
Quality of Our Climbs
Alpine Ascents has taken a unique approach to climbing Mount Rainier. Our summit climbs and training programs are oriented not only towards summit success but in giving you instruction in mountaineering techniques that you can use where ever you chose to climb. Our dedication to teaching sound mountaineering practices such as Leave No Trace as well as providing you a better understanding of geology, glaciology and safe climbing are the cornerstone of our company.
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.
Alpine Ascents has over 20 years experience guiding the world’s highest mountains and 9 years experience guiding on Mount Rainier. From our inception in 1986, the founder, senior administrative staff and several senior guides are still working with Alpine Ascents and leading trips around the world. Our intent is to provide the same level of quality, service, safety and environmental stewardship that has been our trademark throughout the guiding community. (See more about us, our guides and staff)
Alpine Ascents offers you a guide ratio of one guide for every two climbers on every summit climb. This allows for increased safety, more individualized instruction and more guides to assist on summit day. Our guides will be teachers and impart knowledge throughout the program.
Alpine Ascents is the only guide service that drives you round trip Seattle -Mt Rainier – Seattle. Our shuttle eliminates a $200 car rental and a complicated two hour drive each way to the mountain
Great program 4 days made the Emmons climb very enjoyable and the the guides were great - Taylor
Tents Equipment & Meals
Provided: All group climbing equipment: climbing ropes and technical hardware; tents, and meals (except lunch). Transportation is provided for this climb.