Little Tahoma Climb

Little Tahoma Climb With Alpine Ascents

I had a great experience. I was a little skeptical about Little Tahoma–felt like a “check the box” for my 20 volcanoes and not one I was looking forward to. But I have to say the whole trip will go down as one of my favorites. Thank you! -2019 Climber

Although often overlooked by climbers who set their sights on the summit of Mt. Rainier, known locally as “təqʷuʔməʔ” (Taquoma), Little Tahoma is a beautiful climb in its own right and offers a truly unique experience for climbers willing to venture off the beaten bootpack. Standing at 11,138 ft tall on the southeast flank of Mount Rainier, “Little T” is the third tallest peak in Washington with a prized summit known for its seclusion and exhilarating summit scramble. Alpine Ascents’ four-day climb of Little Tahoma is an excellent choice for climbers with a thirst for adventure or aspirations to climb high-altitude, glaciated, technical peaks in Alaska, South America, and beyond.

With a maximum group size of 4 climbers and a low 2:1 ratio, this climb is equal parts hands-on instruction and summit climb.   Additionally, our four-day itinerary allows for two possible summit days.   Little Tahoma is a fantastic next-step after a 3-Day Baker or a 3-Day Rainier climb due to the emphasis on teaching and the variety of terrain encountered on route to the airy summit. Climbers will develop strong fundamental skills in snow and glacier climbing and receive an introduction to alpine rock climbing. This instructional course/summit climb travels as a fully contained climbing expedition, as each person carries his/her own climbing kit and a portion of the group’s camping and cooking equipment. Successful completion of this program gives climbers the required skills for several of our more advanced expeditions.

Maximum team size: four climbers with two guides.

Tents Equipment & Meals

Provided: Transportation to and from the mountain. All group climbing equipment, including climbing ropes and technical hardware; meals (except lunch); and tents.
Not Provided: Personal equipment and lunches. You are responsible for all items on the Gear List.

Note: If you are a beginning climber, we strongly advise renting as much gear as possible. Alpine Ascents and other local retailers provide quality rental equipment at reasonable prices. We also offer a 10% discount at the Alpine Ascents Gear Shop located at our offices. We conduct a mandatory gear check the day before your climb.

Reading List

This is a highly recommended shortlist and we would be happy to pass on a longer reading list for those interested. These links will bounce to Amazon.com with reviews.

The Illustrated Guide to Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue
Andy Tyson, Mike Clelland, Climbing Magazine
Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills
Don Graydon (Ed.), Kurt Hanson (Ed.), Mountaineers Society, Mountaineers Books

I had a great experience. I was a little skeptical about Little Tahoma–felt like a “check the box” for my 20 volcanoes and not one I was looking forward to. But I have to say the whole trip will go down as one of my favorites.  I also loved the experience of climbing K Spire–very […]

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Up the Fryingpan Glacier Photo Credit: Nate Douglas
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The summit! Photo Credit: Nate Douglas

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