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Mount Adams

Climb Overview - South Side, Non-Technical

As a great summit climb and instructional course to prep for Mt. Rainier, our Mt. Adams South Side climb allows climbers to experience the lofty elevation of Washington’s second highest peak, at 12,276 ft. in a remote wilderness. Because no prominent crevasses are visible on the south side route, this climb demands strong fitness of climbers. Due to the significant gains in elevations on the days of the approach to high camp and the summit climb, this two-day instructional climb is a great introduction in using the ice axe and crampons. During the pre-dawn hours we climb the snow and ice slopes from our high camp at “Lunch Counter” (9,250 ft.) to the false summit, Piker’s Peak at 11,657 ft. Then we continue onward to the true summit. The views from the summit include Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Hood. Climbers will carry a full kit, including tents and 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 crampons.

We climb Mt. Adams in two days, meeting at a hotel close to Mt. Adams. Our guide ratio on this climb is 5:1 (pack weight 55 lbs.)

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. For more details on private climbs, please call our office at 206-378-1927 or email Gordon Janow, Director of Programs, at

Mount Adams

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 or three of our experienced guides in what will be an unforgettable adventure. Join us!

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 with reviews.

Selected Climbs in the Cascades
by Jim Nelson, Peter Potterfield, Mountaineers Books
Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills
Don Graydon (Ed.), Kurt Hanson (Ed.), Mountaineers Society, Mountaineers Books
Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue
Andy Selters, Mountaineers Books
The Illustrated Guide to Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue
Andy Tyson, Mike Clelland, Climbing Magazine

Yes – I enjoyed it very much!  The two days were filled with good instruction, focus on safety, and great support. Both our guides kept the team on task and were very clear on directions and importance of safety.

Partners & Accreditations

Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
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