Logistics

7:00 a.m. Gear Check on Day Course Begins

FOR SUMMER 2021, AS PART OF COVID-19 REGULATIONS: Climbers will need to provide transportation to and from the trailhead. 

Meet in Ashford, Washington at 7:00 a.m. for a quick gear check, introductions, and an overview of the day. This meeting will take place at the Whittaker’s Bunkhouse Cafe, where you can grab a quick coffee before we begin.

Please review the Gear information and come prepared. Climbers who do not arrive equipped for the day will not be able to proceed with the course.

If you plan to rent gear from Alpine Ascents, you can pick up these rental items from our Seattle office the day prior to your course.

In Ashford

We will be meeting in Ashford, Washington at 7:00AM. Many climbers choose to spend the night in Ashford the day before their course. Here are a few options climbers have used in the past, although many more exist.

Whittaker’s Bunkhouse
Phone: (360) 569-2439
Website 

Nisqually Lodge
Phone: (360) 569-8804
Website

Alexander’s Lodge
Phone: (360) 569-2300
Website

There are many excellent Ashford rentals on AirBNB as well.

 

Gear Overview

Here is your gear list:

If you plan to rent gear from Alpine Ascents, you can pick up these rental items from our Seattle office the day prior to your course.

Check out this video that talks through our entire gear list for the 3 Day Rainier Climb. This includes gear you won’t need for your 1-day Course, but the video should give you a basic understanding of many items on your gear list.

Mountain Lunch

Climbers need to bring their own lunch for this training day. It’s a long day, so please plan on bringing about 1,000 calories of food.  Here’s a sample lunch pack:

• Cold pizza, fresh sandwich, or burrito
• Bagel with meat & cheese
• Piece of fresh fruit
• Trail mix
• A bakery cookie
• Small bag of chips or similar salty snack
• Cold drink mix for your water

A training course such as this requires a much higher energy expenditure on a daily basis than what you may be used to. Eating well and frequently not only sustains energy levels but also keeps positive morale and attitude. By nature, mountains have periods of inclement weather and it is important that caloric intake be high and regular to help avoid hypothermia and other cold weather or altitude-related problems.

LNT

Alpine Ascents International practices Leave No Trace principles on all expeditions. We believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment. Please Visit:

7 Principles of Leave No Trace

As guides, we spend time teaching the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principals and practices. There is nothing more beautiful than working hard to get high into the mountains, come upon a pristine campsite, witness incredible views and have the feeling that no one has been there before.

Conversely, there is nothing more disheartening than working hard to climb a mountain, reaching a site and encountering trash, food waste and toilet paper. Please read the seven LNT principles, and call the office if you have any questions about what you can do to plan ahead.

Tipping

Guides are permitted to accept and greatly appreciate tips. An average tip for the guide team is $25-50.

Please be aware that we are unable to process tips by card. You are welcome to tip your guides with cash or via mobile payment such as Venmo or PayPal.

The course was top notch. Our guides always made sure safety was a priority while allowing us to push ourselves physically and mentally on the mountain.

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