Mount Rainier, training ground for Mt. Everest Climbers, offers an exciting challenge to the climbers and mountaineers. Every year thousands of people successfully climb the 14,410 feet to the summit of Mount Rainier. We have included the important links and applications on this page. The phone number for Mount Rainier climbing rangers is (360) 569-6009. Here is the contact info for the mountaineering guide services - if this is your first mountain climb you should use these guides if you plan on going all the way to the summit.
Climbing Videos - See our many you-tube Mount Rainier Climbing Videos taken by recent climbers trying to reach the summit. This is a great way to get a feel for what's involved. Mount Rainier Climbing Videos. CLIMBING REGULATIONS The National Park has regulations governing camping and Climbers must follow low impact camping regulations. Camping is allowed only on permanent snow or ice, or on bare ground areas previously used as campsites. Clearing new tent sites on rocky or snow free areas is prohibited.Tread Lightly: Travel on established trails to avoid damaging fragile alpine vegetation.
Registration: Climbers must register and pay the climbing fee prior to climbing and must check out upon return. Anyone climbing on glaciers, or above 10,000 feet, must register and pay the climbing fee. This is one that gets people in trouble as some glaciers extend below 10,000 feet. Solo travel above high camps or anywhere on glaciers. Anyone younger than 18 years of age must have the permission of a parent or legal guardian before climbing above normal high camps.
Climbing Fee: The fee for a climbing pass is $30 per person per calendar year. Passes purchased in November and December are valid for the following calendar year.
Where to get your Climbing pass: Late-May until mid-October, obtain a pass from the Paradise Climbing Information Center (CIC), the Jackson Visitor Center (JVC), White River Wilderness Information Center (WIC), Longmire WIC or the Carbon River Ranger Station. Mid-October to mid- May, purchase passes at the Longmire Museum daily or the Jackson Visitor Center on weekends and holidays. You can also purchase your Mount Rainier Climbing Pass in advance: download and complete the Climbing Pass Purchase Form right here , then fax or mail to the park. Fax form to (360)569-3131 or mail it to Wilderness Reservations Office, 55210 238th Avenue East, Ashford, WA 98304.
Climbers who are planning to climb between May 1 and September 30 can use the Wilderness Reservation System to reserve camping sites. Reservations will not guarantee a spot in the public shelter at Camp Muir, which is on a first-come, first-serve basis. During the summer months, reservations can also be made at the Longmire Wilderness Information Center. For more information, call the Longmire Wilderness Information Center at (360)569-HIKE
Recommendations from the National Park Service: Reaching the summit requires a vertical elevation gain of more than 9,000 feet over a distance of eight or more miles - its a strenuous challenge. Climbers must be in good physical condition and well prepared. Proper physical conditioning can offset the effects of fatigue that lead to mistakes and injuries.
A mountain this high creates its own weather - weather, snow, and route conditions can change rapidly, making the difference between a pleasant and rewarding experience or tragedy. Before beginning a climb, obtain a current weather forecast. During your climb, turn back if weather conditions deteriorate. Severe winter-like storms on the mountain are not uncommon even during the summer. Keep in mind that climbing Rainier - while thrilling, challenging, and rewarding - can be deadly for those unprepared or without caution. Be safe.
Low Cost Climbing - for the rest of us ! You can have 90% of the fun with 10% of the work by climbing just as far as Camp Muir. Slide back down ( glissade ) on your back side for a fun and easy ride back.