Mt. Rainier Trip

This iconic mountain dominates the skyline in the northwest corner of the country and boasts the most glaciers in the lower 48 states. Rising 14,410 feet, it creates its own weather systems and provides climbers a true mountaineering experience. Join AAC member Graham Zimmerman (Piolet d’or nominee and author of first ascents around the world) and past AAC president Steve Swenson (Everest and K2 without oxygen, Piolet d’or recipient) on a three day climb of this magnificent mountain.

Note: This is not a guided trip, but an excursion with friends who have decades of climbing experience to assist with logistics, on-mountain skills and navigation during the climb. We’ll climb the Disappointment Cleaver route, using historic Camp Muir as our basecamp and spend an extra day acclimatizing and reviewing some glacier travel skills.


Thursday, July 7th

Travel to Seattle / last minute logistics and gear check.

Group dinner in Seattle;

Participants can stay in Seattle or Ashford, WA.

Friday July 8th

Travel to Mt. Rainier (or meet at Mt. Rainier) and ascend as a group to Camp Muir. We’ll go from 5,400 feet to just over 10,000 feet (approximately 6 hours) and establish our base camp.

Saturday, July 9th

We’ll spend the day at Camp Muir acclimatizing, reviewing glacier skills and organizing gear. We’ll head for the summit that evening around 11pm to take advantage of the firm snow conditions.

Sunday, July 10th

We’ll catch the sunrise as we near the summit, then descend to Camp Muir and pack up our basecamp. We’ll then return to Paradise and check in to the Paradise Inn and enjoy a celebratory dinner.

Monday, July 11th

Return to Seattle



Price includes:

  • Camping and climbing permits
  • Friday morning pre-climb breakfast, Friday and Saturday night dinner on the mountain
  • Use of group equipment including ropes, tents and cooking gear
  • Sunday evening group dinner at Paradise Lodge

Transportation & Lodging:

Seattle – Tacoma International (SEA) will be the airport you fly into. It is about an hour outside of Seattle and has the standard options of getting into town including a light rail system. Depending on availability we can arrange airport pickups among the volunteers. We’ll also arrange for rooms at the same hotel in Seattle Thursday.


To make your reservation, please contact Vickie Hormuth at (303) 951-4566 or [email protected]. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of reservation.