"Very Impressed. This climb was much more challenging and fulfilling than expected. The schedule was flawlessly executed between the gear check and the return to Seattle. I was impressed by how organized and punctual this company was in preparation for this climb. There was a symmetry of information between the climbers, guides, and headquarters that made this trip flow much smoother. The food, the transportation, and the gear provided were all perfect. All four of the guides were very knowledgeable and their confidence on Mt Rainier was contagious. At any of my "what am I doing here?" moments, I was quickly reminded by the motivating actions and experience of these guides to stay focused and follow their lead. There was no point in which I would have questioned their professional opinion or decision during ascent or descent. It was as though they knew this mountain almost too well, and that was comforting in itself. It was plain to see that each guide knew exactly what they were doing at any given moment on that mountain, and when appropriate, relayed their knowledge to the rest of the group. From learning each guide personally, it was understood that mountaineering was their passion and absolute safety was their priority. The diverse climbing backgrounds of each guide afforded us all the opportunity to learn even more as much of their vast prior experience became applicable to Mt Rainier." Matthew M. Rainier Climber >>> More
3-Day Muir Climb Overview
This three-day instructional course and summit climb will teach you some of the basics of glacier mountaineering, including self-arrest training, and glacier travel techniques, leading up to a summit attempt of Mt. Rainier. Successful completion of this program will give you the required skills for some of our more advanced expeditions. Prior to your summit climb, all team members will have an instructional gear check, during which you will review the functionality of each piece of gear and learn about wilderness ethics, Leave No Trace principles, and the mission statement of the National Park Service.
This three-day program, via the Muir Corridor/Disappointment Cleaver on Mt. Rainier, is the most popular climb on the mountain. It provides an extraordinary expedition experience while allowing you to attempt the summit with the greatest of ease and enjoyment. Our first night is spent in a private hut at Camp Muir (10,000 feet) that's already stocked with supplies, allowing for lighter packs on the approach. Our second night in a remote tent camp situated on the Ingraham Glacier at 11,000 feet gives us better acclimatization, a shorter summit day, and a wilderness experience as we climb ahead of the larger groups leaving Camp Muir. All necessary training takes place on the mountain, giving you more time to enjoy Rainier's wondrous beauty. This is our signature climb on the mountain. We look forward to having you join us this season.
Experience and Safety
Alpine Ascents has the best safety record in the business and our 25-plus years of guiding experience on the highest mountains in the world, as well as on Mount Rainier, is unparalleled. We aim to provide the same level of quality, service, safety and environmental stewardship that has been our trademark throughout the guiding community. (See more about us, our guides and staff)
This three-day approach provides great opportunity for summit success. Our Muir program is three full days (including two nights) on the mountain. Some companies list a four-day climb, but the actual summit climb is only two days (including just one night on the mountain). That requires you to climb up the mountain for training and return to a hotel at night. In addition to providing breakfast and dinners while on the mountain, all Alpine Ascents training is done on the Cowlitz Glacier and nearby snowfields out of Camp Muir, allowing you to better acclimatize, enjoy the mountain views from 10,000 feet, and avoid the cost of another hotel night.
Guide Ratio 2:1
With one guide for every two climbers you have more individualized instruction, great assistance on summit day and overall success and safety are increased. This 2:1 ratio makes for practically a private guiding experience. Our guides will be teachers and impart knowledge throughout the program.
High Camp 1,000 feet above Camp Muir (Shorter summit day)
On our Three-Day Muir Climb, we use an additional high camp, which puts you 1,000 feet closer to the summit. This allows you to be first on the upper mountain, avoiding the larger groups starting from Camp Muir.
Less Expensive - Seattle Based - No Rental Car Required
Alpine Ascents is the only guide service that drives you round-trip between Seattle and Mt. Rainier, thus offering a substantial savings. Our shuttle eliminates a $200 car rental and a complicated two-hour drive each way to the mountain. We also invite you to enjoy Seattle while in the Northwest. Our schedule can save you up to two hotel nights, since our trips do not leave the mountain after a day of training. Our trips are time-efficient as we offer a 2 p.m. gear check, allowing us to save a day as we head to the mountain early the next morning.
"Fabulous, your leaders were superb and inspired confidence in the group and took time every turn to teach and further explain climbing techniques. The leadership was much more professional than teams I have climbed with in the past." — Emilie
"The most organized and deftly executed climbs I have ever been on, it seemed as there was nothing they did not know about Rainier. It is a rare occurrence to spend time with people as professional and as motivated as my guide team." — Gil W
"This is the 5th time I have climbed with Alpine Ascents in the past 9 years. What I appreciate is consistency in the product. It is obvious that you are meticulous in selecting guides and ensure they adhere to safety and climbing principles." — David W.
Tents Equipment & Meals
Provided: All group climbing equipment: climbing ropes and technical hardware; tents, and meals (except lunches). Transportation is provided for this climb.
Not provided: Personal equipment. You are responsible for all items on the Gear List. Alpine Ascents has high quality gear for rent. See Rental Form
PREREQUISITES - 40 Pound Pack Required
Climbing Skill Level
This climb is open to any enthusiastic, physically fit novice, beginner or advanced beginner. One day of training is included in the climb. Prior experience with backpacking and camping is recommended.
In the best interest of personal safety, success and team compatibility, adequate training and excellent physical condition are required. Prior experience with backpacking and camping is recommended. Climbers must be able to carry an average of 40lbs or more. Climbers need to be in excellent physical condition for both personal enjoyment and to be an integral team member. We encourage you to contact us so that we may assist you in developing a training program that meets your particular needs. Comprehensive training information can be found here.
Alpine Ascents is deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, trek and course, we not only attempt to leave the environment as we found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. Alpine Ascents reaches for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad. Each staff member is dedicated to environmentally sound alpine ascents.
Environmental stewardship remains one of our core values, and we take Leave No Trace ethics and practices seriously. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of our courses and climbs, we teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices.
Our commitment to environmental stewardship can be seen on our programs around the world. Over the years, with the assistance of our Sherpa teams, we have stepped up efforts to clean Mt. Everest. Our Wag Bag® program made a pioneering step in human waste management for the National Park System and Forest Service in the North Cascades. On Aconcagua, we pioneered a waste removal system on our climbs, utilizing the WAG Bag® system. And we continue our maintenance and minimal impact plans wherever we guide. We believe that given the proper information, most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.
Alpine Ascents is committed to developing safe, self-reliant and environmentally conscious mountaineers.
We regularly organize private climbs for individuals, corporate groups, families and friends. We encourage you to book these climbs early, to help us be better able to fit these climbs to group-specific desires. Contact us to further discuss the benefits of private courses.