Why Climb Mount Rainier With Alpine Ascents?
- 3 Actual days climbing on the mountain (we do our training on the mountain)
- No need to rent a car (other services require a 4+ day car rental)
- No driving back and forth from the mountain and spending an extra night in a hotel (saves $100 in hotels).
- Climber to Guide ratio of 2:1 on summit day
- Two nights sleeping on the mountain instead of one
- Better acclimatization
- Instruction in self arrest, ice axe and crampon climbing and roped glacier travel.
- Our high camp is 2 hours above Camp Muir making a shorter summit day.
- Instruction in expedition camping and safe camp placement, Leave No Trace training.
EXPERIENCE - 20+ Years
Alpine Ascents has over 20 years experience guiding the world’s highest mountains and 10 years experience guiding on Mount Rainier with an outstanding success rate. From our inception in 1986, the founder, senior administrative staff and several senior guides are still working with Alpine Ascents and leading trips around the world. Our intent is to provide the same level of quality, service, safety and environmental stewardship that has been our trademark throughout the guiding community. More information on guides and office staff.
QUALITY OF OUR CLIMBS - Thorough Foundation
Alpine Ascents has taken a unique approach to climbing Mount Rainier. Our summit climbs and training programs are oriented not only towards summit success but in giving you instruction in mountaineering techniques that you can use where ever you chose to climb. Our dedication to teaching sound mountaineering practices such as Leave No Trace as well as providing you a better understanding of geology, glaciology and safe climbing are the cornerstone of our company. These programs often serve as prerequisite for other domestic and international programs.
GUIDE RATIO - 2:1
Alpine Ascents offers you a guide ratio of one guide for every two climbers on summit day. This allows for increased safety, more individualized instruction and more guides to assist on summit day.
HIGH CAMPS - Shorter Summit Day
On our Three Day Muir Climb we use an additional high camp which puts you 1000 feet closer to the summit and it allows you to be first on the upper mountain avoiding larger groups starting from Camp Muir and increasing your chances of summiting.
EXPEDITION STYLE - Efficient
This 3-day approach has never been offered before and provides great opportunity for summit success. Our Muir program is 3 full days (including 2 nights) on the mountain. Some companies list a 4-day climb but your actual summit climb is only 2 days (including just 1 night on the mountain) which require 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, Alpine Ascents does all our training out of Camp Muir allowing you to acclimatize better and avoid the cost of another hotel night.
SEATTLE BASED - No Rental Car Required
Alpine Ascents is the only guide service that drives you round trip Seattle -Mt Rainier - Seattle. Most climbers planning to climb Mount Rainier either live in Seattle area or will fly to Seattle from another destination. Our shuttle eliminates a $200 car rental and a complicated two hour drive each way to the mountain. Not only does our shuttle save you time and money by not having to make reservations, pick up a car and drive for several hours, it also eliminates up to 1000 extra cars being driven back and forth to Mount Rainier. All of Alpine Ascents’ vans use propane fuel which further reduces fossil fuel consumption.