The Pacific Northwest has long been considered the premier destination for beginner-level glacier mountaineering. This five-day course gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to climb glaciated peaks of the Pacific Northwest without a guide, and provides an opportunity to summit a glaciated peak. Examples of peaks this course prepares students to climb include Mt. Adams, Baker, Shuksan, Glacier Peak, Mt. Olympus, and Mt. Rainier by the standard routes. Climbing these peaks requires a high level of physical fitness, experience in expedition planning, and skills in navigation, glacier travel, and crevasse rescue. We will cover all of this as part of the course. This course includes a summit of either Mt. Baker or Mt. Shuksan.
Skills Covered during the course:
- Clothing and equipment selection
- Expedition planning and the permit process
- Group travel techniques
- Mountain navigation
- Travel time estimates
- Campsite selection and set-up
- Camp cooking
- staying warm in an alpine environment
- High elevation concerns
- Rope management
- Glacier travel techniques
- Knots and hitches
- Walking on snow with and without crampons
- Self-arrest with and without an ice axe
- Self-arrest on a rope team
- Placing snow protection
- Shortening and lengthening the rope
- Hazard assessment
- Basic Crevasse Rescue: Self rescue
- Basic Crevasse Rescue: Partner rescue
We will have a logistics meeting and gear check at least three days before your trip is scheduled to depart.
Duration5 Days 4 Nights Camping
PassportNot Required for Americans
Minimum Age13 years old
ActivityMountaineering and Instruction
- Stoves/Cook Kits
- Group climbing equipment
- Guide Services
- Pre-trip Planning/Information session on packing and gear
- Backpacking, mountaineering, and general outdoor safety skills
- Transportation (We will help arrange carpools)
- Parking or entry fees
- Gratuities for Guides
If you are interested in doing any climbing or hiking but need a guide , I highly recommend Miyar Adventures...Sandeep is a wonderful person and you will actually learn (and practice ) climbing and crevasse rescue techniques in addition to the trip/climb ...it is definitely beyond a just a "get you to the summit" experience. He genuinely cares and brings in other excellent guides for bigger groups. My husband and I recently successfully made it to the summit of Mount Baker with Sandeep, two other guides and a group of friends and we had a fantastic experience. He and the guides he works with are very knowledgeable so I had confidence in their abilities to lead us but they are also very friendly and fun so that overall trip was enjoyable. I will definitely climb with Miyar Adventures again!
What an awesome experience to go on climbing Mt. Rainier with Miyar Adventures. Sandeep and his team of guides ( Kirk, Alexis, Joe, Ben, Chris, Jasmin ) did an awesome job to lead the multiple rope teams trough snow skill preparations and guiding through safely on glacier journey. The amount of efforts put into multi-month preparation, pre-trip meetings, accessibility to gears for rent and attention to details with food/weight/personal gears were all instrumental in almost all of us (in a group of 24) able to summit Mt. Rainier and have wonderful memories. We knew we were in best company and safe hands with prior experience with Miyar Adventures led climb to Mt. Baker and few other preparation trips. And guides calibrated their approach from novice climbers to experienced climbers to push enough to have an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend to go with Miyar Adventures on amazing trips they have lined up around the Puget Sound Area and internationally.
Sandeep is possibly the best person (Miyar and guides) in the business to take you on the mountains. Anyone who has trained with him to summit Rainier over the years can tell you how much he cares about his peeps. Talk to him and he can always find a way to make it happen. I have been trying to climb Rainier for few years with personal constraints (need to be always available, can return anytime, 24*7 sat phone access etc) and many times I had to return mid climb from big ones like Baker and Rainier. It was really easy to talk to the guides about this situation. I never once felt unsafe on the mountains. This is a big deal given how much we learnt when it comes to snow skills and glacier training. Be safe and go with Miyar!