MEET YOUR HOSTS
There are three great guiding services on Rainier, each offering three-and-a-half-day training and summit climbs.
Since 1969, RAINIER MOUNTAINEERING INCORPORATED ($926; rmiguides.com) has guided 70,000 people on Rainier. Clients train at low elevation and spend one night at a spartan midmountain bunkhouse at Camp Muir. The cost doesn't include food ($126), gear rentals, or two nights of lodging just outside Mount Rainier National Park. INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN GUIDES ($1,250; mountainguides.com) and ALPINE ASCENTS INTERNATIONAL ($1,325; alpineascents.com) both began full-scale guiding on Rainier in 2007. Each spends two nights on the mountain—one at Camp Muir and one at a higher tent camp on a glacier—and train midmountain for a slightly more expedition feel. Both include breakfasts and dinners, and AAI tosses in transportation from the airport.