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The Camp Muir routes up Mount Rainier are all-time classics. Here's what to expect.

Oct 26, 2010
Outside Magazine
Mount Rainier

Click to enlarge.    Photo: Rainier Mountaineering, Inc.

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; rmi­ 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; and ALPINE ASCENTS INTERNATIONAL ($1,325; 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.

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