The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Climbing Mount Rainier

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Alpine Ascents International
3-5 $550 camping
American Alpine Institute
3-5 $590 camping
Cascade Alpine Guides
800-981-0381, 425-688-8054
3-5 $590 camping
Mount Rainier Alpine Guides
3-5 $565 camping
Rainier Mountaineering Inc.
Daily $485-$560 camping

The Route: Climb with rope, ice ax, and crampons to the 14,410-foot summit of the highest glaciated peak in the Lower 48, via either the Muir or Emmons Glacier route.

When to go: May to September

Difficulty: Strenuous

Travel advisory: Except for longtime park concessionaire RMI, all the listed outfitters have temporary permits. Before you plan your trip, check with each company to make sure it has a permit for the 1998 season.

High/low points:

  • Being warmed by the first rays of morning sun as you complete Disappointment Cleaver, the most grueling section of the Muir route.
  • Performing a snowy face-plant while practicing self-arrest on the first day.

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