This 3-day instructional climb teaches you some of the basics of glacier mountaineering, including self-arrest training, as well as glacier and rope techniques while ascending this beautiful giant of the Cascades. We'll be traveling as high as Camp Muir, which at 10,000 feet, is the most popular base camp for climbers making a bid for the summit. On this climb, you'll get a taste of the alpine climbing experience, take in extravagant views and get up close and personal with Washington's highest peak! With a 3:1 climber to facilitator ratio, we offer a very personal experience from seasoned and knowledgeable adventure facilitators. (Please read remainder of the trip description for IMPORTANT information)
A certain level of fitness is necessary in order for the group to reach its camp at the top of the Muir snowfield (8 miles, 4640 feet of elevation gain, and a 10,080 foot high-point). It’s recommended that at the time of the climb, you have the level of fitness to be able to run 5 miles at a 10 minute mile pace (or a comparable equivalent). This is not a prerequisite, or requirement, but we believe that you and the rest of the group will have a better chance for an enjoyable experience if you were at that level when we started our climb.
Due to the tight timeline this trip will be departing no later than 4:00pm on Thursday September 13th. Please make arrangements so you are able to depart at this time. A mandatory pre-trip meeting will take place at the ORC on September 5th from 6pm-9pm. For your attendance on this trip it is required that you attend.
Trip rating is level 3. This trip will be physically challenging and strenuous; a moderate to high level of fitness is required for this program. While no mountaineering experience is required, experience backpacking and traveling in a winter environment are strongly preferred.
Trip cost includes: group gear, transportation, permits, and Adventure Facilitators.
Food, and clothing are NOT included.
Gear requirements for mountaineering are lengthy. The ORC will be providing mountaineering boots, ropes, harnesses, helmets, headlamps, tents, sleeping bags and other group gear. Appropriate clothing is required and not provided by the Outdoor Recreation Center. Please let us know if this is an issue so we can help in whatever way we can.
In order to minimize our environmental impact, maintain facilitator-to-participant ratios, meet permit criteria, and transportation logistics, ORC trips are often programmed for small groups (typically up to 6 participants with 2 facilitators). Late cancellations can seriously impact our ability to accommodate others and recover costs.
• Cancellations made up until 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline will receive a full refund.
• Cancellations made within 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline receive 50% refund.
• Sorry, no refunds are given past the registration deadline.
Prior experience backpacking with a heavy load and traveling in a winter environment is highly preferred.
During the Pretrip meeting participants are required to bring all of their equipment (including mountaineering boots, unless renting) to ensure that all equipment is appropriate for the program.