Mount Rainier via the Kautz Glacier Route
Mount Rainier via the Kautz Glacier Route (14,410 feet) – A climb of Mount Rainier is a challenging undertaking no matter what route is taken, but a climb of the Kautz Glacier Route is an experience that most will remember for a lifetime!
A climb of Mount Rainier is a challenging undertaking no matter what route is taken, but a climb of the Kautz Glacier Route (14,410 feet) is an experience that most will remember for a lifetime! Mount Rainier is not just the highest point in the State of Washington, it is also the most glaciated peak in the lower 48 with 25 named glaciers circling this massive volcano. The Kautz Glacier route is a good choice for people that have climbed other routes on Mount Rainier and want a new challenge on this mountain, or for climbers that have acquired the skills and experiences elsewhere and are wanting to attempt a challenging climb on an iconic peak of North America.
The Kautz Route on Mount Rainier is a rigorous undertaking and requires prior experience and excellent physical conditioning. Climbers will encounter glaciated terrain for almost all of the climb as well as slopes upwards of 60 degrees on summit day. It is for these reasons that we require each climber to have previously taken our Ice Climbing 101 Course or equivalent prior to this climb.
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Summer 2023 Dates:
– July 1-5, 2023 (3 spots left!)
– Price: $2,995
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July 1 (Day 1): Fly into Seattle and meet with your guides in the afternoon at a convenient location in the South Hill vicinity to do a gear check, safety talk and discussion of the flow of the trip.
July 2 (Day 2): The group will start in the parking lot at Paradise and begin on the trail to Panorama Point before dropping down onto and crossing the Lower Nisqually Glacier. After an ascent up onto the Wilson Bench, the team will make camp here for the first night on the mountain. A review of glacier travel techniques and self arrest will also take place on this day.
July 3 (Day 3): After packing up camp, the team will move camp to a safe location near Camp Hazard, which will be high camp for the next two nights and where the summit day will be based.
July 4 (Day 4): Summit Day begins very early and the fun begins almost immediately! After descending a small rock cliff with either lowers or rappels, the team will then traverse to the base of the gully that must be ascended to get to the tongue of the Kautz Glacier. This is the crux of the day and will likely require a a few pitches of belayed climbing. After completing the climb through the gully and cresting over the Wapowety Cleaver, the route then meanders on more moderate slopes until reaching the Columbia Crest (summit). After the summit, the team will descend the route of ascent back to camp for the night.
July 5 (Day 5): The team will pack up camp and reverse the route from the first two days back to Paradise. From here, the team can head down to Ashford for a celebratory lunch and then depart for home.