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Four Day Summit Climb

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    Price
    $1042
    Deposit
    $350
    Duration
    4 days
    Difficulty
    Level 2
    Type
    Mountaineering
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Four Day Summit Climb

Four Day Summit Climb

The undisputed classic climb of Mt. Rainier. If there is one standout program to get you to the top of Mt. Rainier, this is it. It is the best introduction to mountaineering anywhere in the lower 48 states.

CLIMB HIGHLIGHTS

  • An afternoon orientation and one full day of mountaineering training to prepare for the climb.
  • Climb to Camp Muir with minimal gear as much of the equipment (shelter, cooking equipment, fuel, ropes, anchors, etc.) is already stored there.
  • Utilize the mountain hut at Camp Muir (10,060'), sitting high alongside Mt. Rainier's glaciers.
  • Experience the classic Mt. Rainier climb, ascending 9,000' from its alpine meadows to its glacier-capped summit.

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As Mt. Rainier's definitive summer climb, RMI's Four Day Summit Climb is the classic adventure for anyone interested in or involved in mountaineering. Focusing on team building and training, the first two days prepare us for our climb with an afternoon orientation and a Mountaineering Day School. We then ascend Mt. Rainier's lower slopes to Camp Muir (10,060'), where we stay for the evening and prepare for the climb ahead. On summit day, an alpine start brings us up the Ingraham Glacier or Disappointment Cleaver route to the mountain's summit. With a short time commitment, this climb is ideal for anyone looking to attempt one of America's great mountaineering challenges.

THE RMI DIFFERENCE

The Mountain Guides at RMI have a reputation as top guides in the United States. RMI Guides participated in some of America's first ventures into the far reaches of the Himalaya. Years of expedition guiding and climbing around the world have built a core of consummate professional guides.

Our guides are celebrated teachers and trainers, known for their leadership as well as their character. They possess the compassion, enthusiasm and ability to empower others and inspire them forward. Such qualities may only be found in people at the top of their profession. Despite their vast experience, RMI Guides still remember their own first steps into the mountains, and enjoy helping other climbers reach new heights.

Our exceptional focus to detail, our unparalleled level of climber attention, and our genuine excitement for these adventures make our programs truly memorable.

SAFETY

RMI strives to create the safest mountain experience possible. Our experienced team of guides focuses on leading fun and successful climbs without compromising safety. Each climb includes careful pre-trip planning, daily weather forecasts, avalanche forecasts, and diligent attention to detail. All RMI Guides are highly trained in remote medicine and rescue skills and carry comprehensive medical kits, rescue equipment, and radio communication equipment throughout the program. Regardless of the objective or the destination, safety remains RMI’s top priority.

As you prepare for your upcoming adventure please feel free to contact our office and speak directly to one of our experienced guides regarding equipment, conditioning, the route, or any other questions you may have about our programs. We are available Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (888) 89-CLIMB or info@rmiguides.com.

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RMI Expeditions is an authorized concessioner of Mount Rainier National Park.

Climber Reviews

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07/21/2016
The trip was conducted in a safe manner. However we were still able to have fun. It did not seem like their goal was to only get as many people to the summit and back down so that they could do it again. Instead they shared their expertise and experience and summitting was only an added bonus.
Kevin H.

07/21/2016
This was my first time using a guide service and the experience was even better than I had hoped for. The guides and the way the entire company is run are top-notch and I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Candus W.

07/20/2016
The guides were great. RMI truly has an elite team.
J P.

07/19/2016
The friendly and knowledgeable guides, the focus on safety, the atmosphere set by RMI, and the excellent team members.
Katie F.

07/18/2016
I love meeting new guides and making friends with the climbers in my group.
Brandon B.

07/18/2016
Guides kept the energy level high
Casey C.

07/18/2016
I really enjoyed meeting the people. My fellow teammates and the wonderful guides. It was wonderful!
Ken A.

07/18/2016
Good experiences with everyone I came into contact with. From all the staff at Whittakers, to the RMI guides, I am satisfied completely.
Maressa V.

07/18/2016
Loved reaching the summit - which was directly a result of all the help and guidance by RMI! Also love the sense of community that RMI kind of inducts you in - the environment around the bunkhouse, grill etc is great. Beers with the team is also a great way to end the trip.
Biren B.

07/18/2016
By the time we were walking back down the Muir snow field we were telling stories with the team and guides as if we've been friends forever. Rmi does an outstanding job of providing guides who are both the best at what they do mountaineering wise but also very personable and sociable. Just the best experience i could've possibly hoped for.
Eric C.

07/18/2016
The experience as a whole was unique as this was my first guided climb. All three guides were very friendly and it really showed that they have a passion for what they do.
Thomas C.

07/18/2016
I really thought the duration was the perfect length. Breaks feel short, but is a necessity to get up and down the mountain in a timely manner.
Alice L.

07/17/2016
The guides and the climb itself. The guides truly made this an amazing climb and their leadership and professionalism went above and beyond my expectations at all times.
Patrick K.

07/14/2016
Everything was spot on.
Nicholas G.

07/14/2016
Very transparent about what was going on and what we should be doing to make it to the top. I liked all my guides and had a great time.
Marc R.

07/14/2016
The mix of people, the time on the mountain, the experience and instruction from the guides.
Chad L.

07/13/2016
RMI by far exceeded my expectations. I had no idea how much i would benefit from working with the RMI team - everything from ensuring we had the right gear to ensuring we were safe on the mountain. This was my first climb, so the skills day was perfect - learning how to rest step, walk in crampons, and pressure breathing. Our guides were top notch - Paul, Christina, and Jessie were all great at what they do and really worked well as a team. I will definitely use RMI again!
Jennifer D.

07/13/2016
I enjoyed the camaraderie of the team. Amazing how close you get to people in 48 hours.
Kim H.

07/11/2016
Professional and organized. All details were accounted for. The experience of the company really shows.
Garo B.

07/11/2016
This is our second trip with RMI ( we completed MT Kilimanjaro in 2014) and each experience has exceeded our expectations. We have referred RMI to others who have completed trips and others who have trips planned.
Jan G.

07/11/2016
Always felt safe and learned a lot during the trip. It was very fun and look forward to my next mountain.
Eli L.

07/11/2016
I have experienced adventure travel on four continents with multiple outfitters, guide services, etc. RMI is the most thorough, communicative, professionally run adventure travel company I have experienced, bar none. As a result, I will continue to be a loyal customer. Looking for the next climb now!
Charles T.

07/10/2016
Learning from extremely knowledgeable guides. Seeing how they think and problem solve hazards was also great to see. The guides made this trip a success.
Clive M.

07/10/2016
The most enjoyable aspect of the trip was not only the positive interactions with our guides, but the team-based approach the guides instilled on our climb. Not only was I responsible for getting myself up the mountain safely, we were all responsible for the safety of each other. I quickly became thankful for the hard work our guides put into teaching us necessary skills, promoting a positive morale during the ascent and descent, and maintaining the route for both guided and private climbs. I can definitely say I learned much more about mountaineering, my mental strength, and my body's physical strength. Thank you, Steve, Brent, and Jenny!
Alayna W.

07/09/2016
Fantastic experience, already thinking about what to do next with RMI.
Matt P.

07/08/2016
The experience of the guides and their ability to take calculated risks that are needed to climb a dangerous mountain.
Alexander C.

07/08/2016
I really enjoyed the structure of the program and itinerary. Mountaineering skills were taught, learned, and practiced in one day which I felt was the appropriate level of training needed for the climb. Our guides were awesome! They really took care of us - closely monitoring us, providing feedback on technique and safety. They were also genuinely encouraging of the efforts and level-set my expectations for the tough climb, which was refreshing in contrast to the "be tough" or "this is easy" attitudes that I've experienced on other guided adventures.
Emelissa B.

07/07/2016
The scenery, the guides, and the sense of team work. Was an amazing adventure and we will never forget it.
Jon M.

07/07/2016
HTe friendly guides and the way they got the group to open up with each other so quickly.
Matthew S.

07/06/2016
Great adventure- guides were awesome.
Tim W.

07/04/2016
The journey and team work provided by all to make us all successful.
Kate K.

06/30/2016
The sense of accomplishment and the sheer beauty of summiting. Looking out at the world from the top of the crater was pretty breathtaking as was the feeling I got looking back at the mountain on the way to Seattle and realizing i had climbed it!
Akshay S.

06/30/2016
The moment of the summit. Hanging out at Camp Muir.
Michael N.

06/30/2016
Fun time would use RMI for any climbs I do where I need a guide.
Beau L.

06/30/2016
Attitudes, motivation level, intensity
Richard A.

06/29/2016
It's hard to describe just one thing, but the professionalism of Billy, Leon, Jesse, Megan and others has left a huge impression - RMI has given me the mountaineering 'bug', and that's in no small part due to the phenomenal team. I'm sure I pestered the guides with too many questions along the route, but they were always patient and happy to answer. Bravo.
John H.

06/29/2016
Reaching the summit was the overall highlight but the process to get there was also top notch. That was all due to the guides.
Ben I.

06/29/2016
The summit attempt and pushing through my comfort zone
James D.

06/28/2016
Overall I had an excellent experience with RMI and have no reason to select another guide service for my climbing needs. If you go where I want to go, I will go with you!
Sam S.

06/28/2016
What an awesome experience! Very challenging for me (a beginner), but I felt safe, well-cared for, and supported throughout the climb. The opportunity to climb with Dave Hahn, in particular, was just awesome, couldn't have hoped for a better guide! Lots of memories from those few days!
Lauren L.

06/27/2016
Learning new skills and being above the clouds
Lenore G.

06/27/2016
Climbing with Dave Hahn and the incredible views the morning of our summit climb.
Roman L.

06/27/2016
Leon was great and the pacing of the climb was delibrate but not exhausting.
Randy G.

06/27/2016
RMI provided me with essential information to prepare me for the trip, so that on climb day I felt prepared, relaxed and was able to really enjoy the experience.
Inger A.

06/27/2016
Our guides - Leon, Bryan, and Paul were superb! I enjoyed learning more about my capabilities and endurance...and the opportunity to do this with my two sons was a very treasured time!
George D.

06/24/2016
It's impossible to choose one thing. The entire trip was so very memorable. I feel like we all got so close in such a short amount of time, that was perhaps my favorite thing. But also being in a situation where you had to really push yourself to do things you've never done before. That was great.
Natalie G.

06/23/2016
Everything! Of course, the cilmb and reaching the summit. But, the guides were by far the best part - they really knew their stuff and they encouraged us every step that we were going to make it, even after a week of terrible weather. They always made us feel safe and we thoroughly enjoyed learning from them!
Skye M.

06/22/2016
I commend the guides for hacking a path to the top. They could have turned around (others did), but they made it happen. Our guides were also very efficient when someone couldn't press any further.
Matt S.

06/22/2016
Being with the group for four days and all working on the same project of sharing a lifetime memory.
Dave J.

06/21/2016
I enjoyed learning the basics of mountaineering from some of the best guides in the world and the beauty of Mount Rainier.
Daniel A.

06/21/2016
I always felt that Mike, Chris and Joe had the team's best interests in mind and that safety was not just something they talked about, but something they actively championed and demonstrated. I appreciated that they were vocal in warning, challenging and selecting team members that they felt were not prepared to go further and I agreed with their assessments. The reason I selected RMI was because I trusted the judgment of the organization and with it the judgment of the guides to stay safe and at the same time give it the best shot of getting to the top. This trip confirmed for me that I made the right choice.
Walter W.

06/20/2016
This was my first mountaineering experience and I really just enjoyed the beauty of the mountain itself most of all. Otherwise, Mike and his team's true love of the mountains really shone through, which was inspiring to me.
Philip T.

06/19/2016
It's hard to pick what I enjoyed most because overall it was an extremely enjoyable experience. Our guides made the trip very enjoyable. They were super friendly, kept us all in the loop, and a fun crew to be around.
Elizabeth W.

06/17/2016
The 4-day climb was great! We didn't make the summit due to snow conditions, but we had a really positive, fun experience. My brother and I are hoping to come back next year and try again! Thanks for such a great experience!
Zachary V.

06/16/2016
I thought the guides, organization, and overall approach/schedule were great. Appreciated the gear check and skills day. My nerves were calmed, I learned a great deal (especially in regards to being an "efficient" climber), and felt confident in my abilities to summit (had weather-permitted), which I had been worried about.
Elizabeth P.

06/15/2016
Everything :) The guides were amazing. It was a hell of a ride. The weather did not hold up for us at all which at times made it more challenging and in some ways more exciting. Through it all we had a blast, were made as comfortable as possible while also knowing that our safety was top priority.
Kristy B.

06/14/2016
Meeting the new people in the group and experiencing what RMI and Mt. Rainier has to offer. I wouldn't trade the things I learned and the people I met for a summit. I will come back another day for the summit.
Todd V.

06/14/2016
The guides were fantastic, the facilities well set-up for everything we needed (gear store, restaurant, bar, motel), and of course the mountain is spectacular. Everything went off without a hitch! It was nice to feel like RMI was a well-oiled machine.
Marty (Martha) S.

06/14/2016
Great overall venue and superior guides. Great training and adventure.
David L.

06/14/2016
The education on the entire trip, it takes a lot of time on behalf of the guides, but it is invaluable and fun.
Brad B.

06/14/2016
The communication from the guides and the overall organization of the climb. Good team building skills. Also the concern for team safety over the goal to summit. That takes a lot of skill and knowledge and leadership...and courage.
Jon M.

06/14/2016
The learning, the guides, and the views!
Andy M.

06/13/2016
Learning new skills that I will use on future adventures and completing a huge personal challenge
Alison L.

06/13/2016
The depth of experience of the guides, the fact that they anticipated issues that would come up and gave us all the information we needed to know to understand how to make the climb safely, but without letting worrying about these safety concerns get in the way of having fun.
Calvin S.

06/13/2016
the attention to detail the guides provided. They all did an excellent job in making sure the climbers were prepared for the trip. To be honest, I enjoyed the whole thing. It exceeded my expectations and I will definitely be going on another climb with RMI in the future.
Fernando C.

06/13/2016
i will recommend RMI to anyone i meet, you guys are top notch. what i liked most about our trip is we were treated like family, not customers. it was like i had 3 brothers guiding me up the mountian.
Kyle M.

06/11/2016
Trip was great! Overall RMI is a great operation and i will absolutely be doing another climb with RMI. thx
Joe S.

06/11/2016
Guides, beer in Ashford. It was nice to do something where everybody was in a good mood all the time; from our Guides, to the people manning the stores and bar.
Ashley E.

06/10/2016
I was incredibly satisfied about the overall program. I am impressed with the knowledge and endurance of the guides and I have total respect for them and the rest of the staff. I loved being there and I felt encouraged.
Lauren R.

06/10/2016
The guides were great and I could not have succeeded my goal of reaching the summit without them. The trip was very well run and organized, and the guides made it a lot of fun.
Jeanne C.

06/10/2016
Besides being able to summit, I really appreciated the guides expectations of the climbers. It was extremely well structured and all of the guides were very pleasant.
Kevin S.

06/09/2016
Thanks for a great climb to the full team!
Richard W.

06/06/2016
Clear instructions and guidance leading up to the climb. EXCELLENT guides, Mike, Joe and Paul were amazing. They made the trip.
Jeremy E.

06/05/2016
I enjoyed talking to the guides the most. Their wealth of mountaineering knowledge and personal attention made this trip memorable.
Daniel W.

06/05/2016
Every minute on the mountain!
Te-Yuan H.

06/04/2016
Finishing !! it was rigorous and personally challenging, but to see my son climb almost to the summit was very rewarding.
Joel K.

06/03/2016
The views! Overall positive environment that gave you the space and encouragement to push yourself.
Diana R.

06/02/2016
I learned a ton about mountaineering. Always felt safe.
Matthew B.

06/02/2016
The guides showed the power and importance of being positive, no matter what. I returned to my clinic this week committed to live that way, and already doors are opening in my relationship with my staff that I never thought could be opened. I am better for having had this experience.
Benjamin W.

06/01/2016
Just being on the mountain among like minded people.
Jason S.

05/31/2016
The most important thing for me was safety and I never thought I would feel as comfortable on the upper mountain as I did. During the climb I wasn't sure I'd make it up and consistently told myself this was the only mountain I would ever climb - now I'm planning my next trip!
Katie M.

05/31/2016
The mountain speaks for itself, but the guides are the real hero's at RMI. You look at the photos and pay your fees thinking about summiting a mountain. But we clients don't walk away from the mountain having conquered anything. If we're lucky the RMI guides have been able to help us reach our goals and then bring us home safely, but make no mistake that none of us were able to climb that mountain without the RMI guides making it possible. We read about those professional climbers with branded gear and full page spreads in Outside or Climbing magazines, but I came away from this climb knowing that it's the guides that make this sport a reality for people like me. I'm eternally grateful to them for that service and look forward to continuing to climb harder and bigger mountains with their guidance.
Shane K.

05/31/2016
I really enjoyed climbing with the group and the guides. Everyone had a great personality and attitude making it very enjoyable even for those of us who aren't regular climbers. Good people are so hard to find, I think you're lucky to have a group like this one.
Jonathan W.

05/30/2016
Thank you for providing ordinary people an opportunity to do something extraordinary!
Sam H.

05/30/2016
Aside from the breathtaking views on the mountain and attempting to accomplish a lifelong goal, it was mostly learning to climb with my two friends who came with me on the trip and building a trust/friendship with the guides.
Chris J.

05/30/2016
That despite the horrible weather, the RMI guides, Walter and Adam, continued to keep focused on getting as many of us safely to summit as possible - even though well less than half of the team made it, and even with the terrible wind, cold, and precipitation..
Michael S.

05/29/2016
Honestly it is hard to pick out one thing I enjoyd the most about the trip. If I was to pick one thing it would be short changing other aspects of the trip. The guides were excellent, the views were great, and the overall introduction to the sport was amazing.
Joshua W.

05/26/2016
I think the whole experience was truly remarkable and I really enjoyed the camaraderie within the group. Even though we were only together a few days it felt much longer. Making it to the summit was obviously very enjoyable but it honestly would have been just as fun if we had to turn around early.
Robert T.

05/23/2016
"A huge thanks again to Casey, Paul, and Walter for safely guiding our group to the summit and back. Your level of professionalism, knowledge, enthusiasm, and concern for our safety completely blew me away. It was very obvious to me that each of you are extremely passionate about guiding. I learned so much over the past few days and very much appreciate the enormous effort that each of you contributed to make it a fun, educational, and thoroughly enjoyable four days. I look forward to climbing the next peak with you and RMI... after I recover from this trip of course :-)"
Paul M.

05/22/2016
I loved how much I learned, even about things that I thought I knew about. Also, i was blown away by the scenery and beauty of Mount Rainier.
Gordon C.

05/21/2016
"The education received - have done many hikes before, but learning correct ice axe and crampon techniques, as well as a few rules of thumb on safety conditions - in addition to being an amazing overall experience, it was also very educational. I plan to do multiple additional climbs with RMI in the future."
Tom L.

05/21/2016
The guides enthusiasm and love or the outdoors and the mountaineering experience
Kylen R.

05/19/2016
Looking back at the experience (and pictures) I am amazed at what was accomplished. Not once was I fearful or did I feel that I was asked to do anything dangerous. The guides were incredibly intuitive to how high each person could reach, without placing themselves or the group in danger. I cannot say enough good things about the guides I encountered.
Clark H.

05/19/2016
Just an overall great experience. Reaching the summit was probably my most enjoyed moment. Although we were only there for a few minutes due to the weather it was still really exciting.
Matthew R.

05/19/2016
I enjoyed the leadership of the guides, the commentary and education about the mountain that they provided, and fact that we pushed on through some interesting weather near the summit.
Matthew D.

05/15/2016
The overall experience was amazing. The guides did a great job at doing their best to look after everyone on the team throughout the climb and always checked in to see how people were doing. This made every one feel safe and comfortable and they made sure those who were capable were going to summit.
Mara M.

03/07/2016
The rush of adrenaline on summit day (or night) when you're gearing up to get it. Climbing over deep crevasses, watching the sun rise on the high mountain...the summit is pretty cool too! The whole experience was epic.
Will G.

10/20/2015
The flow of the whole operation made everything very seamless and easy. Everyone was so professional and well trained. Great experience.
Seth T.

10/18/2015
Obviously the climbing, but the skill and professionalism of all the guides was absolutely incredible. I wish I dealt with people that skilled and professional everyday in my day job.
Charles G.

10/18/2015
Brent's leadership and willingness to share his experience, the education was worth the trip. Outstanding!
Chris C.

10/09/2015
The majesty of the mountain!
Brodie W.

09/30/2015
Getting up at 1am and climbing in the night is the most memorable experience. Hopefully next year it is seeing the sunrise from the top of the mountain.
Jason B.

09/26/2015
I didn't make it to the summit, but still felt a sense of accomplishment. now I have a better understanding of what and how to train- perspective
Martin P.

09/26/2015
Great climb, great people.
Peter K.

09/24/2015
The guides were great and the people I met were outstanding.
Fred C.

09/23/2015
Great Guide staff. Had tons of fun. Very informative and would want the same guides on my next climb with RMI
Randolph C.

09/23/2015
The experience
Lukas L.

09/22/2015
I liked the bonding with the guides and other team members. The sunrises and the sunsets. Looking at the stars while sitting at 12000'. Lou Whittaker coming over at our climb wrap-up and sharing stories.
Christopher R.

09/21/2015
Professional and thorough in guiding us all the way to the top.
Scott B.

09/18/2015
Whatever the difficulty, I keep remind myself that I am in a beautiful environment
Chrystel V.

09/18/2015
Learning and getting a chance to climb with great guides and other climbers.
Greg C.

09/18/2015
The overall challenge and adventure with a team. As this was something new to me (mountain climbing), having a set agenda in mind helped immensely.
Nico F.

09/12/2015
the guides were great and the mountain was awesome
Matt B.

09/12/2015
The commitment to getting out and getting up the mountain.
Phil L.

09/12/2015
Great structure, I was constantly challenged, but never overwhelmed. Even though we weren't able to summit, this was still an incredible experience, and I look forward to my next trip.
Patrick G.

09/12/2015
time with my sons and best friend
Bill M.

09/11/2015
Being able to experience the mountain and enjoy a rewarding and education outdoor adventure.
David S.

09/10/2015
The guides were badasses. They took us all the way up to 11,600' even though they could have easily said that there was not hope of leaving muir.
Matthew O.

09/10/2015
The over all team building practices you employ. The importance of that and safety combined. The guides were extremely encouraging and fun to work with.
Albert W.

09/10/2015
I loved the experience of being up on the Glaciers, learning new techniques, and I really loved Zeb, Hanna and Steve. They were excellent and even though we were stiffed because of bad weather on the Cleaver, I had a blast. I can't wait to go back and do more with RMI.
Nathaniel W.

09/10/2015
I loved the overall experience! The training sessions really put me at ease and the two day climb was structured and the communication excellent of what to expect. The intensity at wake up was a bit much--60 mins goes really fast, but the guides were supportive and helpful. Intense decisions after Disappointment Cleaver were tough as well--but again the guides did well. I loved reaching the summit. It was an amazing experience all the way around.
Stefanie H.

09/08/2015
pretty much everything about the whole experience. Well maybe not the outhouses so much, but at least they are there.
Mike H.

09/04/2015
making the summit, pushing myself through limits
Steve B.

09/04/2015
Very impressed with RMI. I most enjoyed the dangerous and difficult conditions during our summit attempt, with 70mph gusts and significant rock fall, plus a crevasse fall. They were intense moments, but highly memorable. The guides were great (especially Mike King), and the training and whole experience was superb.
Daniel W.

09/01/2015
I will go out of my way to recommend RMI.
Zach C.

09/01/2015
Meeting fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Learning all about necessary mountain skills.
Anna V.

09/01/2015
The guides seemed extremely competent, allowing me and my friends to focus on the physically demanding part of the climb.
Taylor W.

08/31/2015
being in the mountians
Harshikesh P.

08/30/2015
Camaraderie. Our group gelled really well. It was great hanging out with everyone.
Andrew H.

08/30/2015
Teamwork, Physical Challenge, Mental Challenge
John M.

08/30/2015
The bonding experience with my fellow climbers.
Mary N.

08/29/2015
Culmination of a 20+ year dream with professional, helpful, and friendly guides.
Andrew S.

08/29/2015
The professional staff and the breathtaking scenery!
Jennifer H.

08/28/2015
The entire experience: learning new skills and accomplishing a difficult climb.
Ryan M.

08/27/2015
Being with friends, stepping outside of my comfort zone, the beauty of the park and mountain
Andrea F.

08/27/2015
My enjoyment came from the group I climbed with, great friends and lots of laughs.
Janet H.

08/26/2015
Aside from the thrill of traversing a glacier, I most enjoyed spending time with the team. The guides and all the other climbers were wonderful people with great stories to tell. It makes me really want to come back and climb again.
Molly P.

08/26/2015
The whole experience was pretty surreal. I wasn't quite sure what to expect or how hard it would be but once we made it to the summit everything was worth it.
Nathan V.

08/25/2015
I enjoyed most the ability to conquer a challenging physical test, but I appreciated the concerns the guides had for my safety as well for making sure I was prepared to ascend the upper mountain and enjoy my time there!
Steven S.

08/25/2015
The guides.
Scott C.

08/25/2015
Besides reaching summit, I enjoyed very much mountaineering school day, this was my first mountain climbing experience and I felt that the techniques we learned on the previous day were very helpful and made me feel safe and confident.
Manola M.

08/25/2015
I really liked that the entire trip from the arrival to the return to Ashford was active and fun. We always had something to do, but it wasn't overbearing.
Ian I.

08/24/2015
Being part of a good team
Jennifer B.

08/24/2015
Climbing with someone who has summited Everest. I would have paid extra for the privilege but I got it for free.
Brad R.

08/24/2015
This was an awesome experience. The planning and timing of everything was exact.
Jason G.

08/23/2015
Obviously getting to the summit was what I enjoyed most, however I also really enjoyed how the guides pushed you to continue on and be strong. The encouragement really helps when it gets tough.
Ryan L.

08/22/2015
The low rating above was about the level of difficulty. RMI did their part, it was just much harder than expected. Hard to have a great experience when in pain.
Doug S.

08/21/2015
It was more physically challenging than I thought it would be, which made it that much better when we summited. All the guides were fantastic!
Allyson W.

08/21/2015
Ladder bridges, good people, pizza, beer and the summit!
Nicholas H.

08/20/2015
My climbing group became very close before, during, and after. I know this must vary from group to group, but it is really incredible to have formed such strong bonds with people who were strangers to me 4 months ago.
Megan Y.

08/20/2015
The whole experience was crazy. It was amazing to see the insides of Rainier (crevasses) like most people aren't able to. The route was super fun, despite being too dangerous to allow us to summit. The hut, prep for the climb and everything was so great too (compared to setting up tents in a blizzard).
Sarah S.

08/20/2015
Everything was top notch. From the staff at coffee shop, shuttle bus driver, rental shop staff, food servers...to a person this was the best service possible. I have stayed at many top resorts across the country and the people here are second to none. The guides were great, and they made sure our total experience was the best it could be. I would never consider climbing with another outfitter since RMI did such a great job.
Kevin F.

08/19/2015
New skills learned and what I learned about myself.
David M.

08/19/2015
I just enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people and enjoy a unique experience with everyone. It was certainly one of the most challenging experiences I have ever done and would not have been able to have done it without the support of those around me.
Luis C.

08/18/2015
Just the overall experience. Guides make you feel comfortable with whatever is at hand.
Charlie D.

08/18/2015
I really enjoyed climbing to the tippy top and seeing jake and a few other up at top. It was like a whole nother world up there. Lindsay and the whole group of guides were awesome but it was really cool to see a true uncommunicated bond connected at the top with jake and Lindsay. Truly life changing.
Wilson D.

08/18/2015
I enjoyed the overall positive atmosphere everyone exhibited on the trip
Aaron A.

08/18/2015
Leon and his team were incredible. Their attention to all of the details was amazing. They were the best part of this experience.
Steve H.

08/18/2015
Competence. Set-up at base. Great drivers.
David H.

08/18/2015
All 3 of my RMI climbs have been very enjoyable. Each a different experience and learned new things. No complaints with RMI and their staff/guides!
Brian P.

08/18/2015
Everything about this trip was enjoyable from start to finish. I gained an experience and knowledge that I will never forget and will use in later expeditions. This was the best adventure ever!
Rebecca A.

08/17/2015
The leadership through out the trip was key for the success. I honestly thinking of doing it again.
Wilfredo O.

08/16/2015
All four of my group summited and had fun!
Bob S.

08/15/2015
so well planned and allowed enough time for success but kept moving to avoid losing energy, etc. - an excellent agenda that was integral in my successful summit attempt. Pacing is huge and the guides had it down to a perfect science. Also- the guides' support was respectful and realistic and really increased my confidence in my own growing abilities.
Karen S.

08/15/2015
I enjoyed the challenge of the summit climb and climbing with my friends the most.
Tim W.

08/14/2015
I was lucky enough to climb with a team from Eddie Bauer and Melissa who I've trekked with before. As a result the dynamic was really fun and positive and I had more trust in my rope team to get me home at the end of the day.
Kirsten K.

08/11/2015
EVRETHING, the company, the team, the training, the climb, very happy over all!!!
Juan G.

08/11/2015
I thoroughly enjoyed the guidance and support from the guide team. They were able to lead us with ease, prepared us well for each portion of the climb, and always seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Megan D.

08/10/2015
One of the most amazing experiences of my life. Thanks rmi for providing it.
Tim W.

08/10/2015
I enjoy learning new techniques and spending time on the mountain. I enjoy chatting with the guides and meeting new people.
Ben S.

08/09/2015
The climb :)
Eva C.

08/08/2015
andrew and stoney are wonderful people. really enjoyed them.
Andreia G.

08/07/2015
Making new friends and sharing the experience. Plus, Ed Viesturs is a hero of mine and to be able to share the mountain with him - and the summit - was icing on the cake. Also seeing Peter Whittaker and Melissa Arnot on the mountain was simply amazing. Honestly, the trip could not have gone any better.
Rod F.

08/07/2015
The guides and clients who I climbed with. I love the kind of people who do these trips.
Craig F.

08/06/2015
Being high on the mountain.
Larry P.

08/06/2015
The guides where always one step ahead.
Bradley G.

08/06/2015
Summiting under a full moon and morning sunset
Jeff P.

08/05/2015
The guides, and we had a great group that seemed to enjoy each other's company. All of us got along well which made for a fun time (even though I did not summit...again).
George S.

08/05/2015
We had a great group and guide team and just enjoyed the fantastic scenery,weather,being on Mt.Rainier and every minute outdoors learning more skills and putting them to use!
Ruth M.

08/05/2015
Continuing to enhance my skills. Loved the guides and fellow participants. Amazing group energy. Warm weather!
Kelly O.

08/04/2015
The guides were amazing, professional, and engaging.
Jeffrey M.

08/03/2015
The amount of knowledge I gained at the hands of our excellent guides.
Matt K.

08/03/2015
I felt I learned a lot from the guides.
Katerina d.

08/03/2015
Learning & applying new skills!
Tom M.

08/03/2015
I enjoyed spending time with my friends in a complete foreign setting/environment. I also count myself as being extremely fortunate for being placed in the group I was placed in - the dynamic between the other climbers was great. I am a horrible excuse for a mountaineer though which is why my overall experience score is somewhat low. Everything RMI did was top notch, my enjoyment was affected by my own realization that this activity/scenario is not for me, not by anything that was under your control.
Matthew M.

08/02/2015
I enjoyed watching the effort of fellow climbers. Some people I weren't sure of summitting did so! Then, some who appeared strong and robust had problems. I enjoyed conversing with the guides, especially Kel, who asked questions that delved a bit into our own lives. I most enjoyed summitting and getting to see all the other summits I've been on and looked at longingly at Mt. Rainier from.
Phillip C.

08/02/2015
Getting up on Rainier and enjoying the views.
John C.

08/01/2015
I enjoyed learning new mountaineering skills and spending time in a new environment ( glacier travel).
Kyle P.

08/01/2015
The people - team and guides.
Greg C.

07/30/2015
The descent, skiing with shoes!
Prithviraj S.

07/30/2015
Efficient and focused throughout without feeling suffocated by process or timelines.
Kip B.

07/30/2015
Learning new skills, being in the outdoors in ALL types of conditions that stressed the limits of physical preparation and equipment. Brent's patient but firm demeanor provided clear directions, and when needed, corrective actions without being intimidating or demeaning.
Joseph H.

07/29/2015
Fantastic guides, great terrain, reaching the summit
Shawn J.

07/29/2015
I enjoyed the team feel from start to finish. I also enjoyed learning the mountaineering techniques during the week. As always, the summit is a great way to finish.
James N.

07/29/2015
The guides make the trip. After climbing Rainier with RMI last year, I brought 3 friends with me again this year. We had horrendous weather the first 3 days. My friends actually hadn't seen the mountain yet. But things came together. What we enjoyed most was just the whole experience. You plan a good itinerary and fill it with A+ guides that put you in a position to succeed. What more could you ask for.
Geoffrey E.

07/29/2015
The preparation before the trip, the teamwork during the trip, the guides, and returning to basecamp after the climb.
James A.

07/29/2015
The entire trip was a great experience. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Great people!!! Thanks for a wonderful time!!!
Matthew S.

07/27/2015
The guides were amazing, I found the techniques the guides taught us such as pressure breathing and rest stepping were incredibly helpful. They also provided so many tips during the climb, such as clothing recommendations, explaining how to hold the hand rope while crossing the crevasse ladders, letting us know it's ok if we can't sleep at Camp Muir, just to focus on rest. The guides did an amazing job of ensuring everyone was taken care of at rest breaks, asking us how we were feeling, ensuring we're eating, drinking and proper clothing on and we're keeping warm. The guides really made this trip and incredible experience.
Laura J.

07/27/2015
I enjoyed learning the basics of mountaineering in a group of like minded individuals with guides who were both knowledgeable and caring.
Adam W.

07/25/2015
I enjoyed the entire trip from start to finish...my only disappointment was in not making the summit.
James F.

07/25/2015
Everything but the noisy neighbors in the hut.
Patrick T.

07/25/2015
Summiting and just being on the upper mountain...
Stephen D.

07/24/2015
I like the team spirit which was created with help of Robby and Brent. Those guys were very attentive to each person in a group as well
Victor S.

07/24/2015
I enjoyed the whole thing. If I were to have a complaint it would be the tired legs. But hey you have to pay to play. The trip was a true type 2 fun and I would do it again without hesitation.
Jason A.

07/24/2015
Everything was very well organized and smooth
Morgan F.

07/23/2015
Outstanding itinerary, very well organized, amazing guides and great overall experience.
Patrick C.

07/23/2015
Summiting Rainier with my two sons and my nephew. The guides were key to this experience and i can truly say "I(we) couldn't have done it without them".
Michael H.

07/22/2015
our guides Win and Chase
Jason L.

07/22/2015
Wonderful people, excellent program. Thank you for an incredible experience.
Arleen N.

07/22/2015
I enjoyed being in the presence of the motivated and kind employees of RMI.
Wolfgang H.

07/21/2015
Hi-fiving my teammates and then taking a pano of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Saint Helens from Columbia Crest.
Alexe M.

07/20/2015
Great job for the whole trip. Thanks to Seth Waterfall as a great guide. He made the trip very memorable and informative.
Eric J.

07/20/2015
The interactions between the other climbers and the guides. Meeting and getting to know everyone is just as much fun as the climb itself.
Jon W.

07/19/2015
I enjoyed the team aspect of it all. I also liked the fact that you gave us greater chances of success by creating Camp Muir and taking some of the tasks out of the process. I would like to pursue a summit attempt where those 'luxuries' were not part of the experience, but for the first time it was nice to be able to just concentrate on getting my butt to the top.
Jim M.

07/18/2015
Organization
Brent W.

07/18/2015
The people and my team added to the experience.
Colleen M.

07/17/2015
Climbing Rainier all of it starting from Paradise hiking up the snowfield to all of the different sections of the climb itself on summit day. Really cool experience with really awesome guides.
Don H.

07/16/2015
The challenge of the hike, it was my first technical hike and what an experience. The guides were good, but I believe their watches may indicate that 15 minutes is actually 10 as those breaks were short :)
Lauren B.

07/15/2015
The guides were fantastic, the experience they have, and the skills they taught us were invaluable. They made it possible to not only summit the mountain, but appreciate every detail of it along the way. I feel very lucky to have been able to take part in this climb.
James W.

07/15/2015
The entire experience was great. True class act organization at every level.
Peter W.

07/15/2015
I loved the season and the way the mountain went from green to snow. I loved the camaraderie amongst the climbers and guides.
Charles P.

07/14/2015
RMI is a well established guide company with the experience I was looking for with my first mountaineering trip. I felt comfortable with the company and my guides to know that I was going to be safe. The rental shop made it very easy and affordable for us to pick up the items we needed. I enjoyed being with a group of 8 other climbers. It was a good sized group that we all got to know each other.
Molly S.

07/14/2015
I had great weather which is KEY to success with this climb. You can not plan/pay for that, but that is what I liked the most!
Brian H.

07/13/2015
How organized the whole thing was. I enjoyed the excitement of crossing crevasses on ladders and learning how to rope up and self arrest.
Josh M.

07/13/2015
I think the RMI team is hands down the best in the business. Professional, courteous and fun. The whole experience made it feel like we were all part of a family.
Mark N.

07/13/2015
RMI has impressed me from the start when I first tried for Rainier last year and I remain impressed by the caliber of the guides, the program and the complete attention to each step of the process along the way.
Ted (Theodore) S.

07/12/2015
The guides were exceptional athletes, instructors, and people. Their individual personalities as well as their "mountain smarts" made this trip a unique and memorable experience for me.
Hailey H.

07/10/2015
Climbing Rainier was a near religious experience for me and I never would have been capable of reaching the summit without the RMI guides, particularly given my lack of experience.
Aaron B.

07/10/2015
The overall experience was great good job RMI !!!
Ben S.

07/09/2015
Being in the mountans
Brad S.

07/08/2015
Honestly, we hit the weather jackpot--full moon, sun, lots of awesome crevasses because of the low snow pack, lucky lucky lucky! But, as far as RMI goes, the guides were awesome!
David W.

07/08/2015
The tips from the guides. It is great when they are able to take some time during the climb to educate clients.
Michael H.

07/07/2015
The mountain and the people. being around like minded people is fun, the guides are cool and of course everything is so beautiful.
Mike A.

07/07/2015
Everything! This was our second trip with RMI, and we enjoyed both equally though they were quite different. I think the staff is incredibly impressive -- and that matters a lot both for the feeling of safety and enjoyment of the trip. Seeing the sunrise on the top of Rainier isn't a memory I'll soon forget.
Sari A.

07/06/2015
This was an amazing experience in every way. I am very appreciative of everyone involved.
Ted B.

07/06/2015
guides were great had a fun time even though we got weathered off at 11,200 feet and did not summit
Bradley G.

07/05/2015
The positive exposure to the sport of mountaineering! our guides were supportive, professional, and safe. They helped me summit despite my altitude sickness, for which I will be forever grateful. Furthermore, I LOVE climbing, and can't wait to plan my next mountaineering adventure. Your guides perfectly balance professionalism, safety, and enthusiasm while being enjoyable companions on an adventure of a lifetime.
Sarah G.

07/05/2015
Learning and implementing new climbing techniques.
Brigit M.

07/05/2015
the camaraderie, Peter & Ed's leadership. The accomodations at Ashford inn were great, and I feel like I could hang out all day every day, at the Base Camp B&G. what a great setup.
Jeff B.

07/03/2015
Well-packaged with everything you need right there. A real significant sense of accomplishment.
Gregg S.

07/02/2015
The guides are always awesome - I've never had a bad one with RMI. Always a great mix of technical competence and people skills. It's cool hanging around the base camp and running into guides from previous trips and catching up with them for a few minutes as well. Also, the base camp area is an awesome place to hang out, and makes the trip much more enjoyable than going back to a less socially-oriented hotel somewhere.
Andrew L.

07/02/2015
The whole thing was run professionally but everyone involved was individually fun to be around and seemed to enjoy their jobs. As someone with almost no climbing experience, summiting Rainier would be out of the question without an outfit like RMI. You guys made it possible for me to show up in good shape and enjoy the experience without worry.
Chris S.

07/02/2015
The guides were great, the route was fun, and the trip was awesome.
Jay B.

07/01/2015
Seeing the scenery on the descent--we were lucky to have a crystal-clear day. I just wish there had been a few more opportunities for photography.
Jasmine S.

06/30/2015
This was an incredible trip. I was looking for memorable experience to celebrate my daughters high school graduation, and this certainly provided that.
Deric W.

06/30/2015
The challenge of elevation and learning a new way to enjoy the outdoors.
Kyle C.

06/30/2015
I enjoyed everything. The resources and equipment were of the highest quality. The website was outstanding in helping us prepare before our arrival. The guides were outstanding. The rental personnel were very helpful. The gear check gave us a peace of mind for what we needed.
Brett G.

06/30/2015
The guides were very nice and Lance was especially helpful to me.
Terri R.

06/29/2015
Professional guides. Encouragement. Put everything in place for the team to succeed.
Aaron B.

06/29/2015
The Mountain, the guides, meeting others in the group, the training, and the sense of accomplishment. Thanks for all of it !
Edward M.

06/29/2015
Well executed and safe mountain climbing experience in all.
Brett M.

06/29/2015
Meeting and bonding with the guides and other clients. Working as a team in a challenging environment. Experiencing Mount Rainier in all its glory.
Phil K.

06/28/2015
The experience was more than just a climb. It was very personal.
Rene G.

06/28/2015
I had a moment as the sun was rising when I realized that I was actually going to summit. We had made it past Disappointment Cleaver and I knew that the top of Rainier was in my sights. It was because of the great leadership and excellent communication that I felt a great deal of trust and faith in our team and myself.
Meredith B.

06/28/2015
Making it to the top with a good group of people.
Andres H.

06/27/2015
I really liked the people that I climbed w/ especially the guides. They really were the glue that held the entire team together. They were relational and able to bring a large team together of different personalities and interests. It really was the guides that made my trip!!!! W/o them, I never would have been able to reach the summit of Rainier.
Matthew B.

06/26/2015
For me it is about the journey. This trip provided learning opportunities surrounded by incredible beauty while providing a focus on safety.
Aaron D.

06/26/2015
Climbing with RMI helped us really focus on the challenge of the climb and not worry too much about weather conditions and things outside of our control. It was a great feeling getting to the top.
Jason C.

06/26/2015
I really enjoyed the climb and having the support of the guides in case something went wrong. I felt like the guides were approachable and not just telling us what to do, but also climbing the mountain with us.
Jacob S.

06/26/2015
Leon as our team leader. Being on a group of people that we're all good guys.
John H.

06/25/2015
I enjoyed the climbing with my long time friend Mike James the most. My experiences with Ben and Nick were memorable for different reasons, but I really enjoyed both of them immensely and their skill and sound decision making put me at ease the entire climb.
Daniel L.

06/25/2015
Unbelievable experience, and had a great time.
Robert W.

06/25/2015
Overall commitment to safety and respect for everyone on the team regardless of ability
Dwight S.

06/24/2015
Learning more about climbing
Ciana M.

06/24/2015
the mountain.
Rasheed S.

06/24/2015
Being outside with a great group of people. Our group really gelled, making the experience even more fun. Communication was great so we always knew what we needed, what we were doing, etc.
Rebecca S.

06/24/2015
People and the mountain. I felt completely safe throughout the trip! Thanks RMI for that.
Arun S.

06/23/2015
The people, both guides and other climbers, as well as the focus on safety and working together as a team. I learned a ton about myself in addition to climbing skills that I'll take beyond the mountains.
Rudy S.

06/23/2015
The trip was really well organized and facilitated. Super amazing company.
Alex H.

06/22/2015
Summiting Mt. Rainier
Kevin S.

06/21/2015
As above, this is my fourth trip with RMI. Though I haven't summitted Mt. Rainier, I have had an excellent experience each time and this was the best trip of all. Made it to Ingraham Flats which is a personal best for me on this mountain before turning back. I need to set my sights a little lower (no pun intended) but this does not diminish my enthusiasm for the sport.
Mark M.

06/19/2015
The mountain views!
Angela G.

06/19/2015
team work, nice people, and reasonable pace
Qian J.

06/19/2015
Very nice people with extremely good customer service.
Daniel W.

06/18/2015
Very well organized from a to z.
Reinier V.

06/17/2015
Got to learn a bunch about mountaineering from the guides. Great pacing for acclimatizing, so altitude wasnt a problem. Summit view was perfect, 10/10.
Ian M.

06/17/2015
Challenge and the skills of the trip leaders.
Richard R.

06/17/2015
the glaciers
Scott N.

06/16/2015
The Mountain
Drew M.

06/15/2015
The hiking.
Joshua K.

06/15/2015
The guides were great and the bar/grill was awesome.
Scott Z.

06/15/2015
I have already recommended RMI for friends who asked about our trip. I enjoyed getting to know the guides and learning from them every step of the way. The view from the TOP was pretty spectacular too!
Bridget M.

06/15/2015
The beauty of this mountain is incredible. I loved the challenge and the camaraderie. In addition to being accomplished as guides, they were also great company
Jeffrey T.

06/14/2015
The friendly staff and the fact that safety was always on top
Felipe S.

06/13/2015
Everything about the climb and RMI was top notch. I can't wait to climb with RMI again!
Rick B.

06/12/2015
Summiting! (Obviously.) It was a truly great family experience, and the guides were perfectly respectful and responsible throughout what for us was a major experience.
Chris R.

06/11/2015
Our team was tight. We had a great team mentality and bond that kept everyone motivated to finish together. Mostly, though, I enjoyed how everything was coordinated and tightly packaged so we knew we were getting a safe summit attempt. RMI is a top tier company.
Mac S.

06/10/2015
The beauty of the area.
Joris M.

06/10/2015
Logistics are very well organized. Website, reminders and lists are very helpful. Really appreciate all the details that RMI covers.
James R.

06/08/2015
all the members of the team loved what they were doing, so willing to share with us their love for the mountain, couldn't ask for more
Dan R.

06/06/2015
I enjoyed many things about my trip. I think the RMI and Whittaker Basecamp is amazing. Everything you need in one place with the best in the business. Store hours and rental office accommodate any last minute changes in your gear. All the guides I encountered oozed trust, confidence and knowledge. Very inspiring when you are new to climbing.
Andrew H.

06/06/2015
being on the mountain
Brian H.

06/05/2015
The whole experience. The guides and the freedom of being on the mountain.
Derek P.

06/01/2015
The company and meeting people. Just learning basic skills which I could have never learnt!
Pamela M.

05/31/2015
Getting to know my fellow climbers and obviously the climb itself. The last 2 hours to the summit were definitely some that I will never forget.
Kirby C.

05/26/2015
The camaraderie between the guides and the team made the trip even more amazing than I expected.
Sierra R.

05/25/2015
I felt the program was very well organized from the sign up process to the actual climb. The thing I enjoyed the most was interacting with and getting to know the guides. I felt that the guides had our best interest in both safety and success and really made an effort to get to know everyone on the team.
Tristan M.

05/23/2015
The process. LIfe's not a destination but a journey. Summiting Rainier was that in a nutshell.
Trever G.

05/19/2015
The knowledge of the guides, Seth's leadership with the other guides and the team, and the entire experience with the whole RMI and Whittaker's!
Aaron A.

05/17/2015
I most enjoyed meeting the incredible RMI guide team as well as the other climbers. What a great bunch of guys!!
Jason S.

01/26/2015
The people in my group. The guides.
Stephanie A.

01/06/2015
The feeling of comradery amongst the climbing team and the guides, both on and off the mountain, which has to lasting friendships. The feeling of being among friends in the mountains, appreciating the beauty, and accepting the trials of climbing is by far, the greatest of all feelings.
Steve C.

11/25/2014
The crater. Staging from the bunkhouse and the midnight start. The incredible daybreak as we summited. The skills/training day in the snowfield. Having Dave Hahn as a guide.
Dan H.

10/09/2014
Learning from the guides about climbing techniques and equipment. The whole experience was great and reaching the summit was a highlight.
Victor A.

10/09/2014
Everything about climb was awesome!
Chris S.

10/05/2014
Overall an excellent experience. I felt all the guides were very professional and helpful. Casey took a special interest in getting to know the climbers a bit. Keep up the good work!
Hal M.

09/28/2014
It was a very unique as rewarding experience.
Tripp H.

09/27/2014
Our guides. They taught us new skills in climbing and ensured our safety. THEY made the climb one of the best and most fun experiences in my life!
Jon H.

09/26/2014
Comradery
Matt O.

09/26/2014
The entire experience was awesome! Training day, the hike to Camp Muir and of course the summit! The attention to safety, the communication by the lead guides telling us what to expect was also fantastic.
Seung L.

09/25/2014
Top notch guides - safety first but combined with great personalities that made the trip a hell of a memory and a lot of fun.
Bill K.

09/21/2014
I enjoyed the team the most, everyone worked well together and the guides further enhanced that teamwork
Kyle S.

09/21/2014
the professionalism with RMI is unparalleled. we have climbed with other operators and the guides are extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy, which are two of the biggest things I look for when climbing.
Wei-jen Y.

09/20/2014
Professional guides and a program that is very well dialed.
Robin L.

09/20/2014
This was one of the most physically and mentally challenging things I have ever done, and I am so happy that I did it. RMI was the perfect guide service for this experience with highly competent and amiable guides, all of which I would highly recommend to friends (I already am!).
Jeff Z.

09/18/2014
The whole trip was well laid out. Every step was planned accordingly and our safety was the number one priority.
Mong L.

09/17/2014
The guides and the organization.
Craig W.

09/16/2014
The trip was very organized, efficient and well managed. Loved getting to know our guides and the rest of the group. Amazing trip!
Mitch L.

09/15/2014
The trip was challenging and professionally organised. Mount Rainier itself is outstanding, and the views were amazing. I also leaned techniques that I hope to be able to use on future climbs. I felt like the program was aimed at climbers who were skilled and very fit. I felt I performed strongly, and so for me this was a good thing, but I'm not sure if some of the others would have wanted a more relaxed schedule or an easier summit day.
Brett R.

09/14/2014
Rainier summit was my goal and achieving this was the high point, but every part of the preparation and trip was enjoyable.
Dennis S.

09/13/2014
Love it although there were moments of complete terror!
Brooke C.

09/12/2014
Hitting the summit when we almost had to turn around because of the wind! Best part of the trip was standing on crater rim.
Justin R.

09/12/2014
This trip was life-changing and a great amazing adventure!!
James G.

09/11/2014
Climbing!!
Steve H.

09/11/2014
I really enjoyed learning the new experience.
Stephanie D.

09/09/2014
I enjoyed the challenge of the climb. We had a particularly difficult climb, but I was constantly being encouraged, mentored, and reassured by Katrina. Perfect balance of attention to safety and attention to the goal of summit-ing.
Anna H.

09/09/2014
Sunrise, sunset, having the toilet at camp muir, hot water and cold water ready to go.
Jay M.

09/09/2014
Getting to the summit with our friends and guides, surprisingly awesome weather on summit day, and climbing with our RMI team!
Amy W.

09/09/2014
The trip was extremely organized and the guides were very knowledgeable. I never felt like my safety was in question or that my enjoyment and learning wasn't a priority.
Rebecca S.

09/08/2014
I work in the tourist/thrill field and I never felt as though I was just a so called wealthy tourist being sucked up to for tips. I was treated as part of a team and the whole experience made me want to do more climbs and pursue higher elevation.
Cordell T.

09/08/2014
The summit climb itself was absolutely the best part. I felt prepared, surrounded by talented guides, and inspired to summit the mountain I've been staring at for years now.
Zack H.

09/08/2014
Perfect combination of a physical and mental challenge led by an experienced team that was very well prepared.
Tom N.

09/08/2014
At the age of 27 I made my summit up Rainer. 27 years later I relived this experience. The professinalism of the group was outstanding. The training was excellent. Overall the experience was fantastic.
Alan H.

09/07/2014
I liked the guides and the experiences and knowledge that they shared. I wanted to learn more on this hike and that is exactly what they helped me do. They also helped me get to the top of Rainier which was an added bonus!
Adam D.

09/07/2014
As a novice I enjoyed the training and gear checks. I also appreciated any tips and/or advice I was given.
Shane R.

09/07/2014
I learned a lot, the guides were professional, and experienced but also fun. I was excited to get gluten free pizza at whittakers
Anouska N.

09/06/2014
The education and gaining some mountaineering experience.
Josiah R.

09/06/2014
RMI does a fantastic job at reducing risk and communicating with the team members each step of the way. I never felt lost or confused from the moment I stepped into camp in Ashford, WA. Dave, Mike & Robby were fantastic guides, climbers and people.
Kyle M.

09/05/2014
Dave Hahn
Tom S.

09/04/2014
Being able to make it to the summit and meeting and climbing with new friends
Wayne G.

09/03/2014
I thought training and preparation were excellent, and the website with customer service leading up to the climb were very inviting and encouraging. I felt encouraged along the way, felt safe with RMI. The level of experience of the guides and setting in Ashford are very inviting and well organized. It was a well-executed, highly planned mission with clear objectives and (more or less) my personal goals were met. I would recommend it, and I might consider doing it again myself.
Ted H.

09/02/2014
being able to spend time with my son and his girlfriend
Steve L.

09/02/2014
The challenge! And the personability of the guides. I have used other guide Co's and your guys are the best.
John C.

09/01/2014
personal challenge
Joe L.

08/31/2014
The views of beauty from various places on the mountain. Getting to know the guides and climbers. Everyone was corgil and respectful
Will C.

08/29/2014
This was a great trip for me and my third with RMI. I really have no complaints or suggestions I can think of currently. My son greatly enjoyed the experience as well and I am very thankful that RMI gave him permission to come on the trip. It will be something that he and I share forever.
Grayson S.

08/27/2014
The great weather provided stunning beauty. The pacing of the trip allowed me to summit without getting exhausted.
Walter B.

08/26/2014
The people turn this very demanding claim into a lifetime memory. Great guide team!
Darek J.

08/26/2014
Awesome experience all around. I definitely felt safe and well briefed and taught the proper skills to be successful. I think the best thing was the guide to client ratio. On summit day it was pretty much 1:3. That made it feel like you were really getting one on one attention.
Mark H.

08/26/2014
The summit was great but the best part was interacting with the other clients and the guides, and learning more about mountaineering.
Justin H.

08/26/2014
Well planned and executed very smoothly which is amazing given the nature of the activity and unpredictability. I think the communicaiton to the climbers by the guides was focused and efficient as well as compreshesive.
Pierre C.

08/26/2014
Just the exposure to this type of climbing which is not available in Colorado. I was a great experience and your staff was great.
David O.

08/26/2014
The team atmosphere, the weather, and the staff.
Kurt S.

08/24/2014
The best part about the trip for me was setting a personal goal and accomplishing it. The guides made sure I did that safely and successfully.
Patrick D.

08/24/2014
Brent was terrific as were Sean and Zach. I felt prepared by the day of training and I felt encouraged, but safe along the way to the top.
Augustine W.

08/23/2014
I enjoyed learning about mountaineering, which was something I didn't know anything about. Even though I didn't make it to the summit, I did enjoy the trip.
Chris M.

08/23/2014
meeting the other people with similar interests.
Jeff G.

08/22/2014
This is my 5th trip up Rainier (4th with RMI). I can't say enough about the great experiences I have had. Keep up the great work.
Tom H.

08/21/2014
There are so many things I enjoyed about the trip, it would be impossible to narrow it down, although making it to the summit would probably be number one. I really enjoyed working as a team and very much enjoyed getting to know our guides.
Sharon P.

08/21/2014
The professionalism of the guides was amazing to me. This was the realization of a goal I set as a young man before life got in the way. I was grateful I was finally able to get to the top.
Tom H.

08/21/2014
It was an overall great experience to share with my group.
Matt S.

08/21/2014
RMI has a terrific reputation for a reason. Our guides were outstanding, and the trip was unforgettable. I have and will continue to recommend RMI to others.
Robynne P.

08/21/2014
I really appreciated the safety consciousness of all the guides. That is of foremost importance in my mind. I also liked how professional they were. The great transportation to and from the mountain was nice.
Cheryl H.

08/21/2014
The women's climb was a truly unique experience. I was so glad to be a part of such a neat group. The guides did a great job of taking a group of individuals and making us a cohesive unit.
Annie D.

08/20/2014
Making it to the summit, the high level of organisation involved in the trip.
Matt G.

08/20/2014
The camaraderie and the challenge!
Colette K.

08/20/2014
The training session was outstanding, learning everything I needed to know for the climb. Then I was able to actually use what I learned in class on the climb. The guides were very determined to summit and were very attentive to our safety. I appreciated the no nonsense attitude the guides showed, if members of the team were too slow or were a hazard to the team they were sent back.
Bruce S.

08/20/2014
The three female guides rocked on the Rainier Women's climb. It was a fun event climbing with females only. I will look into participating again next year.
Fatima W.

08/19/2014
Being outside.
Suzanne P.

08/19/2014
Getting to the top.
Rienne M.

08/19/2014
The relationship with my friends, the team and the guides.
Tommy B.

08/18/2014
The group (team) feel of the climb. Mountain climbing school, and learning the right way to climb. The guides did a good job to have everyone feel like one big team on the climb.
Benjamin S.

08/17/2014
The scenery and the challenge of getting up the mountain.
Bret D.

08/17/2014
A diverse group of climbers, quickly molded into a team, all supporting each other's efforts to achieve the summit!
Scott S.

08/15/2014
Working with and learning from the guide team was great. That was the most valuable part of this trip.
Sam W.

08/14/2014
Geoff, Zach and Christine were awesome as individuals and terrific as a team during the climb.
John S.

08/13/2014
well the summit was definitely impressive. I really enjoyed taking it all in. From the very beginning with climbing school
Joel F.

08/12/2014
I had to turn on the summit bid at 12000'due to leg cramping however I had just as enjoyable trip as when I made the summit 2 years ago. Your whole group of guides and staff made that possible. Thanks
Stephen A.

08/11/2014
Everything about snow school and the climb was enjoyable. The guides took very good care of us and the weather was fantastic.
Jerry T.

08/11/2014
I can't point to one single thing, the entire experience -- a first for me -- was fantastic.
Todd M.

08/10/2014
I enjoyed the company of the guides. They are exceptional citizens and stewards of the mountains. Their knowledge and passion for the outdoors and mountains are unsurpassed.
Wolfgang H.

08/09/2014
Fantastic guides and great team mates. Was a rare treat to have Muir shack to ourselves.
Kelsey A.

08/09/2014
Climbing the back side of Muir Peak. Got a chance to set running belays, run couple multi-pitches and do mix climbing (snow/ice/rock).
Kim B.

08/08/2014
our goal was to find a physically challenging trip that my two boys and I could do together - and succeed. As we found out, the journey was the measure, not the summit.
Peter A.

08/07/2014
The professionalism and attitude of the guides. They were totally committed.
John B.

08/07/2014
The climb itself.
Wes M.

08/07/2014
Building the relationships and working with others
Jeff S.

08/07/2014
RMI's commitment to climber safety, and their enthusiastic love of the Mountain and its surrounding environment make them an obvious choice for anyone wishing to climb Mount Rainier - or any other mountain that is fortunate enough to be on RMI's itinerary.
Doug W.

08/07/2014
The whole experience was great, but the time on the upper mountain (above Camp Muir) together with the fellow climbers was something really special.
Jonny H.

08/06/2014
My favorite part was the comradery and support, and of course the beautiful scenery. Getting to know the other people in our group, and taking time to enjoy the climb and surroundings was unforgettable. I mean, getting to the summit was by far the most challenging thing emotionally and physically that I've ever done, but the guides were really great about reinforcing the importance of enjoying each step along the way. However...making it to the summit was a huge life goal of mine, so that of course is ranked high on the 'best part' of the trip scale.
Chelsea L.

08/05/2014
The well organized program.
Derek V.

08/05/2014
Summitting.
Jeremy A.

08/05/2014
I enjoyed how helpful, professional, and instructive each of the guides were, not only for our team, but those of other teams as well. The entire RMI staff seemed eager and able to help their clients, and others on the mountain who were independent. They seemed to define the standard for professional guide service on Mt Rainier, and I can only assume they are the same for other expeditions. Oh yea, the views of the mountain and area were amazing too!
Nick V.

08/03/2014
Seth is amazing. Enough said.
Mark T.

08/03/2014
The professionalism of the guides. I couldn't have asked for anyone better.
Wendy J.

08/03/2014
This was my second experience and it was even more enjoyable than the first. Great guides and fellow climbers. I knew I was in safe hands and felt like I learned a lot of basic mountaineering skills. Very thorough and well organized program.
Sachi B.

08/01/2014
I learned an great amount during this trip. The guides were forthcoming with advice and were thorough in their explanations.
Bryce M.

07/29/2014
I enjoyed the entire experience from start to finish. I learned something new, Challenged myself physically and mentally and had a great time ! I look forward to climbing with RMI again!
Zach D.

07/29/2014
The guidance and camaraderie.
Greg J.

07/28/2014
The guides and the people in my group were all great people and were really helpful in remaining positive despite the impeccably terrible timing of weather and inability to summit. They were pretty much the only enjoyable part of my miserably wet and cold experience.
Alex N.

07/28/2014
I enjoyed the accomplishment of summitting Mt. Rainier as much as I enjoyed the experience of sharing it with a team and our amazing guides. I couldn't have made it to the summit without the guides -- just incredible, incredible knowledge, incredible strength and determination, incredible people. I will remember them warmly and hold the experience close to my heart for the rest of my life.
Myrna G.

07/28/2014
The guides
Diana S.

07/27/2014
the climb itself
Patrick E.

07/25/2014
I trust RMI.
Michael G.

07/25/2014
The overall/ attitude changing experience that I will always keep with me.
Ben S.

07/23/2014
Overall I thought RMI did a great job and Seth was an excellent lead guide.
Nick S.

07/21/2014
Not only the guides, but the small community we were able to build as participants and climbers on the trip. I felt comfortable and in good hands with every person involved with the climb.
Tom Q.

07/21/2014
I really enjoyed everything. I couldn't have asked for a better team or a better trip.
Megan H.

07/20/2014
Felt very fortunate to join a trip led by Win Whitaker. Wonderful teammates and a great lot of fun. Lucky to meet Lou Whitaker and Skip Yoell.
Les J.

07/20/2014
I enjoyed the positive attitude of the guides, which kept the entire team's heads held high through some adverse situations, and having the opportunity to climb with my sister at RMI's expense was gift beyond what I could ever dream.
Kevin M.

07/20/2014
Enjoyed everything about the trip from start to finish. The organization and professionalism and planning of everyone involved is top notch and worth every penny. RMI made my dream of summitting come true and I would definitely use them again if I do another climb. My 3 guides were the best and made it that much better. Thanks RMI for everything!
Jason M.

07/20/2014
Everything. Just wish I was a better mountaineer. Hope I did not hold up the team too much on the descent. Great thanks to Mike for protecting and pushing me the whole way.
Scott J.

07/18/2014
The trip was incredible. The guides were excellent!
Lance F.

07/18/2014
Professionalism and camaraderie.
Sid S.

07/16/2014
It's always been a distant dream to attempt something like this until I improved my health and lost 60 lbs 3 years ago. This was an epic adventure that wouldn't have been possible without the guidance of RMI. I enjoyed the satisfaction of completing an enormous milestone the most.
Jason P.

07/16/2014
The guides were absolutely great! Best part of the trip hands down. They were very understanding and helpful.
Daryl T.

07/16/2014
This is my 4th climb with RMI and I would be coming back if I wasn't impressed. Keep pup the good work!!
Martin W.

07/14/2014
Overall, being a part of a highly organized and well trained group like RMI was a great introduction to mountain climbing for me.
Rich S.

07/14/2014
I most enjoyed summiting and getting back down safely. I most appreciated the guide-to- client ration and the level of guide experience and commitment to a good experience for all climbers. I was impressed that the standard route on Rainier still uses very experienced guides who have climbed much bigger and more difficult mountains all over the world.
Doug R.

07/14/2014
The climb to summit itself. We had a great trip with great weather and great guides.
Jay B.

07/12/2014
Something I completely underestimated was the views while we were making out final push for the ascent. Wish we had a little more time on the side of the face to pull out cameras, but I completely understand the risks involved.
Ryan D.

07/09/2014
Our guides.
Derek S.

07/09/2014
Hands down my guide Seth Waterfall. I learned so much from him. He made the trip fun and exciting. He is very knowledgeable and reassuring!!
Kristen F.

07/09/2014
The views were amazing. The guides were all very professional, skilled and organized.
Ben S.

07/08/2014
Well, the scenery of course! The overall sense of preparedness (day school, equipment list, etc.) allowed me to enjoy my trip every step of the way.
Nick R.

07/08/2014
It's hard to pick what I enjoyed most because the entire trip was completely amazing. I think the RMI guides are the best and they really made this a wonderful experience while all while teaching so many great mountaineering skills.
Nicole R.

07/08/2014
Another Summit with a great RMI team!
David A.

07/08/2014
The strange beauty of the upper mountain will stay with me. It's an alien world and I just love it up there.
Bill F.

07/07/2014
Good itinerary for a 4 day trip. Pace up to Camp Muir was quite relaxed. Guides were excellent. The beauty of the mountain was spectacular.
Tim M.

07/07/2014
An awesome experience from beginning to end - from the excellent website information, the training e-mails, the interaction with office staff to the guides and the climbing experience itself. It was first class all the way. I hope to climb with RMI again!
Dave S.

07/07/2014
Our team. It was such an honor to be with JJ, Mike and Billy. They added so much to the experience. I learned a ton and will use the experience to repeat with RMI. I did not reach the summit this round but hopefully will make it before the end of this climbing season.
Richard W.

07/07/2014
Even though we couldn't make it to the top of Rainier I had just an awesome time. And besides, at the end of it I felt like I got so much more than I had expected in terms of education, adventure and fun.
Chris P.

07/07/2014
The mountaineering training on Day 2 was very worthwhile and well run. During the climb, JJ effectively explained everything in advance so we had no surprises.
Mike K.

07/07/2014
I can definitely see why RMI was rated #1 by Outside magazine. This is truly a world class company and I can't wait to plan more trips through you guys. I had such a blast on this trip and learned so much. It was difficult, but the end reward was well worth it. The guides in my group were fantastic and definitely deserve recognition for their hard work. Everything about this trip was amazing, fun, rewarding, and most of all, safe. Thank you guys for providing such quality trips like this.
Rue C.

07/06/2014
The facilities were fine, the staff excellent, the weather was great except for the day of the climb. However, I can always say that I attempted the climb in the worst weather for June in a long time. That was an experience I will not soon forget. Even though I did not make it to Muir with the rest of the team I had a great experience and was not disappointed in the least. Even though part of the training day was in the rain I learned a lot about mountaineering I did not know. Bryan and Geoff were excellent trainers. The climb to Muir was very difficult at my age (69) in the weather conditions we encountered and I was disappointed I did not make it to Muir. But I was satisfied with what I was able to accomplish. I think we got close to 9000 feet and was within striking distance of Muir but it seemed impractical to continue in the extreme weather. Bryan was very helpful in getting me down. He and Geoff are excellent guides and representatives for RMI. If I decided to do another program with RMI and they were involved it would be a positive. All in all I had a great time and would tell anyone thinking about climbing Mt. Rainier, RMI is the only guide service to consider.
James L.

07/04/2014
The best thing was, of course, climbing. Besides that, was how great the guides were. Particularly, climbing with Seth Waterfall was an awesome experience. He transmits safety and experience, has great interpersonal skills and leadership.
Carlos C.

07/03/2014
Enjoyed this second climb with RMI. Once again, the weather was perfect and the summit views incredible. Wouldn't change a thing.
Mike J.

07/03/2014
We had a great group, great weather, and excellent guides
Stephen J.

07/03/2014
On my own, Mount Rainier would appear an extremely daunting, if not impossible, climb. What I enjoyed most was the feeling that I wasn't intimidated by the mountain because of the guides, others in my group and so forth.
Michael H.

07/01/2014
RMI is a top rate organization. As a small business owner I have great respect for their professionalism and the way they managed our expedition. They also clearly have an exceptional hiring and training program. Every person we interacted with was knowledgeable, well trained and very personable.
Tom C.

07/01/2014
I enjoyed the personal challenge the most.
Doug E.

06/29/2014
The whole experience. Especially the certificate presentation.
John P.

06/29/2014
Our guides knew when to be serious and when to be laid-back and funny. I felt very confident in their knowledge and ability and never felt like I was in real danger. It was a great experience climbing with a legend like Brent and felt like I was surrounded by mountaineering greats. The guides told us when to eat, drink, breathe, sleep, etc., and how to do those things--I was very worried about the effects the altitude would have on me but experienced no ill effects, which I've attributed mostly to the guidance they gave me.
Ainsley M.

06/28/2014
Great guides! Great Mountain!
Mike S.

06/27/2014
I enjoyed everything about the trip - it was amazing! A huge thank you to RMI and all of my guides for helping me to fulfill my dream of climbing Mt. Rainier in style!
Jeff H.

06/26/2014
I was surprised by the beauty of the mountain. The environment was even more unique than I expected. I felt are in my presented this environment well and safely.
Geoff B.

06/26/2014
Climbing with experienced guides allowed me to not worry about the big picture safety concerns. I just shut up, climbed, and listened to my guide. I had absolute confidence in my guides, which made it much easier to summit. Getting to the summit was the goal and what I enjoyed most about the trip, and having experienced guides allowed me to get there.
Brian T.

06/26/2014
Meeting my fellow climbers, spending time in such a beautiful place.
Nelson E.

06/26/2014
Get to know all our guides, other climber and the beautiful mountain.
Steve B.

06/23/2014
Totally different world than day hiking I do on trips.
Bruce F.

06/23/2014
A wonderful father-daughter experience that we will never forget.
Ken W.

06/22/2014
The thing I enjoyed most about the trip was the camaraderie that was built among our whole team/guides. All of us were in good spirits pretty much the entire time. The guides seemed to really care about getting us to the top and doing it safely and I was lucky to have fellow climbers with good attitudes and proper training. Getting to the summit was absolutely amazing! I can't look at that mountain without smiling!
Lisa K.

06/22/2014
I enjoyed all aspects of the trip!
Maxwell Z.

06/22/2014
Mountaineering school was great. I really enjoyed talking with the guides about other trips and past and future adventures.
Alex G.

06/22/2014
Meeting people, learning mountain skills.
Amanda F.

06/22/2014
tried something I'll probably never do again - my bag was heavy and I'm tiny!
Amy N.

06/21/2014
The comradery with friends, fellow climnbers, and guides.
Darryl J.

06/20/2014
The service that RMI provided made this summit successful. On my own I doubt I would have had this type of success.
Steve M.

06/20/2014
Learning how to self-arrest with an ice axe.
Seth B.

06/20/2014
Summiting and the views
Joe B.

06/19/2014
I learned a great deal from the guides, they really brought our 'team' together. Bridget was a major standout. So much to enjoy from this experience, I am grateful!
Mark D.

06/18/2014
The chance to get a taste of high mountain adventure.
Steve M.

06/18/2014
I enjoyed the camraderie with the guides and other climbers. I appreciate the guides' commitment to safe climbing, and I was thrilled we had excellent weather for the ascent and some of the descent.
Andy C.

06/18/2014
Obviously, making the summit and getting back down safely made the trip extra special. The guides were fantastic, and I felt extremely lucky to be able to climb with Lindsay, Alex, and Adam. They were not only extremely knowledgeable, but had every climbers safety and best interest in mind, and were extremely supportive and positive the entire trip.
Matthew P.

06/18/2014
Very enjoyable trip. Will likely climb with RMI again the future.
Daniel J.

06/17/2014
The experience on the mountain was amazing. The guides were terrific. They taught me a lot and still I had the opportunity to just enjoy the experience.
Jason S.

06/16/2014
our guides.. encouraging, helpful, fun, knowledgeable.. super great people.
Mike G.

06/14/2014
I made it to high break on one of the top five worst days JJ had seen. I felt like that was pretty good for my first time mountaineering.
Derrick H.

06/12/2014
Climbing withmy sons.
Mark T.

06/12/2014
the views from the mountain.
Kim O.

06/09/2014
Bonding with others through the challenge of climbing a beautiful mountain.
John S.

06/09/2014
Moving quickly thru the Gib Ledges with Elias and Walter
Bobby B.

06/08/2014
Met some wonderful people in the group. A lot of interesting back stories.
Erik G.

06/05/2014
Location and the guides
Ken P.

06/05/2014
The experience, the challenge.
Chris C.

06/03/2014
The entire RMI team is amazing. All of the guides are exceptional and make it possible for us to experience a successful summit safely.
Kimberly Z.

06/02/2014
With no mountaineering experience, it was a great trip to learn the basics and see what mountaineering is all about.
Ryan P.

05/31/2014
Everything
Marcin M.

05/27/2014
Bonding with my son and interesting hikers and guides.
Dan L.

05/27/2014
The process and the education.
Christina O.

05/27/2014
Even though the weather did push us back down the mountain is also created the most adventuresome days that I have had up high. I definetly feel like I got my moneys worth and a new found respect for mountain weather.
Lowell S.

05/24/2014
I enjoyed learning the steps from packing properly to safety to planning, those building blocks served me well on the mountain and will hopefully serve as the foundation for future trips. I enjoyed the people more than I thought I would. For my team, 8 individuals who all had a intersting mix of personalities and stories, it was good to get to know them all. RMI was a top notch service from the facilities, to the guides, to the high camp facilities.
Mark S.

05/24/2014
Accomplishment of a goal with safety first and guides that took time to teach.
Sebastian B.

12/27/2013
Not being stressed
Justin S.

11/22/2013
How well organized and efficient RMI is.
Ted C.

11/07/2013
I took it all in and appreciated the nature and the climb
Angel G.

10/29/2013
Good weather. Getting up high on the mountain for good views. Basic mountaineering instruction. Guides were awesome and did a great job being motivational yet also clearly making sure people knew without question who was leading and was in charge.
Eric C.

10/09/2013
Climbing and the comrodary(SP?)
Chris K.

10/07/2013
It was all pretty fantastic for one reason or another. The guides were great, the team was great, the weather was in our favor.
Bob G.

10/02/2013
It was an amazing experience and will be coming back again next year to try it again.
Christy P.

10/01/2013
Being able to be well guided into some of the most beautiful scenery in the lower 48. Learning from the guides and hearing their stories, as well as meeting others who are trying to reach the same physically and mentally challenging goal as myself. A great test of physical stamina.
Scott A.

09/30/2013
Achieving my goal of making it to the top.
Gareth M.

09/27/2013
local hikes
Beth B.

09/27/2013
I feel like I learned a lot, and the guides were really awesome to talk to and ask questions. I never felt like I was annoying them with my questions, no matter how many times they've probably been asked the exact same things.
Daryl T.

09/27/2013
The views and pushing myself.
Ryan R.

09/26/2013
Seeing the beauty of the mountain and interacting with the guides
Josh C.

09/26/2013
Getting the chance to cross off an item from my "bucket list" while meeting some nice folks and getting some good pictures.
Michael D.

09/26/2013
sharing it with my family; pushing my body to its limits
Angie G.

09/24/2013
I really did not know how good of shape I needed to be in. This climb opened my eyes. It really kicked my ass and gave me a new perspective and appreciation for the people who do this for a living. Physically the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Well worth the experience even though we did not make the top.
Gary J.

09/16/2013
The trip was a lot of fun until bad weather came in. We were able to make it to Camp Muir and see beautiful views, but were unable to put any of our technical training to use.
Cristy W.

09/16/2013
Getting on the mountain, the beauty and hiking at night
Ken L.

09/16/2013
The sunrise walk.
Jeff M.

09/10/2013
Learned new skills and did something that I have never done before - successfully made a technical climb. We did not make summit, but we did make it through what most consider the most challenging section of the climb.
Aaron M.

09/09/2013
The view from the top and the satisfaction of making it the second time.
Kalin M.

09/08/2013
I did the trip with three friends and it was a great opportunity for us to spend time together while doing something exciting and challenging. Even though we didn't summit due to icy conditions, it was an incredible experience.
Alex P.

09/08/2013
The guides.
Mandy S.

09/08/2013
The entire experience was outstanding. While everyone at RMI has been great, the guides -- Ben, Mike and Eric -- were the standouts. I know you have a lot of guides, but I either got incredibly lucky or you know how to hire excellence. Even though I only got to know my team for a few days, they were all tremendous people as well.
Doug J.

09/08/2013
Learning skills and pushing my limits
Paige R.

09/08/2013
Making it to the Summit was pretty incredible. I was really nervous and unsure of whether I would be able to make it to the top of the mountain and back down (physically and mentally). Being able to do that and share that experience with friends was pretty incredible.
Elizabeth B.

09/08/2013
Scenaries and being with friends
Bala S.

09/07/2013
The training, the technical challenge and persevering through the weather.
Austin M.

09/07/2013
It probably was the epic nature of our effort. An easy walk to the top on a sunny day would have been nice, but too easy.
Bob G.

09/07/2013
Beautiful Views and getting to know other climbers
Darrell H.

09/06/2013
The interaction of our climbing group and how we connected with our guides.
Brian W.

09/06/2013
Everything.
Stuart V.

09/06/2013
Summit
Ross M.

09/05/2013
Learning new skills, being in the nature
Katharina S.

09/05/2013
The guides were fantastic! They were very professional, positive, and very safety conscious. They set a great pace, clearly defined what was expected from us, and kept us moving on schedule while being considerate of individual climbers' needs.
Olya S.

09/05/2013
Meeting some wonderful people and having the opportunity to climb Mt Rainier with my brothers, even though I didn't make it to the summit.
Andrew K.

09/05/2013
the bonding between everyone
Debbie A.

09/05/2013
The pure outdoor experience and getting away from the everyday routine
Edward O.

09/05/2013
Just being in the mountains. Learning new skills. The challenge.
Jim K.

09/04/2013
Guides and services were excellent. Extremely knowledgeable about the mountain and safety. In addition, really nice and fun to hang out with.
Mike D.

09/04/2013
The teamwork and camaraderie.
Roger A.

09/04/2013
Learning new skills.
Keith A.

09/03/2013
It was the most challenging experience of my life - physically, mentally, and emotionally. Pushing my body and mind to the limit made reaching the summit that much more of an accomplishment! Amazing experience overall. So nice to reach a lifelong goal!
Laura F.

09/03/2013
Meeting Ed and Pete. The group was very friendly and we had a great time meeting them all. The lecture from Ed is great as always! The accommodations were nice.
Shelley J.

09/03/2013
Everything about being on Mt. Rainier. I feel what I learned in the day school alone sets me on course for what I need to train and prepare for moving towards future ascents.
Brandon C.

09/02/2013
This trip was an amazing experience that we have been planning/training for for almost a year. It exceeded our expectations both in how difficult it would be and how rewarding it would be. We appreciated how the guides helped to make sure the team had a successful experience, even though that meant turning other climbers back who would hamper our attempt at the summit. Since we had prepared so hard, that was important to us.
Chris L.

09/02/2013
The quality of RMI's guiding service and other climbers we met on the way.
Leena S.

09/02/2013
I enjoyed meeting my climbing partners-I was a solo climber so didn't know anyone. I thoroughly enjoyed my guides and learned a lot from them. Even though I don't know if I will attempt the mountain again, they gave me encouragement that I could do it.
Pam S.

09/01/2013
Everything above Muir.
Jeff M.

09/01/2013
The guide team was so great--they were encouraging, enthusiastic, and so knowledgable. It helped me learn as much as I could in the 4 day trip and made me confident that we were in good hands.
Jordan C.

09/01/2013
Getting engaged at the top of Mt. Rainier!
Claire K.

08/31/2013
The summit :)
Michael C.

08/31/2013
Your guides were great. Were able to relate to a diverse group and were very sensitive to climbers who didn't summit. Scenery was awesome.
Joe D.

08/31/2013
Learning new skills and techniques. Summiting Rainier was an obvious highlight!
Erika A.

08/28/2013
The climb of course, being 72 it was the most physical experience I can remember. The scenery is just breathtaking. You can't put in words nor pictures to someone that hasn't has made the climb, how physical and beautiful it is. Also, the people you meet and the guides. Briefly getting to know the guides and the other climbers. We are from all walks of life and backgrounds. From all over the United States, its very interesting. Our group was as young as 18 to my 72, and all ages in between.
Sidney C.

08/28/2013
The view, the team comradery, learning, the overall adventure, and being on the mountain with people who enjoy the same passions.
Brian M.

08/28/2013
The people and climbing for the summit through the night - summiting at dawn!
Andrew C.

08/26/2013
The guides and the people in our group were great. Pushing ourselves to the summit.
Aeron M.

08/25/2013
The Mountain, the guides, friendly staff
Jeff R.

08/22/2013
Being with my son
Steve B.

08/22/2013
Guides were awesome!
Jason S.

08/21/2013
I thought the guides were excellent at building rapport and camaraderie within the groups.
Annie D.

08/21/2013
LOVED the more challenging conditions (than my summit climb in 2011)and the experience of the Ice Step and the ladder bridge.
Jim C.

08/19/2013
The guides and there advice and experience
Alan H.

08/19/2013
Learning techniques to get up the mountain safely and efficiently...and making it to the top!
Anthony T.

08/19/2013
mountain scenery, conversations with fellow climbers, guides.
Udo S.

08/19/2013
the chemistry between our group and then with the guides.
Gene W.

08/17/2013
Getting to know all the other people in the trip. It was amazing how we went from 9 strangers to a well-oiled climbing machine in just a couple of days! And making it to the summit of course!
Eric B.

08/14/2013
Reaching the Summit on my second attempt since I am 68 years old.
Terry S.

08/14/2013
The professionalism and friendliness of the guides! I felt right at home.
Matthew S.

08/14/2013
The experience of climbing on snow & ice. Your guides and support staff.
Michael E.

08/13/2013
the amazing views
George H.

08/12/2013
making it to the summit this time
Ryan W.

08/12/2013
I got the best advice/directions ever (relax, breathe, rest step, eat candy, etc.) I didn't have to think so I could stay focused! 2. The people - our climbing group (members and guides) had great personalities that were generally full of good attitudes, mental toughness, and respect.
Glenn C.

08/12/2013
hiking at night- was a freeing experience to not look up or down and just climb.
Therese C.

08/12/2013
The climb, friendliness of the guides, atmosphere.
Ben D.

08/12/2013
The climb itself and the teamwork involved.
Michael L.

08/12/2013
The goals I accomplished each day during the training. The beauty of the area - WOW! The climbers in our group were good people. Overall an amazing, challenging experience that I am so grateful that I tried.
Beth R.

08/12/2013
I really enjoyed getting a lead guide, Tyler, who made us feel like we were "part of the club" . What a difference it made in our experience to be treated as if we belonged as opposed to being a trespasser who wrote a check. To me, that made all the difference. Thanks again Tyler, Bryan, and Josh for making our experience unforgettable!
Ryan W.

08/11/2013
The successful summit! Guides were great too!
Brian B.

08/10/2013
Standing on top of a mountain I've looked at since my youth.
Nick B.

08/10/2013
Challenging and something outside my skill set and comfort zone- just what I was hoping for.
Fran G.

08/09/2013
The support and camaraderie of our team.
Alejandra V.

08/09/2013
The fact that I pushed myself to the limits of my comfort zone, got to cross a glacier and crevasse on the upper slopes of Mt. Rainier, navigated very difficult terrain in the dead of night with a headlamp, faced danger up close and personal, climbed about 6,000 ft. in 24 hours, got an understanding of the skills and requirements of mountaineering and met some terrific people.
Linda M.

08/09/2013
The nature of the way 11 mostly strangers came together as a team and established some camaraderie on the mountain. The guides were collectively outstanding and patient. The summit climb at night will be an experience that I will never forget and it was easier than I anticipated because of the way the pace and breaks are set up.
Kevin H.

08/07/2013
Companionship with fellow climbers and the guides.
Marcus C.

08/07/2013
The experience created a memory that will last a lifetime.
Jacob L.

08/07/2013
The RMI people - always outgoing, friendly, and family like atmosphere.
James W.

08/06/2013
I most enjoyed not having to worry about any of the logistical details. From renting all of my equipment to purchasing the meal plan to having the guides lead us every step of the way, it was nice to keep my focus on the experience itself.
Nathan Y.

08/06/2013
The entire RMI staff
Michael S.

08/06/2013
Being there, because I could
Alan M.

08/05/2013
The challenge and accomplishment.
Ted M.

08/05/2013
The view from the top!
Kyle J.

08/05/2013
Learning from and interacting with the guides and other climbers.
Adam M.

08/05/2013
The challenge, the thrill of doing something different with some danger, allbeit it minor, and the scenery
Greg V.

08/04/2013
A successful summit, great weather, excellent guides and a good group of climbers. All unknowns at the start, but it worked out well.
Jeff C.

08/04/2013
Learning techniques, getting confidence from guides, learning about their accomplishments.
Matthew B.

08/04/2013
learned a lot about glacier travel
Chris L.

08/02/2013
the challenge, the comaraderie
John M.

08/02/2013
walking up from High break in excellent weather and feeling strong in a good rope team. That moment when you know you are going to reach the summit!
Andreas E.

08/02/2013
climbing on the cleaver
Dave F.

07/31/2013
Sense of achievement, not just in summiting but in learning new skills and challenging myself. I also enjoyed the banter with the guides. All very smart, enthusiastic and friendly people.
Gareth P.

07/30/2013
The camaraderie. Going into the trip I did not know what to expect for the size of our group, whether it'd be just my two friends or 30 strangers. I was genuinely happy for the bond and respect that I saw grow so quickly amongst 9 strangers that would later return from a climb as friends. This left a greater impression of the experience than even the personal accomplishment.
Greg E.

07/30/2013
Excellent staff. Very professional.
John Scott C.

07/28/2013
Reaching the summit!!!
Clinton E.

07/24/2013
The guides
Bryce O.

07/23/2013
My expectations of the challenge and remoteness were exceeded. I thought we might be on a route with a lot of other teams/ people, but that wasn't the case. I was surprised at how well the whole team got along. That made the experience better.
Shane M.

07/23/2013
The climb and the fact that it had it all. Elements of fun, challenge, and risk. Moutaineering really brings together the whole concept of leadership and teamwork in that all become equal when roped 20' apart on a mountain. Even with the different skill levels success was gained by a focus from the team and guides. I think the self reflection that comes with a climb is the best take away - summit or not a whole lot of personal growth happens with each climb.
Daniel R.

07/22/2013
The journey with my friends (including the guides).
Greg S.

07/22/2013
I liked the people in my group, the mountain was beautiful, and it was a challenge. I always felt safe and like there was a plan for what we were doing. When we got up for the summit push it was a perfectly clear night with a new moon. I've never seen so many stars! I never get over the great feeling of watching the sun rise over the mountains.
Jeff W.

07/22/2013
The positive encouragement of the guides, and the people we climbed with. Reaching the top was a great accomplishment, but the beer and stories afterwards were a great experience as well.
Mark K.

07/22/2013
The Mountain View and the new friends met!
Laura S.

07/22/2013
Hanging out with good friends and the elation of reaching the summit.
Kevin L.

07/22/2013
The sense of accomplishment and feeling like we were in more then capable hands.
Jason C.

07/21/2013
Training was good. People were great that we were climbing with. Mt Rainier was absolutely beautiful!!!
Dale T.

07/21/2013
Learning what it was really like to be on a mountain and experience the use of crampons, ice axe and to be roped up.
Bob H.

07/21/2013
I enjoyed the learning mostly, and gaining mountaineering knowledge. I also enjoyed talking with the guides, who were more than willing to answer any random question I asked them, whether it was about the mountain, their experience, their personal preferences, their personal life, etc, etc.
Tracy S.

07/21/2013
Being able to stand on the summit and look out into the world.
Brian L.

07/21/2013
Great weather and getting to the summit
Todd H.

07/20/2013
My entire team. The guides were great and the other ppm in my group all welcomed me in. As Tyler put it the summit is for the ego but the climb is what you remember. I couldn't have put it any better.
John P.

07/20/2013
Learning from the guides and having them safely push me to my limit to make it to the summit of Mount Rainier.
Herbert E.

07/20/2013
The fact that I made the summit and descent safely. Together, as a team!!!
Terence C.

07/19/2013
Location, challenge and professionalism of your guides.
Nathan B.

07/17/2013
Meeting new people and challenging myself on the summit attempt.
Ryan J.

07/17/2013
Making it to the top and then back down safely. I also liked the weekly training emails. I followed them very closly and I feel I was properly prepared for the physical aspects of the climb.
Dave B.

07/15/2013
I enjoyed reaching the summit and meeting other climbers on the trip.
Nick K.

07/15/2013
The chemistry of our climbing group and guides.
Scott S.

07/15/2013
Our 3 guides and all of their expertise. I probably could have climbed Rainier privately, but I really enjoyed the educational aspect of this trip. And at the end of the day, this was my vacation so I just wanted to have fun. I found our guides to be genuine people who wanted to share their love of the mountains - I never felt that they were condescending to those of us with less experience. Wouldn't have been the same without great guides.
Laura W.

07/15/2013
The guides. The fact that the teams were not too huge (6 climbers). Columbia Crest. The guides.
Geoff M.

07/14/2013
The team approach to climbing under the leadership of the guides.
Chris M.

07/09/2013
Summitting.
Mark T.

07/09/2013
climbing Rainer above Muir base camp. a good mountaineering experience and fabulous views on the return.
James R.

07/08/2013
Reaching the summit
Lauren G.

07/07/2013
That we were lucky enough to have amazing weather. I feel blessed that we had clear skies the entire day for our summit climb.
Kevin S.

07/07/2013
The new experience, the guides, being with spouse and friends.
Doug B.

07/07/2013
The whole experience was great. I really liked getting to know the others in the group.
Susan M.

07/06/2013
The guides were friendly and helpful! I also enjoyed getting to hear stories from their past experiences.
Christine A.

07/06/2013
Northern lights. Spending time with family. Knowing I can handle altitude and have the physical ability to make the climb. Learning how to use the gear properly. The descent from Muir.
Mark W.

07/06/2013
Achieving a life long goal and meeting guides such as Robert.
Carolyn D.

07/04/2013
The Mountain, the outdoors and the guides.
Andy A.

07/03/2013
Being on the mountain, learning from the guides
Steven J.

07/02/2013
For a guy who spends most of his time in an office, getting to be outside and explore a beautiful mountain like Mt. Rainier...I mean need I say more. Some people asked me leading up to the trip, "Why are you going out to Washington to climb a mountain?" Well for me the simple answer is because of its beauty in so many different ways. If you don't get that answer then you should probably stay home.
George M.

07/01/2013
we had so much fun when we all nine of us got to the top safe.
Greg S.

07/01/2013
Summitting of course!
Julius B.

06/30/2013
I enjoyed everything about the trip. The scenery was spectacular. The trek toward the summit in the dark was thrilling. Reaching the summit felt like a great accomplishment.
Shawn D.

06/30/2013
All the guides were top notch.
Jonathan P.

06/30/2013
Seeing the full moon at Camp Muir during a midnight pee break.
Jason H.

06/30/2013
Climbing.
Spencer F.

06/30/2013
The people, and watching the sun rise as we moved from the cleaver to high break. Just amazing.
John K.

06/30/2013
The satisfaction of completion. The developed camaraderie with the guides and climbers. The experiential aspect and what is gained from doing something like this.
Matthew J.

06/29/2013
Rainier itself is such an awesome mountain to climb. It is demanding, yet accessible. I like staying in the bunkhouse at Muir. The last time I stayed in a tent. It was dry and out of the elements. The guides were awesome.
Doug S.

06/27/2013
Casey was an excellent guide
Preston S.

06/27/2013
The group, guides included.
George S.

06/27/2013
The overall experience was incredible. Every detail was managed - you guys clearly have a proven system to maximize safety and likelihood of a successful climb - and you force all participants to adhere. I commend that.
Ben P.

06/27/2013
GAINED A LOT OF CONFIDENCE IN MYSELF AND MY TRAINING. I BONKED MISERABLY LAST YEAR 1/2 WAY THRU THE 3RD LEG ON THE WAY UP TO MUIR. LEAH AND BEN HAD TO FINALLY CARRY MY PACK UP TO MUIR. MY KNEES GAVE ME FITS ON THE WAY DOWN FROM MUIR LAST YEAR AND BEN HAD TO CARRY MOST OF MY PACK DOWN. THIS YEAR I WENT UP TO MUIR WITH NO TROUBLE. WENT ON THE BIG DANCE UP TO ING FLATS. WENT DOWN FROM MUIR IN A GOOD TIME WITH NO KNEE PROBLEMS. I'M PSYCHED!
Robert D.

06/26/2013
Of course, I thoroughly enjoyed reaching the summit, and getting safely down. Also, I immensely appreciated the Mountaineering Day School, which will have a positive and lasting impact on how I move on the mountains. I learned safety skills and procedures that are priceless, and I am grateful for the precise instructions given by the guides.
James C.

06/26/2013
Time above the cloud layer.
Sam M.

06/26/2013
This trip was something I had been preparing for for about six months and to finally reach the crater on Friday morning was just amazing. Words cannot describe how awesome it was to step into the crater after climbing for almost 6 hours. The guides were absolutely amazing and I so glad that I picked RMI Guides to climb with.
Juleea P.

06/25/2013
Being able to do the trip with my dad, along with the fun people.
Katherine Q.

06/24/2013
The guides made me feel very prepared for what to expect during training and on the mountain. The summit and enthusiasm they had when we got there were great. Enjoyed the sense of accomplishment as a team.
Charles P.

06/24/2013
Everything
Andy M.

06/24/2013
hands down, the guides. i could not have left the parking lot with out this team of people. summiting was certainly the high light but would have been unattainble for me without everyone involved.
Eric U.

06/22/2013
Having it behind me, so I can look out my office window at Rainier and know I beat it!
Emily S.

06/21/2013
I enjoyed the people that I was fortunate to climb with, but the best thing was the challenge and feeling of accomplishment upon reaching the summit.
David S.

06/21/2013
The natural setting is truly awe-inspiring. RMI made the climb feel safe and comfortable so I had the best opportunity to soak in the whole experience without worrying.
John B.

06/21/2013
Being with family and learning about the mountain.
Aaron N.

06/21/2013
The feeling of accomplishing a goal safely with the people I came with.
Sarah B.

06/21/2013
Professionalism, enthusiasm and skills of EMI guides.
Jamil K.

06/20/2013
It's gorgeous up there. I can't wait to go back and invite my friends
Eric W.

06/19/2013
Our guides were amazing. They made the trip one that I will remember forever.
Ryan K.

06/18/2013
Tough to say. Stellar from top to bottom.
Eric G.

06/17/2013
Experiencing the grandeur and the soul of this magnificent mountain.
Tom M.

06/17/2013
Having the guides with us, climbing with friends, the scenery
Amy W.

06/17/2013
It was a wonderful experience with my son (he made the summit while I was a bit short of the goal), friendly and knowledgeable guides and great teammates.
Paul G.

06/17/2013
The camaraderie amongst the guides and climbing team.
Adam M.

06/17/2013
I enjoyed having RMI guides be the leaders and attend to all of the climbers.
Richard F.

06/08/2013
Talking with the other climbers and guides and climbing in the middle of the night.
Daniel P.

06/06/2013
The view in the morning of the surrounding area.
Kyle P.

06/05/2013
Although I was bummed we didn't get to summit due to safety concerns because of avalanche conditions I left leaving happy to have made it atop Disappointment Cleaver when a white-out storm came out of nowhere. Although it was a bit scary I felt extremely safe with my teammates & guide Walter as he lead us back to Camp Muir. Climbing back down in the storm made me feel like a real mountaineer even though we didn't make it to summit. I'll be back to try again!!
Kristy L.

06/01/2013
The guides were excellent. Eric, Nick, Alex and JJ constantly went out of their way to be friendly, cater to our needs, provide pertinent information and make the trip an overall success. We were cursed with bad weather and a larg amount of snowfall which made the route unclimbable. So what was essentially a slow walk up a snowfield that I could easily negotiate on my own, they turned into a favorable experience with a beautiful sunrise on Muir Peak. They went out of their way to push the route, assess the conditions to see if there was any way we could continue safely. Althought the eventual call was that we could not (and they admitted it was a conservative decision) I agree with it and totally support it. Bummer as it was, I felt that I had gotten the safety and expertise that I had paid for and developed friendships along the way.
Robert S.

05/30/2013
Meeting other people on the trip.
Mark A.

05/29/2013
Camaraderie of our team and making the summit!
Josh L.

05/28/2013
The guides.
Rose P.

05/28/2013
The challenge. I need to be pushed around a bit in order to feel alive.
Jake T.

05/27/2013
Enjoying the moment on the summit, watching the amazing landscape in all directions.
Bo S.

05/24/2013
Making it up to the summit
Dan T.

05/24/2013
I really felt as though I was part of a team. Our guides were excellent. They were able to keep a relaxed mood when the situation called for it and kick it into "no BS" listen up mode when they had to. I felt safe with them at all times and was impressed by their quick thinking and knowledge of the mountain. From roping options and belays to getting sick climbers down, they were able to immediately assess situations and make the right call. Everyone was made to feel as though they had achieved their goal, even the climbers who did not make it to the top.
Tom M.

05/21/2013
The part of the climb that I enjoyed most was the guides. They had solutions for every problem and knew just what to say to lift your spirits in times of need. You could tell that they enjoyed teaching you and wanted to see you succeed. I was extremely impressed with the attitude of all the guides, none were stand-offish and all were fun to be around. The guides even took the time to get to know their clients. I was pleasantly surprised when we added our third guide and he knew all of our names within the next 20 minutes. By the end of the climb I felt like I was climbing with friends. I would go climbing with RMI again if just to get a chance to climb with such awesome people.
Taylor B.

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Table of Contents

Day 1

PRE-TRIP ORIENTATION

3:00 - 6:00 p.m.: We will meet at 3:00 p.m. at Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford, WA. Please dress casually and bring your climbing equipment and clothing.

We begin our Pre-Trip Orientation with a welcome and introduction of team members and guides. The afternoon is spent providing a focused introduction to a variety of topics and preparing climbers for the climb. This includes a detailed personal equipment discussion and gear check; an introduction to safety practices including use of helmets, harnesses, and avalanche transceivers; and instruction regarding Leave No Trace practices and environmental considerations.

Please make your own arrangements to stay in the Ashford area this evening.

Day 2

THE MOUNTAINEERING DAY SCHOOL

8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Meet at 8:15 a.m. at Rainier BaseCamp. Please arrive dressed for hiking and packed with your Mountaineering Day School gear.

The Mountaineering Day School is spent training on the lower slopes of Mt. Rainier above Paradise. Climbers are introduced to a number of skills, from the foundational techniques of efficient mountain travel (rest-stepping and pressure breathing) through cramponing, roped travel, and ice axe arrest practices. The training is a great introduction to mountaineering for novice climbers as well as a refresher for those with previous experience, ensuring that all climbers have the basic skills to climb safely and comfortably together on the mountain.

Please make your own arrangements to stay in the Ashford area this evening.

THE MOUNTAINEERING DAY SCHOOL

Day 3

CLIMB TO CAMP MUIR

Meet at 8:15 a.m. at Rainier BaseCamp. After a short team meeting, a shuttle takes our group to the trailhead at Paradise.

The hike from Paradise (5,400') to Camp Muir (10,060') is nearly 4.5 miles and takes most of the day. Once at Camp Muir, the guides will address the specifics regarding the climb, including route conditions, food, equipment, clothing recommendations, and any further questions you might have. Accommodations at Muir consist of a small mountain hut with bunks and sleeping pads. After dinner we retire to our sleeping bags to rest for the upcoming summit attempt.

CLIMB TO CAMP MUIR CLIMB TO CAMP MUIR

The Summit Climb takes place over the course of two days. On the first day we hike to Camp Muir; on the second day we make the summit attempt on Mt. Rainier and return to Rainier BaseCamp.

Day 4

SUMMIT DAY

On summit day we don ropes, crampons, helmets, and grab our ice axes. The route begins with a rising traverse across the Cowlitz Glacier and ascends the pumiced switchbacks of Cathedral Gap. From here, we gain the Ingraham Glacier and ascend either the Ingraham Glacier or Disappointment Cleaver routes; the actual route choice is determined by many factors and is left to the professional discretion of your guides. The steeper section of the Ingraham Headwall or Disappointment Cleaver is the physical crux of the route. After reaching the upper mountain, we ascend the higher slopes of Mt. Rainier, navigating the crevassed glaciers to reach the summit.

At 14,410 feet, Mt. Rainier is the highest point in Washington. The summit is spectacular with panoramic views from the Pacific to the eastern side of the Cascades when the weather is clear. A large crater dominates the summit, with steam rising out of the cavernous summit vents and the bare ground near the summit is often warm to the touch.

After reaching the summit, we descend back to Camp Muir. The descent typically requires half the amount of time of the ascent but requires significant effort as we retrace our route down the mountain. The duration of the climb depends on many variables including snow conditions, the time of the year, the route conditions, the weather, and temperature among others. Once back at Camp Muir, we gather our gear and descend back to Paradise. At Paradise, a shuttle takes the team down to Rainier BaseCamp. In Ashford we gather as a team to celebrate our adventure.

*We do not recommend scheduling an airline flight before midnight on the last day of your program.

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Qualifications

This trip is open to all individuals in excellent physical condition. There are no technical climbing prerequisites to join this program.

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Physical Fitness Training

Mountaineering requires a high degree of physical stamina and mental toughness. Even for the healthiest and fittest individuals, climbing mountains qualifies as an extremely challenging endeavor.

  • Start immediately. Start a rigorous fitness and training program now with the goal of arriving in top physical condition and confident in your skills.
  • Be intentional. Focus on gaining the necessary strength, stamina and skills to meet the physical and technical demands of the climb.
  • Be sport-specific. The best fitness and training program mimics the physical and technical demands of your climbing objective. The closer you get to your program date, the more your training should resemble the climbing.

For the Four Day Summit Climb, you are preparing for:

  • Hiking with a 35-45 lb load
  • Steep climbing and glacier travel with a 20-25 lb load
  • A 10-14+ hour summit day
  • Mountaineering techniques requiring core strength and flexibility

Nothing ensures a personally successful adventure like your level of fitness and training. Bottom line: Plan on being in the best shape of your life and ready for a very challenging adventure!

Below are approximate outlines of the program's physical demands that will be helpful in planning your training schedule and goals:

Total Climbing Time
Elevation Gain / Loss
Total Distance
Pack Weight
DAY 1 — Pre-Trip Orientation in Ashford
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
DAY 2 — Mountaineering Day School
2 - 2 ½ hours
Round Trip
Gain = 1,000'
Loss = 1,000'
4 miles
Round Trip
20 - 25 lbs
DAY 3 — Hike from Paradise to Muir
4 - 6 hours
Gain = 4,600'
4.5 miles
40 - 45 lbs
DAY 4 — Summit attempt and descent to Paradise
8 - 12 hours (summit attempt)
+ 2 ½ hours
(Muir to Paradise)
Gain = 4,400'
Loss = 9,000'
12.5 miles
Round Trip
20 - 25 lbs
40 - 45 lbs

Please refer to our Resources for Mountaineering Fitness and Training for detailed fitness and training information.

Acclimatization

Excellent physical conditioning significantly increases your ability to acclimatize. Climbers in excellent physical condition simply have more energy to commit to the acclimatization process throughout the days and nights of the ascent, allowing their bodies to adjust to the altitude more easily.

While the key to climbing high is proper acclimatization, this climb effectively moves up and down the mountain at a rate that exceeds our body's ability to adjust (acclimate) to the high altitude. This is true whether a program spends 2 days or 5 days on the upper mountain (elevations above 10,000 feet). During our short climb, our bodies simply do not have the time to completely adjust to the altitude, and because of this short stay, our bodies do not typically succumb to altitude's ill effects. In short, climbers generally experience the mild but uncomfortable, yet normal, symptoms of their bodies beginning the adjustment process. While climbers will feel better rested on the slightly longer programs, fitness remains the key factor in a climber's performance.

In addition, physical performance at altitude is often related to how well you have taken care of yourself throughout the hours, days and weeks prior to summit day. Arriving healthy and well-rested, maintaining proper hydration and caloric intake, and protecting against unnecessary heat loss (staying warm) are usually key factors in an individual's success on a short-term visit to altitude.

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What You’ll Need

The following is a list of required equipment. We may encounter a variety of weather conditions throughout our climb, including rain, wind, snow, sleet and extreme heat. Skimping on equipment can jeopardize your safety and success, so we want you to think carefully about any changes or substitutions you are considering. If you have questions regarding the equipment needed for your upcoming climb, give us a call and speak directly to one of our experienced guides.

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Provided Equipment

RMI provides the following equipment for your program: shelter, climbing ropes, sleeping pad, and blue bags (for solid waste disposal).

Every guide on your climb will carry rescue equipment and a first aid kit. Each climb has two-way radios and a cell phone for emergency contact.

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    • SLEEPING PAD

      Not required for this trip.  Climbers' hut(s) are equipped with pads.

    • ICE AXE

      The length of your axe depends on your height. Use the following general mountaineering formula: up to 5'8", use a 65 cm axe; 5'8" to 6'2", use a 70 cm axe; and taller, use a 75 cm axe. If you hold the axe so that it hangs comfortably at your side, the spike of the axe should still be a few inches above the ground.

    • CRAMPONS

      The 10 to 12 point adjustable crampons designed for general mountaineering are ideal. We highly recommend anti-bot plates to prevent snow from balling up underfoot. Rigid frame crampons designed for technical ice climbing are not recommended.

    • AVALANCHE TRANSCEIVER

      If you own a transceiver, bring it and we will ensure it is appropriate for the climb and up to standards.   If you rent one, batteries will be provided, picked up during the Pre-trip Orientation and introduced during the Mountaineering Day School. These will be worn on the upper mountain during our summit climb.

    • GLACIER GLASSES

      You will need protective sunglasses, either dark-lensed with side shields or full wrap-around frames. Almost all sunglasses block UV-A, UV-B and infrared rays adequately. Pay attention to the visible light transmission. The darkest lenses (glacier glasses) only allow approx. 6% visible light to get through, while lighter lenses (driving glasses) let in as much as 20+ %. A good rule of thumb is that if you can see the wearer’s pupils through the lenses, they are too light for sun protection at altitude.

    • HEADLAMP

      Be sure to begin the program with fresh batteries.

    • Each glove layer is worn separately as conditions change during the climb.

    • We recommend a minimum of five upper body layers, all of which can be used in conjunction with each other. Two of these should be insulating layers, one light and one medium, that fit well together. Today there are many different layering systems to choose from, including fleece, soft-shell, down and synthetic options.

    • INSULATED PARKA with HOOD

      This expedition-style heavy parka should extend below the waist and must have an insulated hood. While the parka is worn primarily at rest breaks on summit day, it serves as an emergency garment if needed. We recommend down rather than synthetic fill as down weighs less. The parka does not have to be waterproof, though that is a nice feature.

    • We recommend a system of four layers, all of which can be used in conjunction with each other. Products which combine several layers into one garment, such as traditional ski pants, don’t work well as they don’t offer the versatility of a layering system.

    • MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS

      Insulated mountaineering boots with completely rigid soles are needed to climb Mt. Rainier. While both leather and plastic boots will work well, each has strengths and weaknesses. Plastic boots will work all season long and are particularly useful for climbers with colder feet.  Appropriate leather boots (stiff-soled, insulated and designed to hold a crampon) are appropriate for warmer weather climbs.
      The freezing level forecasted for the time of your climb will be the best guideline for which boot to wear.  A freezing level below 10,000' will dictate the use of plastic boots.  A freezing level above 10,000' will provide the option for either plastic or leather boots.
      Whether leather or plastic, mountaineering boots are designed to remain stiff for kicking steps and working with crampons. To ensure that your feet do well, mountaineering boots must be comfortable right from the start. If renting boots, consider bringing personal orthotics or foot beds.

    • SUNSCREEN

      We recommend small tubes of SPF 15 or higher, which can be carried in pockets for easy access and to prevent freezing.

    • 2 - 3 WATER BOTTLES

      Hard-sided, screw-top, one-liter water bottles with wide mouths are required. Hydration systems are not recommended and, while they can work well below Camp Muir, they are not considered appropriate above Camp Muir or on the upper mountain. Plastics made with high post-consumer recycled content and BPA-Free are recommended.

    • 2 GARBAGE BAGS (LARGE)

      We recommend lining your backpack with garbage bags to keep items in your backpack completely dry.

    • 1 ZIP-LOCK BAG (1 GALLON)

      Please use the Zip-Lock as your personal trash bag.

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    • Arrange lodging in Ashford.

    • Reserve rental equipment.

    • Arrange transportation to Ashford.

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MEALS

On the Four Day Summit Climb you will need 3 mountain lunches, 1 dinner, and 1 breakfast while on the mountain.

MOUNTAIN LUNCHES

Mountain lunches are eaten during short breaks throughout the day. We continually snack to keep our energy levels up while we climb - lunch begins just after breakfast and ends just before dinner! Avoid packing any items that require preparation or hot water.

The importance of having foods that are genuinely enjoyed cannot be overstated. Eating properly is the key to maintaining strength while in the mountains. In order to combat the loss of appetite at altitude we aim to have a variety of foods that stimulate the whole palate, from sweet to sour to salty.

Recommended mountain lunch items: dry salami, smoked salmon, jerky (turkey, beef, fish), small cans of tuna fish, individually wrapped cheeses such as Laughing Cow or Baby Bell, crackers, bagels, candy bars, hard candies (Jolly Ranchers, toffees, Life Savers), gummy bears, sour candies (Sweet Tarts), cookies, dried fruit, nuts, energy bars, GORP mixes, and drink mixes (Gatorade/Kool-Aid).

Breakfast

Single-serving instant oatmeal or Cream-of-Wheat makes a good main course fare. A variety of granola bars, pastries, fruit and a hot drink mix of coffee, tea, cocoa or cider are suggested.

Dinner

Freeze-dried entrees are very convenient; it is best to be familiar with their taste (and the effects they may have on your stomach) in advance of your program. Instant soups and Cup-o'-Noodles are popular supplements to your main course. As an alternative, you might consider bringing a cold main dish such as chicken, pizza, sandwiches, pasta salads or stir-fry. We also recommend your bring hot beverage mixes such as coffee, tea, cocoa, or cider.

Don't worry too much about the nutritional aspect of meals; concern yourself more with a high calorie intake. Most importantly, choose a variety of foods that you like to eat. One of the normal, albeit disconcerting, adjustments to altitude is a slight loss of appetite.

Once we are at the Camp Muir hut, ample cold water is available for drinking and replenishing water bottles. Hot water will also be provided for your meals (freeze-dried dinners, instant soups, instant oatmeal, etc) and hot drinks. When planning your menu, don't bring any items that require extensive preparation, cooking or simmering. We are able to provide you with boiling water, but do not have the ability to actually cook food items.

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Payments

Deposit Payments: A deposit payment of $350 per person secures your reservation. Deposit payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, e-check, check, or wire transfer.

Balance Payments: The balance payment is due 90 days prior to the start of your program, and we will send a payment reminder approximately three weeks before your payment is due. If your balance payment is not received within 90 days of the program, your reservation will be cancelled and all fees forfeited. Trips departing within 90 days from the reservation date must be paid in full at the time of reservation. Please note that balance payments may be made via check, e-check or wire transfer only.

Cancellation

Once we receive written notification (e-mail or mail) that you are canceling an individual participant or your entire reservation the following fees will apply:

  • A fee of $350 per person will be charged for cancellations made more than 60 days before departure.
  • There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 60 days before your program.

Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy.

Cancellation Insurance: We strongly suggest that everyone purchase travel insurance. Please see our Travel Page for details.

Change of Date

Date changes are subject to availability and apply only to the current climbing season. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 30 days prior to your departure date for a $100 fee per person. There are no date changes allowed less than 30 days before departure.

Risk Management

Safety is RMI's number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in mountaineering such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. RMI guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that improve your chance of reaching the summit without compromising the necessary margin of safety.

Please clearly understand that mountaineering is inherently a hazardous sport. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of mountaineering, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in this activity. 

Climber Responsibilities

Mountaineering is both an individual challenge and a team endeavor. Some of the responsibility for the team is carried by the individual climbers. For this reason, we ask that each participant:

  • is physically and mentally fit, properly attired and equipped, and continues to self assess throughout the program to ensure as safe a climb as possible. If a climber's own physical fitness limits his or her ability to safely continue upward, that can have a negative impact on the summit experience or opportunity of other climb participants.
  • honestly and accurately describe themselves, in terms of fitness, health and skills, and their equipment to their guides, and that they adhere to the advice of their professional mountain guide.

Age-Appropriate Guidelines & Restrictions

RMI adheres to the following age-appropriate guidelines and restrictions on all climbing programs, domestic and international.

  • Ages 15 & under: No participants age 15 & under
  • Ages 16 & 17: Accompanied by parent or legal guardian
  • Ages 18 & above: No restrictions 

An individual’s birthday must precede the departure date of the program. For example: a 15 year old who turns 16 on July 1 may participate on a program beginning July 2.

Accompaniment by parent or legal guardian is required for the program or climb.

Summit Attempt

RMI cannot guarantee that you will reach the summit. Weather, route conditions, your own abilities, or the abilities of other climbers may create circumstances that make an ascent unsafe, and you or your entire party may have to turn around without reaching the summit. Failure to reach the summit due to a person’s own lack of fitness or to any of the events associated with mountaineering (such as weather, route, avalanche hazard, team dynamics, etc.), are not Rainier Mountaineering, Inc.’s responsibility and will not result in refund or reschedule.

General Policies

Any Participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied on the trip by a parent or legal guardian and both the Participant and parent or legal guardian must sign all forms.

RMI’s program plans and itineraries are subject to change or adjustment based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, and many other factors. RMI has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including discretion to change program schedule or itinerary, and change guides or staff, as necessary for the proper and safe conduct of the program.

We reserve the right to cancel any program due to inadequate signups, weather or route conditions. In such a case, a full refund is given; however, RMI cannot be responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).

If the Participant decides to leave a trip at any time after the start of the trip and prior to its conclusion, he or she will not be entitled to a refund.

RMI reserves the right to dismiss the Participant from a trip or to send the Participant to a lower altitude at any time if RMI determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant is not physically, technically, or psychologically prepared for or capable of participating in the program.

The Participant understands and agrees that RMI assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with any travel and hospitality service provided to the Participant by others in connection with the trip, including but not limited to the services provided by airlines, hotels, and motor vehicle operators, and that RMI is not responsible for any act, error, omission, or any injury, loss, accident, delay, irregularity, or danger by a supplier of travel or hospitality services to the Participant in connection with the RMI program.

RMI recommends and strongly advises that the Participant have or purchase personal life, medical, accident, travel, baggage, trip cancellation, and other insurance that may pertain to participation in the program. The Participant understands that RMI provides no such insurance coverage in connection with the trip.

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What is the Climber-to-Guide Ratio on this program?

Our climber-to-guide ratio is 3:1 on the Disappointment Cleaver and Ingraham Glacier routes.

What is the maximum group size?

The maximum group size of any program anywhere on Mt. Rainier is 12 individuals, including guides.

 

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