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Mt. Rainier - Crevasse Rescue School

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Mt. Rainier - Crevasse Rescue School

Mt. Rainier - Crevasse Rescue School

Our one-day Crevasse Rescue School focuses on preparing climbers for glacier travel.


  • Setting up a rope team for effective glacier travel
  • Proper placement of snow anchors
  • Building C-pulley and Z-pulley raising systems
  • Complete rescue scenario simulations
  • Crevasse site safety
  • Crevasse self-rescue


Throughout our day-long crevasse rescue course, we learn and discuss must-know skills and topics for all mountaineers. As a group we solve various rescue problems, with the objective of being able to perform effective and efficient crevasse rescue in the mountains. Experienced and talented guides facilitate our learning of the key skills needed for team- and self-rescue.

We recommended that you are familiar with ice axe arrest and basic rope travel skills. This course is an excellent refresher or supplementary course for anyone wanting to learn crevasse rescue techniques.


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.


RMI strives to create the safest mountain experience possible. Our experienced team of guides focuses on leading fun and successful programs without compromising safety. Each program 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.

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

Climate Change

OffsettersAll of our climbs in Mt. Rainier National Park are 100% carbon neutral. We have partnered with Offsetters, Canada's leading carbon management solutions provider, to purchase offsets for our greenhouse gas emissions. Their projects are verified and validated by third parties to ensure that the emission reductions are real, additional, and permanent, so we know that our contribution is making a real difference.

By supporting this project, we prevent the equivalent amount of greenhouse gas emissions that were generated by our operations from being emitted somewhere else. These offsets allow us to achieve our goal of sustainability and further promote responsible environmental practices.

Contact Us

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.

Climber Reviews

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I enjoyed the wealth of experience that both guides brought to play, as well as, their ability to seamlessly compliment each other's instruction. The progression of skills taught was well thought out and each of us had the chance to demonstrate what we learnt. When we needed coaching, the guides took their time to ensure we knew the information correctly, challenging us when appropriate, too.
Josh B.

What I enjoyed most was their ability to explain each feature taught in multiple ways so that all of us were able to digest the material.
Jeffrey L.

I've attended several courses specific to belaying, ice climbing, and mountaineering. I enjoyed the fact that I still learned more- excellent execution and venue for just a single day's class.
James E.

I am VERY likely to recommend the crevasse training to others. I felt this class was well worth the time, money and energy. I left with much more technical knowledge than I anticipated, as well as some practical knowledge and suggestions.
Ashley S.

As with any formal course, learning from subject matter experts is what one comes to expect while in attendance. The course staff provided that, and then some by inserting relevant real-world experiences into our simple problem solving exercises. I enjoyed the hands on approach and the systematic approach to the curriculum.
Caylen W.

Guides did a great job of creating a learning environment where they were working with a diverse set of skills and experiences. I found it helpful that we had the time to learn through some second effort to help iron out the details. Very hands on course that puts you in the drivers seat.
Dave G.


Nice people, beautiful country, and valuable skills.
Scott A.

Learning how to make the pulley system and rope climbing.
Aaron S.

Elias was great! I couldn't have asked for more in a teacher!
Brett M.

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Day 1


7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Rainier BaseCamp. Please arrive dressed for hiking and packed with your Crevasse Rescue School gear.

*Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford opens at 7:00 a.m. Climbers may register with RMI, pick up rental equipment and purchase last minute items from Whittaker Mountaineering during this time.

We begin the morning with a welcome and introduction of team members and guides. We spend an hour in the morning discussing knots and preparing our gear for the day of training. Guides offer final packing and clothing suggestions before a shuttle takes our team to the trailhead at Paradise.

We ascend to our training area just above Paradise on the lower slopes of Mt. Rainier between 6,000' and 6,600'. We focus on snow anchors (pickets, bollard construction, "dead-man" anchors, etc.), anchor equalization, belays, use of prussic slings, mechanical ascenders and the "C" and "Z" pulley systems. Various problems and considerations of team rescue are also discussed and practiced.

Following the day of training, the shuttle takes our group back to Rainier BaseCamp.

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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.

Most of the required equipment is available for rent or purchase from our affiliate Whittaker Mountaineering. RMI climbers receive a 10% discount on new clothing and equipment items ordered from Whittaker Mountaineering when they use code RMI2018 at checkout. This offer excludes sale items, rentals, meal packages, and Feathered Friends.

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Equipment List

    • 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.


      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.


      One item for face protection is required. Our primary recommendation is the Buff. A neck gaiter or balaclava is also acceptable.


      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.


      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 (or double boots - a boot with a removable insulated liner) will work all season. Appropriate leather boots (stiff-soled, insulated and designed to hold a crampon) are suitable only for warm 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 or double boots.  A freezing level above 10,000' will provide the option for either plastic boots, double boots or single leather boots. Freezing levels above 10,000' are only seen on a consistent basis between July 1 and August 15 on Mt. Rainier.  We strongly recommend plastic or double boots outside of this time frame.
      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.


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

    • 1 - 2 WATER BOTTLES

      Hard-sided, screw-top, one-liter water bottles with wide mouths are required. Plastics made with high post-consumer recycled content and BPA-Free are recommended.


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


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

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    • Purchase travel insurance.

    • Arrange lodging in Ashford.

    • Reserve rental equipment.

    • Arrange transportation to Ashford.

    • Be in the Best Shape of Your Life!

Provided Equipment

RMI provides the following equipment for your program: climbing ropes and blue bags (for solid waste disposal). Every guide will carry a first aid kit and two-way radios.

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