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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.

NPS Authorized ConcessionerAuthorized Concessioner

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

Address comments to:
Superintendent | Mount Rainier National Park
55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304

These services are operated in an area under jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of the Interior. No discrimination by segregation or other means in the furnishing of services or privileges on the basis of race, creed, color, ancestry, sex, age, disabling condition or national origin is permitted in the use of this facility. Violation of this prohibition are punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.

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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Hannah and David did a great job with a very confusing topic. I have so much more clarity of knots and rope systems. Thank you!
Annette B.

Thank you Bryan, Grayson, and RMI for making this level of instruction available!!!
Curtis B.

I loved being up in Mt. Rainier, the views, learning how to build crevasse rescue systems, and being "rescued" from the edge of the cornice.
Christine L.

The class I took was very informative, hands on and memorable. The guides were clearly very experienced, and they were also patient and kind. A+++
Rebecca A.

I really felt like I got way more out of the class than I paid for. The skills I learned and were able to practice are priceless and invaluable. The class was equal parts fun and informative.
Jessica V.

Both guides did a great job explaining all aspects of crevasse rescue with detailed reasoning behind each. They made the whole process fun and entertaining while demonstrating and providing useful skills in the real world.
Paul K.

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.

guides handled themselves very professionally, friendly, and overall were great to be with and learn from.both were very informative, and helpful in explaining and showing what we were doing and how to do it, but not only that but put it into perspective with why would you do this or why not. loved the class, learned a lot about what i was unsure of before, look forward to being on the mountain practicing my newly acquired skills. THANK YOU MUCH!!!!
Amos S.

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.

Our instructors were very knowledgeable and attentive.
Carl C.

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.

The people.... were amazing, literally, complimented each other extremely well too. I might just take the same class again for more fun.
Jason L.


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

The knowledge and skills gained increased my confidence and awareness. The group was great, instruction great and weather was good. "you will not find anything in the push for the summit! but, it is what finds you, that draws one to the mountain" rjw
Robert W.

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 Prusik 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

A list of required personal equipment accompanies every RMI program, and the thought process behind each item is much greater than simply “preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.” The list for your program takes into account factors such as: seasonality, route conditions, weather, elevation and more. As such, this list is framed within the broadest of contexts and is dynamic by its very nature. Therefore, certain variables (additions and/or subtractions) are inherent within such an all-encompassing list. We make every effort to recommend only top of the line clothing and technical gear and it is never our intention for you to buy or rent unnecessary gear.

The Guide Pick is an example of the listed item, giving you an idea of the material and specifications of the item. This exact item does not need to be purchased or used; however, any item you choose must have similar characteristics and performance abilities to the Guide Pick.

RMI Guides concur on the potential necessity of every item, thus every item on the list is required at gear check. However, guides may also have suggestions derived from their experience, some of which will vary from a given list. The guides’ recommendation whether to bring along or leave behind certain item(s) comes during the gear check, when the team first meets. Occasionally this recommendation comes at the expense of having previously purchased an item. If a guide presents the option of leaving behind certain item(s) on the list of required equipment, it is for a reason. Their recommendation may be related to the weather, route conditions, freezing level, perceived strength of the party, or desired pack weight.

Ultimately, there will never be a consensus for a “perfect” equipment list for an ascent. It does not exist because of the multitude of variables faced by climbers throughout the climb. Please follow this equipment list closely so that you will arrive for the gear check with all the required items. Keep in mind the list is not black and white, fine tuning will occur once you meet with your guide. Have a great climb!

  • 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 RMI2019 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.


      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.


      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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