Mt. Rainier is one of the most renowned mountaineering objectives in the United States. Rising to 14,410’ in elevation, Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48. This course is one the most demanding that Outward Bound offers and it requires that each student possess excellent fitness, self-care and experience as a team member. This course is open to any Outward Bound alumni/ae and while mountaineering experience is not required, it is recommended.
Mt. Rainier National Park is located just over 50 miles from downtown Seattle and Puget Sound. It is an active stratovolcano and contains incredible geology and unique flora and fauna. Mt. Rainier National Park has the striking contrast of lush meadows and vibrant wildflowers set against the backdrop of deeply crevassed glaciers.
This six-day course will teach you the technical skills necessary to climb the mountain. The skills that you learned on your previous Outward Bound course(s) will be a critical part of creating a highly functional climbing team. After arriving in Seattle, WA you will drive directly to the National Park to prepare for the expedition. During your time on the mountain, you will be carrying significant pack weight, so arriving physically fit is critical.
Outward Bound climbs the Emmons-Winthrop route because it is less busy and more pristine than other popular routes on the mountain. This route offers outstanding views and a spectacular progression from lush forest to high elevation glacier. In addition, our itinerary allows for significantly more skills instruction than many other guided climbs on the route.
This Outward Bound course is not a guided climb—it will require active participation, decision-making and commitment from everyone involved.
To apply for this course click the apply button next to the course dates that work for you. The non-refundable application fee of $125 is due at the time of application. For full fee schedule and process,click here. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee.