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Name: Mount Rainier via Emmons Glacier
Starts: Sat Jul 01, 2017
Meetup: TBD
Return: Tue Jul 04, 2017

Registration opens: Wed May 24, 2017
Event category: Mountaineering
Difficulty grade: D3  [?]
For members only: No
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 8

Organizer: Duncan Schouten
Profile info:
Trip Planning Questions

1. Please describe your previous mountaineering experience.

2. What is your training in glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and avalanche skills. If obtained outside of formal courses, please go into more detail. Which skills have you practiced in 2017?

3. Approximately how much do you weigh?

4. Do you have a vehicle? How many people and gear besides yourself can you take?

5. Gear:

A. Do you have a tent? Describe. Are you able to share?

B. Do you have a stove? Describe. Are you able to share?

C. Do you have rope? Describe. Half-rope or? Length and diameter?

6. If we haven't been on a trip together, who do you know that has?

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Participant Information

We've reserved a permit to climb Mt. Rainier via Emmons Glacier over the Canada Day long weekend, staying overnight at Camp Schurman on Sunday the 2nd and making a summit attempt on Monday the 3rd. While we should be back to the trailhead on the night of the 3rd, I'd advise against making any big plans for Tuesday.

Rainier is a serious mountain, and while the Emmons Glacier is not a particularly technical route, it is not maintained by guiding services.



  • Saturday, July 1st: Pick up permits at White River ranger station. Camp at White River trailhead (4200 ft)
  • Sunday, July 2nd: Ascent to Camp Schurman (9500 ft) and early bedtime.
  • Monday, July 3rd: Alpine start. Attempt on summit (14,410 ft) and descent back to White River trailhead.
  • Tuesday, July 4th: Return to Vancouver.

This trip is contingent on good weather and acceptable avalanche risk. We'll evaluate weather in the days prior to departure and adjust plans as necessary.

The following is required of all participants:

  • Previous mountaineering experience in an unguided trip
  • Training in glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and avalanche skills
  • Experience at higher altitudes, ideally above around 10K feet/3K meters elevation
  • Appropriate equipment and familiarity with its use, including - but not limited to - a four-season tent (used in winter conditions), as well as a harness, crevasse rescue, and avalanche rescue gear 
  • Valid passport and ability to enter America
  • A previous trip with the organizer, or with a BCMC member well-known to the organizer


Due to the limitations of our permit, this group is strictly capped in size. However, if you'd be interested in being an alternate in case of illness or injury, please add yourself anyway.

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