Emmons Glacier

Length:5 days
Price:$2,250 per climber
Dates:July 19-23, 2021
Location:Mount Rainier National Park

TMG has been awarded a permit to guide Mount Rainier’s Emmons Glacier again for the 2020 and 2021 climbing seasons! We have been awarded this limited permit continuously since 2008, under the Commercial Use Authorization. We are thrilled to offer this climb to our returning guests for the 13th and 14th year!

Our trip will begin outside the park, at Crystal Mountain, where we’ll meet early on the first day of our trip for a gear check and pre-climb briefing. Then we will head in to the White River trailhead, for a midday hike to our first camp at Glacier Basin at about 6,000 feet. This is a great day to get some mileage beneath us and begin to adjust to elevation. On the second day, we’ll make a big effort that will bring us all the way to Camp Shurman at 9,400 feet. We have allocated day three as our first chance to summit, but we also have Day four as well, which can be used as an alternate summit day, in the event of bad weather on day three. We will plan to hike out on the morning of day five at the latest.

Rainier is one of the jewels of the Cascades Mountains. Our program provides ample time to practice skills, and also take time to appreciate the beauty of the park both above and below treeline.

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Emmons Glacier

Mount Rainier National Park

The Emmons Glacier is a physically demanding climb. Trailhead to summit gains over 10,000 feet. With at least three days in a row of technical glacier travel, and a 5,000 foot summit day.

Elevation:14,411 feet
Style:Glacier travel
Skill Level:Difficult

"I am very happy with my TMG experience. The guides were professional, personable, and extremely concerned about safety. . . I absolutely give highest marks to these guys. If you don't have much Alpine experience, or just want the security of seasoned veterans guiding you up this mountain, then I strongly recommend you sign up with them. Thanks, guys, for a great experience!!"

George C
Highland, UT

"What a fantastic experience gaining the summit of a mountain we've gazed on from Portland for 25 years! . . . We learned a great deal, had a ton of fun, felt in very capable hands, and had the reward of summiting on a beautiful clear day. The value of being with a professional, certified, guide and guiding organization was evident throughout. Kudos to the TMG team who were responsive, supportive, and fun to work with every step of the way."

Malcolm C
Portland, OR

"We booked 2-day overnight program on Mt. Hood with Timberline Mountain Guides. Our guides were great, . . super friendly and reputable. The program did not go as planned due to inclement weather but we still had fun and good experience. The guides were definitely flexible and provided guidance during the trip. I would recommend going with them if it's your first climbing trip on Mt. Hood for sure."

Portland, OR

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Due to the limited nature of our permit, this trip is open only to climbers that have joined us on prior climbs. Generally, this program is booked in the Fall of the prior year.

Consider the following climbs to build towards the Emmons Glacier on Mount Rainier:

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