PACK & BAG
SLEEPING BAG and SLEEPING PAD: A bag rated to 20В° F will keep you warm. A small deviation is fine. You may use either goose down or synthetic. A compression style stuff sack is recommended. В A foam or air filled pad will keep you off the cold ground, warm, and relatively comfortable while sleeping.
CLIMBING HARNESS: A comfortable, adjustable harness is necessary for training and while climbing on the upper mountain.
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.
CRAMPONS: The 10 to 12 point adjustable crampons designed for general mountaineering are ideal. Rigid frame crampons designed for technical ice climbing are not recommended on Mt. Rainier. If you bring your own crampons, bring the appropriate repair kit/replacement parts and adjusting tools.
TREKKING or SKI POLES: Trekking poles are used on the approach and to provide additional stability in adverse weather.
TWO LOCKING CARABINERS: For tying into the rope.
ONE 9-FOOT LONG WEBBING: For a chest harness (1 inch wide).
BALACLAVA/NECK GAITER: Required for cold and windy days.
BALL CAP: A lightweight ball cap, bandana or sun hat works very well.
GLACIER GLASSES: A pair of sunglasses with dark lenses and side shields or full wrap-type sunglasses is required.
GOGGLES: Amber or rose-tinted goggles are required for adverse weather. Additionally, contact lens wearers may find a goggle with clear lenses very useful on windy, dusty nights.
HEADLAMP: With an “alpine start,” we will travel approximately four to six hours in the dark. We strongly recommend Lithium batteries as they perform well in a cold environment. If you choose alkaline batteries, bring an additional set, and ensure that they are kept in a warm pocket while climbing.
MEDIUM WEIGHT INSULATED GLOVE: One pair of wind/water resistant ski gloves.
HEAVY WEIGHT INSULATED GLOVE or MITTEN: One pair of wind/water resistant, insulated gloves or mittens for protection against wind, snow and cold. These also serve as emergency back-ups if you drop or lose a glove.
INSULATING LAYERS: A variety of insulating layers work well on Mt. Rainier. Your choice of garment (fleece or soft-shell) and the number of garments (one or two) should be based on how well you do in the cold. Generally speaking, we recommend two layers that work in combination with each other.
SHELL JACKET: You will need a jacket made of rain/wind resistant material with an attached hood.
INSULATED PARKA with HOOD: This item becomes of highest importance when we are faced with poor weather. Additionally, this oversized, insulated parka traps heat at rest breaks. The parka may be either goose down or synthetic fill and should have at least two inches of insulation thickness. It should fit over all of your clothing layers, including your wind shell. We do not recommend wind jackets with zip-in liners or down sweaters as substitutes as they are not warm enough for this climb.
INSULATING LAYER: One pair of fleece or windstopper pants is required for the upper mountain. Full-length side zippers are recommended for making quick clothing adjustments, and for ventilating options.
SHELL PANT: A pant made of rain/wind resistant material will be needed for the climb. Full-length side zippers are a great option, facilitating quick clothing adjustments over boots and crampons.
LIGHT WEIGHT TREKKING PANT OR SHORTS – Optional
GAITERS: A knee-length pair of gaiters, large enough to fit over your mountaineering boots, will be needed. This will protect you from catching your crampons on loose clothing.
SOCKS: Two pair, either wool or synthetic. Some people find liner socks useful for reducing friction.
SUNSCREEN and LIP PROTECTION
2 – 3 LITERS of WATER: Wide-mouth water bottles and/or a hydration system. В Wide-mouth bottles are ideal since their opening is less likely to freeze. If you bring a hydration system, also bring a one liter water bottle as back up.
2 LARGE GARBAGE BAGS and a 1 GALLON ZIP-LOCK BAG: We recommend lining your backpack and sleeping bag stuff sack with garbage bags to keep items in your backpack completely dry. Please use the Zip-Lock as your personal trash bag.
TOILETRIES: Toothbrush, toothpaste and a few hand/sanitary wipes. Bring some personal toilet paper for your climb.
SHARED GROUP EQUIPMENT
Snow Pickets or Anchors