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Skiing Down Mt Rainier, Washington

post #1 of 5
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Hi all.

I was hoping to make the ascent to the the summit of Mt Rainier wa, this year. I was hoping to be able to ski down from the summit (about 10,000 verticle of skiing from a 14,400 foot peak) but was wondering where I could find some info for guides or map, when to make the ascent. I have been able to find blogs about peoples trips but they all seemed to be ex guides. Is there an official guided route or groupes? If anyone has made the ascent and skiied down or has any info I would be very greatful!

Thanks 

post #2 of 5

There's a ton of information and guide books for Rainier. Try here for starters:

 

http://www.turns-all-year.com/

 

If you don't have glacier travel experience and crevasse rescue training, best to hire a guide or find a group of experienced friends that will take you with them. 

post #3 of 5

Skiing down from Camp Muir is a piece a cake. Skiing from the summit is something I would recommend getting a guide for; largely due to the route finding issues. You can get in serious trouble if you make a wrong turn...and it happens even to experienced mountaineers.

 

Getting 10K on Rainier is difficult, as the conditions would be so varied from the summit down to 4K. Most of the time, it is a matter of hitting a window of opportunity, which is difficult if you are traveling to the area instead of based here.

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I currently live in Seattle, I know many people who have skied from camp Muir but I was hoping to find a guide to take me up to the summit and ski back down. Going up is not the problem, the problem is getting back down on skis......

post #5 of 5

I know Martin Volken, a UIAGM guide and owner of Pro Guiding in North Bend, Washington, has descended Mt. Rainier from the summit, via the Fuhrer Finger. But I'm guessing he has descended other routes by now. When he told me about his descent, he said it was the most difficult skiing he has ever done.

 

He should be able to help you.

 

http://www.proguiding.com/content/private-guiding

 

Good luck,

Jon

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