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Mount Rainier: A Climbing Guide, 3rd Edition

Mount Rainier: A Climbing Guide, 3rd Edition

By author: Mike Gauthier
256 Pages, 978-1-59485-842-0
Mountaineers Books 05/31/2017
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• 40 principal routes and their variations, with aerial photos and route overlays
• Now with full-color photos and maps
• All-new beta on 9 ski and snowboard routes

Many of the most accomplished US alpinists have learned their skills on Mount Rainier. And many of the rest of us dream of one day standing on its majestic summit. Whether you’re one of these dreamers or an aspiring pro, you need this book, written by Mike Gauthier, the park’s former lead climbing ranger.

This new, 3rd edition is a major upgrade of the bestselling guidebook, which remains a standard for other climbing guides. New features include an expanded section on glaciers, including how to understand and traverse them, as well as new information on search-and-rescue and additional historical details. Gauthier has also added beta on all major ski routes, as this sport has become a favorite on the mountain.

Mount Rainier reigns as the single resource, packed with everything you need to climb the mountain, from your first time to your fifth: tips on selecting a guide service; nearby training sites to help prepare you; detailed beta on the 40 principle climbing routes; overviews of park flora and fauna; capsule histories of ascents and accidents; overviews of the major park regions; bonus routes to several other peaks inside Mount Rainier National Park; and much more.
Emmons/Winthrop Glaciers (PDF):
The Emmons/Winthrop Glaciers route is Mount Rainier’s least technical climb, with an approach through old-growth forest and subalpine and alpine terrain. Once on the mountain, the climb requires good glacier navigation skills as teams weave in and around immense crevasses. 1 Route, 2 Pages
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Ingraham Glacier Direct (PDF):
These routes, the most popular on Mount Rainier, begin where teams leave Camp Muir and cross the Cowlitz Glacier to Cathedral Rocks, and then move onto the Ingraham Glacier. Teams ascend the steeper sections of the Ingraham Glacier or Disappointment Cleaver to access the upper mountain. 1 Route, 3 Pages.
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Little Tahoma (PDF):
At 11,138 feet, Little Tahoma weighs in as Washington State’s third-highest summit. From Mount Rainier, Little T stands as an impressive sentinel of rock that divides the glaciers of Emmons and Ingraham. 2 Routes, 3 Pages
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