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Preparation for Denali climb on Mount Rainier
The Denali Prep/Winter Mountaineering course is specifically designed for those who want to embrace the challenges of climbing Denali and/or develop winter mountaineering skills in extreme conditions. It offers comprehensive training to prepare for the challenge of The Great One. Throughout this extremely rigorous course, we encounter numerous challenges (closely matching those found on Denali and other similar "big" mountains) in an effort to develop highly aware, knowledgeable and competent expedition climbers. Hands-on experience in all aspects of expedition climbing will be covered.

Brief info

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Length: 13 kms
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Multi-day climbs with longer and more exposed climbing areas at the altitude up to 5000-6000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk several days for about 4-6 hours a day.
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Duration: 8 days
Altitude gain: 4030 m
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No prior experience is required, all necessary techniques will be explained by the guide before or during the climb.
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1. Easy
1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude up to 3000 meters. Easy, mostly walking terrain. Good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for those who have never climbed a mountain and who want to try it out.

2. Moderate
1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude of up to 3000 meters with some technical elements. Mostly walking terrain. Requires an average level of physical fitness.

3. Challenging
Multi-day climbs with longer and more exposed climbing areas at the altitude up to 5000-6000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk several days for about 4-6 hours a day. Steeper slopes, many crevasses. Requires an average to above average fitness level.

4. Strenuous
Strenuous climbs at altitudes of 5000-7000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk and climb on a moderate snow and ice slopes for several days for up to 8 hours a day. Continuously steep terrain, wall passages that require great commitment. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.

5. Extreme
Extremely challenging climbs for experienced mountaineers, high altitudes up to 8848 meters. Requires extremely high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as great practical experience of technical mountaineering.
CLIMBING/MOUNTAINEERING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements
Easy climbs with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.

1. Beginner
Climbing sections clearly arranged and unproblematic. Might include short steep passages and a few crevasses. Increased step safety is necessary. No prior experience is required, all necessary techniques will be explained by the guide before or during the climb.

2. Intermediate
Good navigational skills and efficient rope handling required, long climbing sections. Basic experience in using crampons and ice axes is required.

3. Advanced
Good sense of orientation en route, efficient rope handling, long climbs, requires securing at halting-points. Requires proficiency in basic mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.

4. Professional
Extremely steep, partly overhanging wall passages, ice climbing sections. Requires proficiency in basic and advanced mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.
CLIMBING/MOUNTAINEERING: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.

Itinerary

Important details

Accommodation
While the course you will be spending nights in tents.
While your stay in Seattle you can choose several lodging options. We recommend you to stay in Marqueen Hotel because you will have an option to share a room with another climb participant.
Meals
The meals are not included in the price of the tour. Though if necessary you will make one final stop for groceries before departure for the trailhead. However, it is advisable to purchase most of your bulk foods before you meet with the guide. If you are staying in Seattle, there are numerous supermarkets as well as the flagship REI, North Face, and Patagonia gear shops for fresh and prepackaged foods.
Your guide
All guides are certified by Mountain Planet experts for their experience and quality services.

We carefully select each Rainier guiding team, aiming for the highest experience level possible. The team of lead guides is composed of established climbers, instructors, and regional experts.
How hard it is
This course in designed for the beginner or intermediate climber wishing to develop strong fundamental skills in snow and glacier climbing. The weight of your pack is generally 65 pounds. We highly recommend checking with your physician before embarking on strenuous physical activity. The provider reserves the right to turn away those climbers who they determine to be in inadequate physical condition. Please note that based on the results of this training program the guide will decide whether you are suitable for the Denali climb or not. So make sure you come to this tour well prepared. Drop us a line if you would like to receive a training program for this course.
Transfers
Though the transportation from Seattle to Rainier is included in the price of the tour, you will have to organize your transfers from and to the airport by yourself.

You can get from Sea-Tac International Airport to the Marqueen Hotel or any hotel in downtown Seattle:
Shuttle Express: Airport to Marqueen Hotel or downtown Seattle and return. shuttleexpress.com
Cost: $38.00 one way
The Shuttle Express also has regular service to downtown Seattle and can be easily found via Sea-Tac courtesy phones.
Medicine & Insurance
In addition to standard medical insurance, we strongly recommend you to purchase specialized insurance for extreme sports. It is important that your insurance covers expenses related to the work of rescuers in the mountains (rescue work) using a rescue helicopter.
Sustainability
Our service providers are deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, trek, and course, they not only attempt to leave the environment as they found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. They reach for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad.

The mountains are their home and they are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of they courses and climbs they teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices.
Equipment
Climbing equipment
Ice axe, accessory cord, crampons, alpine climbing harness, standard carabiners, avalanche transceiver, locking carabiners, trekking poles, ascender.

Footwear
Wool or synthetic socks, double boots, gaiters, booties, snowshoes.

Technical clothing
Short underwear, baselayer bottom, baselayer top, hardshell pants, softshel jacket, midlayer top, hardshell jacket, insulated down parka, insulated synthetic pants.

Handwear
Lightweight liner gloves, softshell gloves, insulated mittens, leather climbing gloves.

Personal equipment
Expedition climbing pack, sleeping bag, inflatable sleeping bag, foam pad, spoon, water bottles, bowl, mug, knife, pee bottle, lighters, cooking pots or system, stove, fuel, tent, compass, trash compactor, toiletry bags, sled duffel bag, food.

Drop us a line to receive a full list of equipment.

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Group Climbs — Prepare yourself for Denali
Embrace the challenges of climbing Denali and develop winter mountaineering skills in extreme conditions. This tour offers comprehensive training to prepare yourself for the challenge of climbing Mt Denali. Hands-on experience in all aspects of expedition climbing will be covered.
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
$2200 per person
Group climbs are available on fixed dates
Show dates
January 23 – 30
February 6 – 13
February 20 – 27

Dates in 2021
March 6 – 13
March 20 – 27
April 3 – 10
April 17 – 24
What's included
Transportation
  • Round trip transportation from Seattle to Mount Rainier
Fees
  • NPS climbing cost recovery fee and park entrance fee
  • Guide fees (4:1 climber-to-guide ratio)
Equipment
  • Group equipment such as ropes, snow and ice protection etc.
Liquid fuel
  • Liquid fuel for white gas stoves (canister fuel is available for purchase
What's not included
Personal gear
Meals
  • Meals on Course
  • Meals while not climbing, including breakfast Day 1 and Dinner Day 8
Transportation
  • Transportation to/from Seattle, Washington
Accommodation
  • Hotels/lodging in Seattle. (We have a preferred arrangement with and the Marqueen Hotel, 2 blocks from provider's office)
Insurance
  • Mountaineering insurance
  • Trip cancellation insurance
All expenses incurred in the event of early departure
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure ( evacuation fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc)
Good to know
When should I fly in and out of Seattle?
We recommend staying overnight the night before the course begins and on the evening of the last day of the course. Because our last course day is a summit day, there are variables that make it difficult to guarantee the exact time each course will end. You will need to be ready to go at 6:30am on the morning your course begins.
How do I get from the airport to my hotel and downtown Seattle?
From Sea-Tac International Airport to the Marqueen Hotel or any hotel in downtown Seattle:
Shuttle Express: Airport to Marqueen Hotel or downtown Seattle and return. shuttleexpress.com
Cost: $38.00 one way
The Shuttle Express also has regular service to downtown Seattle and can be easily found via Sea-Tac courtesy phones.

Is food provided on my climb or course?
Please review the Sample Menu Plan in your confirmation package. As part of the curriculum, you are responsible for your own food. Before departing for the trailhead, the guide will check and organize personal/group gear. Additionally, if necessary you will make one final stop for groceries. However, it is advisable to purchase most of your bulk foods before you meet with the guide. If you are staying in Seattle, there are numerous supermarkets as well as the flagship REI, North Face, and Patagonia gear shops for fresh and prepackaged foods.
How heavy will my pack be?
Since everyone purchases different gear and is a different size, it is hard to give you an exact number. For most of our courses, you can expect your internal frame pack (packed with gear and food) to weigh between 55 and 65 pounds. It is likely that you will be asked to help carry some of the group equipment such as ropes and protection, so make sure there is some additional room in and on your backpack for approximately 4-8 pounds of gear.
What can I read to prepare for the course?
You will get far more out of your course by reading Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 6th ed., The Mountaineers. This book provides an excellent overview of the elements involved in alpine mountaineering.
How many students/instructors are there per class?
All Courses on Mount Rainier have a 4:1 climber to guide ratio and a 2:1 ratio on summit day.
I am concerned that the gear I am renting will not fit or work properly.
The boots, packs, crampons, ice axes, tents, and other items are cleaned and checked on a daily basis. Gear is sized at the gear check and changes can be made at that time. All of our gear is of the highest quality. Please note that double plastic boots do not break in.
Nature and Wildlife Support
Our local providers are deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, trek, and course, they not only attempt to leave the environment as they found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. They reach for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad. The mountains are their home and they are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of they courses and climbs they teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices.
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