What happens in the preceding two weeks of your climb could strongly influence the trip. During the summer, a climbing ranger can be reached at the Paradise Climbing Information Center from 7 am to noon. For 24/7 information, check back here.
We recognize that some climbers are eager and excited to make summer plans. Most of our spring advice is focused on:
- Fitness - Start training now. Being fit can't be stressed enough; it will greatly help with your overall enjoyment of the climb.
- Teammates - Choose your partners well, as they will greatly affect the success and enjoyment of your trip.
- Duration - It helps to give yourself at least three days on any Rainier trip, particularly if you're traveling a long distance and this trip is really important. Extra days can be used to rest, or may provide a needed weather window.
- Permits - see the previous post on reservations.