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Jan 22, 2014
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what would be the best book or other resource for someone wanting to climb mount rainier for the first time. I have quite a bit of mountaineering experience but have never climbed in the pacific northwest. not looking for something to teach me how to climb but more route info, topo's, directions, etc. looking at fuhrer finger or kautz glacier routes but open to suggestions. don't want something super difficult but less traveled and scenic. george wilkey
From travelers rest sc
Joined Jan 23, 2013
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Jan 22, 2014
Gauthier's book is great.

amazon.com/Mount-Rainier-Climb...
Brian Bulthuis
From New York, NY
Joined Nov 6, 2008
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Jan 22, 2014
Agree with Brian on that book. It has everything you would ever want to know about routes.

It depends on what time you climb rainier for certain routes to be in condition (as expected).

If you want to something less traveled, I suggest staying away from Camp Muir. There can be quite a bit of people there on weekends and sometimes a bit of a show.

I did the Kautz with a friend on the 4th of July. Surprisingly, it was quite nice and quiet. There was a guided party of 5 or so but we camped lower than them and never heard them at all. Passed them on the way up and those were the only people we saw until we got up onto the summit.

If you have any questions feel free to pm me.


Chris Freye
From Seattle
Joined Nov 30, 2012
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Jan 22, 2014
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thanks guys, already ordered the book.

chris, I'm planning on next spring(2015) but you may still get a pm from me when it gets closer.
george wilkey
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Joined Jan 23, 2013
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Jan 22, 2014
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As others have said get a copy of Gator's book. The first half of the book is good practical info on being on the hill. The other half is on the routes. About the only part of the book that is "out of date" are the Carbon River Road approaches are a wee bit longer as the road is closed. Allen Sanderson
From Oootah
Joined Jul 6, 2007
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Apr 11, 2014
Any recommendations for which routes are usually in good shape end of may - early june? I'm looking to do 2-3 of the less technical routes if time, partners, and weather permit. Mark Ra
From Mid-Atlantic/CO
Joined Feb 6, 2014
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