Mount Rainier National Park
The beauty of Mt. Rainier National Park
will leave you speechless. Whether it's the alpine lakes, temperate rainforest full of ancient conifers,
charismatic megafauna, redolent lupines and other wildflowers, active glaciers, wild berry picking,
or the massive monolithic mountain itself, Mt. Rainier is simply awe-inspiring.
Mt. Rainier National Park awards
only 5 commercial backpacking permits every year.
Fitpacking has been awarded one of them, so this is one of your few chances to participate in a guided backpacking trip
to this famed destination.
We will be hiking a less visited Eastern Loop that traverses sections of the famed Wonderland
Trail on our 6-day hike, where we may encounter elk, deer, eagles, pikas, black bear, and marmots. Experience
the timeless wonder of Mt. Rainier with us during the short, relatively dry and bug free temperate season.
See Seattle Times articles about the Wonderland Trail
The Mt. Rainier National Park Fitpacking Trip will be from Aug 31 - Sep 7, 2013. Here is the
Our journey will begin at Ohanapecosh on the Southeast side of Mt. Rainier. We’ll quickly climb
up to Ollalie Creek and head to the Wonderland Trail. We'll stay at Indian Bar Camp and
then start Alpine hiking through snowfields to Summerland. We'll then head to White River, Glacier Basin and the
summit of Burroughs Mountain at 7828' for vast, sweeping, unobstructed views.
Mt. Rainier is one of Fitpacking's more difficult, advanced, and rewarding trips. The terrain is actually well groomed and well
maintained, however very little of it is level. Most days are spent either ascending or
descending thousands of feet, sometimes both. And this trip traverses (non-technical) snowfields.
Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures in the 60s
and nighttime temperatures in the 40s. However, be prepared for the possibility of overnight temperatures as
low as the 20s. During the 2008 trip, we woke up to several inches of snow on September 1st. By the
afternoon however, it had all melted and the next day, we were swimming in an alpine lake (not for very long
View 7 day weather forecast
lives in Pleasanton, CA and is a Wilderness Medicine Institute certified Wilderness
First Responder. A life long outdoor enthusiast, Rick is the founder of the wilderness education site
Rick has been leading backpacking treks and teaching outdoor skills to both youth and adults for over 10 years.
Krisdin (Threshold) Diehl
lives in Portland, ME and thru-hiked the 2,178 mile Appalachian
Trail in 2009 where she earned her trail name, "Threshold". In 2012, she thru-hiked the 2650 mile Pacific Crest Trail and plans to
complete the Triple-Crown by thru-hiking the Continental Divide Trail in 2014. She served as a Ridge Runner and Leave No Trace Ambassador
with the Maine Appalachian Trail Club in the 100 Miles of Wilderness in 2010 & 2011.
Krisdin is a
SOLO Certified Wilderness First Responder.
and American Heart Association Certified in CPR. She has guided the Florida Trail Fitpacking trip.
Here is a
list of equipment
we suggest you bring.
The list is extensive and can seem daunting, but please don't let this deter you
from the trip. You can rent top notch quality gear for reasonable prices from
Lower Gear or
It may also be possible for us to provide some gear for you at a nominal fee if you let us
know far ahead of the trip. Unfortunately, we're not in the gear business so the selection of
our available inventory is unpredictable. Please feel free to
discuss any gear with us before the trip.
We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Backpacking is a rigorous, rewarding activity.
You must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will dictate that you eat often, so it's important
to have fuel to feed it. Please check out the
is not comprehensive and may be altered or augmented. If you want to bring personal food, say a 5 pound chocolate cake, go for it.
You'll not only hate carrying it over 40 miles through the wilderness, your body will reject the empty calories and prefer
$1250 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a
room with another participant during the 2 hotel nights. You will also be responsible for
transportation to and from Seattle / Sea-Tac (SEA), personal equipment and any restaurant meals
eaten off the trail.
Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation, Park
entrance fees, National Park permits, insurance, satellite phone, and 2 awesome guides.
Although a hotel stay is included for September 6th, people who live on the East Coast
sometimes prefer to take a red-eye after the parting dinner that night. You
are certainly welcome to do so. And yes, you will be able to take a shower at the
hotel before you leave.