On this route you will find more than 5,000 feet of steep (40 - 50 degree) snow and ice. On this route climbers are not summiting from a high camp, rather they are carrying all their gear up and over the 14,400 foot mountain. This adds to the strenuousness of the climb. This route is often referred to as on of the "classics" of the Cascades.

Activity Notes

Mt. Rainier, Liberty Ridge: grade IV, steep snow, glacier terrain, sustained alpine-ice 2-3

The crux of this climb is finding a solid weather window, and so this climb will go any time during the May 27th - June 8th time frame.

Liberty Ridge is one of the most challenging, and committing alpine routes that Mt. Rainier offers. This route requires all applicants to have substantial alpine snow experience (>12 routes involving alpine snow climbing), and be comfortable placing pickets, climbing steep snow for extended slopes, and negotiating alpine ice. If you apply, please contact me directly to discuss the climb expectations, fitness levels, and skills requirements.


As a note, when assembling climbers for a Mazama climb, I deliberately strive for a diverse, and balanced team. I principally take into consideration an individual's physical fitness, skill level for the route, and how they can contribute to the climb team’s diversity. Diversity consideration especially applies to the selection of the assistant and lead climber(s), to help expand the diversity in prospective Climb Leaders in the Mazamas.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, or the assistant.

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 180 miles
Driving Time from Portland 4 hours
Expected Duration Car to car in two or more days
Relevant Books Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Volume I Potterfield/Nelson
Relevant Maps Google map
Awards Qualified 16 Major NW Peaks
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