The Emmons Glacier Route on Rainier is the second most climbed route on the mountain, and may well be the least technical. It receives about 15% of the around 10,000 annual summit attempts. This is a long strenuous climb (10,000 vertical feet) and demands solid aerobic conditioning. The climb requires a climbing permit. See the NPS web site for the latest permit regulations.
PLEASE READ BEFORE APPLYING - Limited to applicants who have taken the Mazamas ICS program or who have the equivalent intermediate snow skills. Applicants must be comfortable with exposure, the use of two tools and steep terrain. Route-finding, glacier travel, crevasse rescue skill are REQUIRED! Two things are required to climb Mount Rainier: Each individual must pay the Climbing Cost Recovery Fee (good for the calendar year). You must pay this BEFORE coming to the park. All climbers must obtain a Climbing Permit for their climb (one per party, one per climb). This includes climbers who are attempting single push climbs or ski mountaineering. Climbing Cost Recovery Fee A new climbing fee payment system is now in effect. Physical climbing passes will NO longer be issued. Climbing passes were the little business card-sized vouchers that had been in use since 1995. Pay the Climbing Fee You must pay for the fee at home before you arrive at the park. Payments are processed on Pay.gov. Please do not send any more fax purchase forms in! The old purchase forms are no longer accepted. Please keep your receipt. Rangers will check to confirm that your fee has been received before activating and issuing your permit. Anyone climbing on glaciers, or above 10,000 feet, must register and pay the climbing fee. All climbers must also check out upon their return. The fee is: $52 for adults (25 years old and older) $36 for youth (24 years old and younger) Climbing Permit After you pay the fee, you will need to obtain a wilderness permit. The climb leader will obtain this climbing permit for the team. Find Activity Financial Aid Info here: https://mazamas.org/financialaid/