Mount Rainier, also known as Tahoma, is a large active stratovolcano in the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest. With a summit elevation of 14,411 feet it is the highest mountain in the U.S. state of Washington and the Cascade Range, the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States, and the tallest in the Cascade Volcanic Arc.
The Mount Rainier Climb is our biggest annual event and the cornerstone of our organization. We look forward to it every summer as the highlight of our season not only for ourselves but also for the veterans we work with! The Mount Rainier Three-Day Climb is the perfect expedition for veterans with some mountaineering or climbing experience who are looking to take the next step, learn more technical skills and challenge themselves at altitude.
For veterans with no climbing experience, our Mount Hood One-Day Climb is a great introduction to the world of mountaineering. You can learn more about that here.
The primary goal of this event is to provide veterans with quality mountaineering instruction, a chance to be a part of a team, and learn from the experience of our team leads. An attempt to summit one of America's greatest mountaineering challenges is just a bonus!
Your preparation for this climb will start well before you arrive in Puyallup, Washington. Climbing Rainier's Disappointment Cleaver is not only a very physically intensive feat but also one that requires knowledge of glacier travel and technical ability. Everyone joining us will need to spend time researching the climb and practicing the skills necessary to do it safely - showing up for the event confident in basic knots and systems used in glacier travel is a requirement! We will provide you with all the guidance, resources and support you need in order to prepare properly at home but you must commit to doing this important prep work.
All our instructors are teachers, trainers, climbers and veterans themselves, known for their leadership and character. They remember their own first steps into the mountains, and they volunteer their time every year in the hope that they will help other veterans to safely and confidently begin their own mountaineering journey. This enthusiasm, compassion, and ability to inspire other veterans forward to reach new heights will make this event one you'll never forget.
Veterans Adventure Group is not a commercial operation and our Team Leaders are not guides.
Mountaineering is an inherently dangerous activity and you are ultimately responsible for his/her own safety. Each participant is expected to have a working understanding of the technical skills, be an active team member and understand the risk involved through research. We operate using shared decision-making and the team leads are simply there to teach, share knowledge, and provide guidance to the participants.
It is the mission, duty, and purpose of Veterans Adventure Group to restore teamwork and purpose, provide support, guidance, and a strong network by building, training, and equipping teams of Veterans to thrive in extreme environments. We hope you will be a part of our team!
- Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills by Mountaineers Books
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Veterans Adventure Group is headquartered in Nashville, TN, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 46-3464443.
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