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 awe-inspiring.
Mt. Rainier National Park awards
only 5 commercial backpacking permits every year.
Fatpacking 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 the less visited Northern Loop Trail as well as small 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 temperate season.
The Mt. Rainier National Park Fatpacking Trip will be from Sep 4-11, 2010. Here is the
Our journey will begin at White River Campground on the East side of Mt. Rainier. We’ll quickly climb
up to Glacier Meadows and head towards the North Loop Trail. We'll stay at remote Lake Eleanor and go by
Redstone Peak before we drop down to the Carbon Glacier. Eventually we'll climb up through beautiful alpine Spray Park before ending
our trek at Mowich Lake.
Mt. Rainier is one of Fatpacking's most 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,
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
Steve Silberberg, who lives in Hull, MA has many years of backpacking experience over a
variety of terrains and guides most Fatpacking trips. He is a SOLO certified Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace
Trainer, and Certified Food Handler.
Heather Gillis spent over 7 years as a backcountry Ranger with Olympic National Park.
She has guided Fatpacking trips to Olympic National Park and North Cascades National Park and is a certified
Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Master Educator, and certified Yoga teacher. Everybody loves Heather.
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
$1150 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, and 2 awesome guides.
Although a hotel stay is included for September 10th, people who live on the East Coast
sometimes prefer to take a red-eye after the parting dinner on the 10th. You
are certainly welcome to do so. And yes, you will be able to take a shower at the
hotel before you leave.