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Mountain Climbing in the United States

Explore the mighty mountains of the United States on your ultimate climbing trip.

There are so many possibilities in the US when it comes to mountain climbing. The  Cascade Range to the west provides many peaks including Mount Hood and Mount Ranier. Then there’s the Sierra Nevada range and the Rocky Mountains- and that’s just to name a few. These mountains are often set within stunning national parks and are filled with well-maintained trails for climbers.    
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Barbara J Eikmeier

5.00

January, 2021

Climb Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route Summer/Fall, 3 days

Too bad this review does not allow six stars. SWS is professional, client focused, flexible, and has the clients best interests in mind. I can say the personnel and leadership skills of the SWS guides are among the best. You can't go wrong with SWS.

Neil Ferguson

5.00

January, 2015

Mt. Whitney winter ascent via the Mountaineer’s Route, 4 days

I climbed Mt whitney with sws mountain guides in may 2015 ,what a fantastic experience me and two friends from the uk where led by john brown (jb) who was highly professional,knowledgeable and really good company.

Michael Smith

5.00

January, 2019

Mt. Whitney winter ascent via the Mountaineer’s Route, 4 days

Neil from SWS was amazing. We climbed the Mountaineering Route up to Mt. Whitney. It was an amazing experience. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. I leaned a lot. I would absolutely use these guys again.

Jordan Kowalski

5.00

January, 2019

Mt. Whitney winter ascent via the Mountaineer’s Route, 4 days

My guides name was Matt and we were lucky enough to summit Mt. Whitney during the winter. This was one of the most rewarding and fun experiences I have done and SWS did a great job throughout the process. Matt was such a great guide who took the time to educate us. He was polite, understanding and very helpful throughout the climb, I felt comfortable with him right from the start and look forward to more climbs with both Matt and the SWS team. Would recommend them to anyone!

Bryan Vidinsky

5.00

January, 2022

Climb Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route Summer/Fall, 3 days

Fantastic guide service! I have skied with a number of guides over the years and I have to say that the guide we booked through SWS was one of the most knowledgeable, instructive and fun guides I have spent time with on the mountain. From the pre-trip communication all the way through the climb and ski down, I felt that I was in good hands, which was really important to me as my climb/ski partner was my 17 year old son. Our trip was epic, 4:00AM wakeup to a full moon, beautiful climb and huge ski down, my only complaint is that it was only a two day trip! Highly recommend, great experience!

Theodora C

5.00

January, 2022

Climb Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route Summer/Fall, 3 days

I have summited some amazing peaks, but Mt. Whitney has stolen my heart. From her diverse landscape, to the ever changing appearance of her face each hour of the day; she is a wild beauty not easily put out of your mind. This Jersey girl hiked/climbed/scrambled-up/slid-down the Mountaineer’s Route, which was both physically and mentally challenging but, incredibly fulfilling. My guide, Matt M., was confident, extremely knowledgeable and skilled, and I am pretty sure part mountain goat. Best guide I have ever had, prettiest mountain I have ever been on; if you are considering this hike, I would say DO IT!

Andrew Moran

5.00

January, 2018

Climb Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route Summer/Fall, 3 days

Just finished my second trip with SWS Mountain guides...summiting Mt. Shasta a few days ago (previously climbed Mt Whitney last summer with SWS as well). This company provides excellent service both on and off the mountain, from addressing all my questions prior to the trip to establishing a well-rounded professional and fun educational experience during the climb itself!!!! Specifically, the guides on my trip were amazing, connecting with me on both a professional and personal level, keeping in tune with all aspects of the climb, emphasizing safety and education while helping me to fine-tune my climbing technique. Having used several different guiding services in the past, I have no hesitation to highly recommend SWS mountain guides!!!!

Harshikesh Panchal

5.00

January, 2019

Mt. Whitney winter ascent via the Mountaineer’s Route, 4 days

Had an amazing experience climbing Mt. Whitney with Richard & Tim. They were excellent guides and safely got us to the summit and back.

Loren Sweet

4.00

September, 2022

Climb Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route Summer/Fall, 3 days

Had an amazing experience! What memories but must be honest, we were in over our head. Feel we were physically up to it but we went from sea level to 10,000 feet in 30 hours and it was a challenge to keep up. Some time to acclimate would have made a big difference. The guides were careful and supportive. We were outside our comfort zone for sure but also realize that made it so memorable! Thanks Loren

thilo riegel

5.00

August, 2022

Mount Rainier 4 day summit climb

Ended up booking a one-night-and-one-day hike summiting Mt Shasta because Mt Rainier was booked out.

Jon Niswander

5.00

July, 2022

Climb Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route Summer/Fall, 3 days

Life changing experience!!

Ken Manabe

5.00

February, 2022

4-day Denali prep course on Mt. Shasta in California (Advanced winter mountaineering)

The hike was great and I got exactly I wanted.

Kendra Grubb

5.00

August, 2021

Climb Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route Summer/Fall, 3 days

Excellent experience with my guide Ben and SWS. Was able to summit Mt Whitney via the mountaineer’s route thanks to Ben’s understanding of the mountain and assessment of my capabilities. Great experience that exceeded my expectations.

Laura Zurczak

5.00

August, 2021

4 days, 3 summits: Mt. Whitney, Mt. Russell and Mt. Muir in California

We had such a great time summiting Whitney! Our guide Ben was very knowledgeable and respectful. We almost didn’t trek Mt. Russell due to too much smoke in the air and bad air quality, but the smoke cleared by early morning and we were able to make it out. Thanks again Ben for the memories!

Katharina

5.00

July, 2021

Mount Baker, Washington, 3 Day Guided Ascent

Myself and my daughter climbed Mt. Baker with Miyar Adventures via Easton Glacier route, Simon was our guide. The whole experience was epic in many ways. Simon's knowledge is excellent, I would trust him 100% in any situations that may come up on the mountain. We learned a lot and it was fun. The overall organization from Miyar was great (including informational emails from Jake and communication with Sandeep). Great company that I would choose again in a heartbeat.

Oz Pena

3.00

June, 2021

3-day Introduction to mountaineering with Mt. Shasta summit via Avalanche Gulch

Overall, the fair evaluation for the SWS Mountain Guides and the guide assigned to me is 3 stars. Reasons: 1. The guide did not seem to remember or respect the fact that I was new to mountaineering and that the name of program is called “introduction to mountaineering...”. For example, the guide set his own time for walking and resting without any concern to my physical ability for that timing. The guide walked ahead many times and didn’t even notice when I fell a few times. I understand the guide is not the insurer of safety or a hand holder, but a complete abrasive approach to the service is not right, especially when it’s a paid service. Perhaps, the guide is not a right choice for introduction tours. 2. There was a miscommunication with timing of the summit day. I thought we would start summiting around 5am the next day; however, I was told less than 15 hours before that we would start hiking at 1am the next day from base camp. We arrived at base camp early afternoon, and I’m wired up, hot, and not prepared to fall asleep between 5pm-12am, thus, I didn’t sleep at all. I attempted the summit hike but around 12k feet the sleep deprivation was killing me and I was catching myself falling asleep and my body trying to lay down while waking. The guide didn’t seem to concerned about this. Lack of empathy. Eventually, I had to insist we turn around because I didn’t want to go beyond 30 hours of no sleep and still have to descend from the summit. 3. The guide did help set up the tent and food. The guide did explain layers of clothes on and off and why. The guide did help instruct how to pack and why. 4. Overall, I feel this guide is best suited for advanced climbers not introduction courses as he seems to be more of a “ill walk ahead of you” not “ill walk with you” type of guide.

Mark Maszak

5.00

September, 2020

Mount Baker, Washington, 3 Day Guided Ascent

Whole group summited! Huge thanks to the guides for helping us all get there! It's certainly not an easy climb, but the entire experience was fantastic. Especially loved the snow skills training on the second day. Lots of fun was had practicing the self arrest & team arrest. The team arrest training was a huge confidence builder to see that I wasn’t going to take the entire team down if I fell The lead guide (Glen) was fabulous. You can tell he really enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors with the guests on his trip. Folks in the store are super helpful as well. Sandeep (owner) is great, and have talked with him in the store & via email several times to get advice. Great pre-trip guidance (including a meeting the night before the climb to make sure you have all the gear you need & nothing you don’t), and you can tell how much Sandeep cares about making sure every guest has a great experience. Lots of reasonably priced gear rental options available here as well if you aren’t sure if mountaineering is for you. Considering a Kili trip while I’m still in good hiking shape, and they’ll be the first place I look at if I decide to book.

Etienne Margraff

5.00

September, 2020

5-day Mountaineering Skills Course in the Cascade Range (USA)

I took the Mountaineering skills course (5 days) in Baker. I learned so much about Glacier travel, rope management, crevasse rescue, and much more! Glen, our guide was awesome and highly knowledgeable. We also got to summit Mt. Baker during the course which was the most magical part! I HIGHLY recommend them!

Jessica Wolford

5.00

September, 2020

Mount Baker, Washington, 3 Day Guided Ascent

If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. I had the very best experience climbing Mount Baker with Miyar Adventures. Coordination was not the easiest with Covid but they were very communicative throughout the process. This was my first roped travel experience and I felt that Miyar prepared me very well with gear lists and videos before the trip and with hands on training the day before our summit. Everyone was very courteous when it came to masks and social distancing. When we lost our guide just a couple days before due to cold symptoms (he took precautions and got a Covid test right away but the results window may have impacted our trip - it ended up being negative thankfully) the owner, Sandeep, stepped in to guide us! Sandeep made sure we were all safe and had a great time. Our team all summited successfully! I would definitely recommend this guide company and will be booking with them again in the future!

Simone Caliumi

5.00

September, 2020

Mount Baker, Washington, 3 Day Guided Ascent

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Barry

5.00

August, 2020

5-day Mountaineering Skills Course in the Cascade Range (USA)

Five days of awesome is all I can say. Glen our instructor and guide was extremely knowledgeable. I had previous glacier mountaineering experience and his techniques were so much more efficient than what I had been taught. To top it off we had a great summit day.

Adwait Vaidya

5.00

August, 2020

Mount Baker, Washington, 3 Day Guided Ascent

Overall, an absolutely incredible experience and memories that will last for a long time. For someone who had never done a glacier climb, this was an amazing experience. First time being roped up and getting to stare into the belly of the beast (a crevasse) was an unforgettable experience. Our guides Tyler and Chris were extremely knowledgeable. Throughout our trip they kept sharing interesting anecdotes and tips about climbing. Once we reached basecamp, they took us out in the snow to review cramponing, snow skills and how to wear a harness and attach yourselves to a rope. This was supposed to be a 3 day climb, but due to inclement weather it became a 2 day climb. We lucked out with the weather clearing from first day afternoon until second day evening. On the second day we set out with an alpine start at 2 am. At the summit, the views were absolutely breathtaking - by far the prettiest mountaintop I had seen. We were absolutely surrounded by mountain peaks on every side. We got to spend a nice 40 minutes at the top and hoofed it back to the trailhead by 5 pm. We thought we were done, but no - at the coffee break our guides told us we had paid for 3 days - so what did we want to do on the third day? They took us to a rock-climbing structure and taught us the basics of crevasse rescue and answered a whole bunch of mountaineering questions (we had a LOT). Absolutely unexpected and this third day was the cherry on the top.

Aparna Varma

5.00

July, 2020

Mount Baker, Washington, 3 Day Guided Ascent

This was an absolutely amazing experience for me. I had never climbed a glaciated mountain before, and was completely new to all the skills and equipment required for such a venture. Our guides Chris and Sandeep were super knowledgeable and consistently shared a lot of information with us. We learned how to wear a harness, tie ourselves to a rope, rope team safety, and basic snow skills. We started for the summit around 2:30am and reached the top in about 6 hours. We lucked out weather wise as it was sunny and not windy at all. The view at the top was breathtaking to say the least! Our guides made us feel safe and gave lots of tips on improving our techniques during the climb, so it was a great learning experience. Would definitely do another climb with them again!

Vishal Vasudevan

5.00

July, 2020

5-day Mountaineering Skills Course in the Cascade Range (USA)

Took the 5 days Mountaineering course on Mt Baker with Miyar. Sandeep is a super friendly person and he was able to set this course up for is on very short notice. I thoroughly enjoyed the course. The guides were super friendly and helpful. I feel more confident on glaciers now that I know glacier travel and crevasse rescue! Would recommend it to anyone interested in getting into mountaineering.

Steven Larson

5.00

July, 2020

Mount Baker, Washington, 3 Day Guided Ascent

Great trip. Weather was only bummer as it rained one whole day. Guides were very helpful and friendly. Plan to do it again next year.

Anders W

5.00

July, 2020

Mount Baker, Washington, 3 Day Guided Ascent

We are a Swedish family of five, of which 3 adult children, who had a truly magical adventure with Miyar Adventures on Mt Baker. Our guide Anthony was absolutely perfect, and took us safely up and down the mountain - thank you so much! Sandeep kept in touch with us and made sure we were safe. A tough and exciting adventure that we will never forget. We are totally satisfied with Miyar Adventures, they were very responsive to our wishes and we recommend anyone who wants an adventure beyond the usual to hire them.

Nick

5.00

June, 2020

5-day Mountaineering Skills Course in the Cascade Range (USA)

I took a 5-day Mountaineering course on Mt. Baker and I would recommend it to anybody who has ever had any interest in climbing mountains! The guides were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. We spent our time learning skills that can save our lives and hanging out with some great people. We even climbed to the summit to put all the skills together!

Ameya Rahane

5.00

June, 2020

Mount Baker, Washington, 3 Day Guided Ascent

My wife and I had decided to summit Mt Baker last year. We chose Miyar Adventures for our trip. Booking the trip was really seamless. Sandeep helped us through our scheduling. Closer to the climb, the Miyar staff sent out emails ensuring we were aware of what was expected. We were provided all information on what gear would be needed. Our guides Jonah, Simon, Ryan, and Matt were great They ensured the entire group was well taken care of in the wilderness. We were always made aware of things to be expected on the climb and we felt safe. We went through some beginner snow school training. It helped us learn basic skills of how to walk on the glacier, how to climb steep sections, and most importantly how to stay safe and self-arrest. The summit day was a breeze! It's an experience that we'll cherish for a lifetime. We're going to keep in touch with Miyar Adventures and plan another trip soon!

Parag

5.00

June, 2020

Mount Baker, Washington, 3 Day Guided Ascent

I summited Mt Baker in June with Miyar adventures. The experience was wonderful and one of the best for me. I recently started climbing and I am so glad that I could do MT Baker. I know for a fact that it would not been possible without Miyar adventures. I rented and bought all the necessary gears from Miyar. The owner Sandeep and his staff are very courteous and knowledgeable. They were vey patient with me, I had lot of question and they helped answered to my satisfaction. At MT Baker the guides provided appropriate direction and managed the pace so each member of our group was able to summit. Glen and Tylor are too exceptional guides in Miyar teams with their help and leadership we all were able to summit and safely come back. If you are new or regular hiker if you are looking for company which does right by their customer I would go with Miyar adventures. I hope to do some more trips with Miyar in the future.

Shirley Rawson

5.00

August, 2019

Mount Baker, Washington, 3 Day Guided Ascent

I recently went on a Baker climb with Miyar Adventures and I should say that they organized the trip pretty well and kept us on schedule throughout the trip. Glen helped us with gear picks, glacier travel skills and not to mention taught us few important knots, and gave a demonstration of the crevasse rescue system. Although it's pretty tough to remember all from the demo; I could certainly understand the mechanism of it. Glen and Sandeep showed their commitment to customer service to not only guide us on the climb but teach us few worthwhile skills. I would recommend them for their friendly nature with great guide service being provided.

Anders.Wanhainen12@gmail.com

5.00

July, 2019

Mount Baker, Washington, 3 Day Guided Ascent

We are a Swedish family of five, of which 3 adult children, who had a truly magical adventure with Miyar Adventures on Mt Baker. Our guide Anthony was absolutely perfect and took us safely up and down the mountain - thank you so much! Sandeep kept in touch with us and made sure we were safe. A tough and exciting adventure that we will never forget. We are totally satisfied with Miyar Adventures, they were very responsive to our wishes and we recommend anyone who wants an adventure beyond the usual to hire them.

Mike Ritscher

5.00

June, 2019

4-Day Glacier Peak Ascent Via Gerdine and Cool Glaciers Route

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There are many reasons for choosing Mountain Climbing in United States

From the rugged Mountainous west to the grasslands of the Great Plains and the many stunning national parks stretching across the country, there are a lot of different landscapes to explore and a lot of natural beauty to admire in the USA.

 

Good to know:

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Language

English

Currency

US Dollar

Best time to visit

The Northern hemisphere spring and summer months are the best times to visit. However, if you're looking for a winter climb then you should chose the winter months

Weather

The climate in the US varies by region. The northeast has cold winters and mild summers. The west has wet, cool winters and dry cool summers. The south, particularly southeast almost has a tropical climate

How to get there

The United States has many international airports. To access the west LAX is a good option, for the west any of New York City's airports will work. From there you can take a car, bus or transfer to your final destination or take an internal flight

More info about Mountain Climbing in United States:

Mount Shasta, in the Cascades, is a great climb. It sits at 4,321 meters and is one of the largest stratovolcanoes in the world. Neighbouring Mount Hood at 3,429 meters is also a good option and is not too difficult to climb. Mount Ranier is the tallest mountain in the Cascade range and not an easy climb. It’s worth it for the 360-degree views of the Cascades though. On the other side of the country, you’ll find Mount Washington, a challenging climb with challenging weather conditions. And if you’re really after a challenge, there’s Mount Denali in Alaska, the tallest mountain in North America and the third most prominent in the world.  

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