Mt Rainier Snow Camping & Snowshoeing Overnight

Description: Join us for an overnight snow camping and snowshoe trip to Mt. Rainier in the crisp, quiet season of winter! You'll start off the trip with transportation provided from Tacoma REI followed by a short snowshoe hike into our camp area which includes snowshoe and navigation instruction. At camp you'll learn how to make a comfortable home for yourself in the winter - what to bring, how to carry it, what and how to cook, how to manage water and how to stay warm. Before crawling into your sleeping bag for the night, our expert instructors will guide you on a moonlight snowshoe hike to experience the glory of the area at night. This is your chance to learn the best ways to thoroughly enjoy the beauty that snow camping has to offer. Includes expert guides, all meals, group gear, park entry fees, transportation and pre-trip orientation. Because of the winter weather, this course is more strenuous than a typical overnight camping outing. Program sessions include 1 pre-trip meeting & 2-day overnight trip.

Skills you'll learn:

Students will learn and use the gear and equipment for camping comfortably in winter environment. Students will learn about specific preparation for a safe and enjoyable outdoor camping experience, including: Trip planning - where to go & activities to plan for, Weather considerations, Meal planning, Ten Essentials, Camp set-up, Snowshoeing, Leave No Trace Students will partake in an instructional snowshoe hike.

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

Mt Rainier Snow Camping & Snowshoeing Overnight Information

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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Mt Rainier Snow Camping & Snowshoeing Overnight Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Headlamp/Flashlight
  • Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.
  • Extra Warm Synthetic Clothing
  • Backpack - Internal frame 45-65 liter pack.
  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
  • Warm Hat
  • Warm Socks - Wool or Synthetic.
  • Insulated/Waterproof Boots - Suitable for snowshoeing.
  • 2 Liters of Water - At least 2 Nalgene sized water bottles or a large Camelback style reservoir
  • Base Layers - Wool or synthetic.
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Water Bottle
  • Energy Snacks
  • Warm Gloves


  • Binoculars
  • Lip Balm/Protection
  • Gaiters
  • Personal Camera
  • Personal GPS
  • Compass
  • Foam sit pad - Used for insulation when sitting in snow.
  • Personal Snowshoes

Gear provided by REI:

  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Hiking Poles - REI will provide but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Backpacking Stove
  • Sleeping Pad - Closed cell foam or self inflatable.
  • Food - Camping food.
  • Four Season Sleeping Bag
  • 4 Season Backpacking Tent - 2-4 person tent suitable for winter camping.
  • Cookset
  • Snowshoes