An activity within Mount Rainier National Park is considered commercial when it is packaged and provided to others and compensation is offered to the organization/person proffering the activity. Commercially guided mountaineering is regulated through the 2005 Mount Rainier Commercial Services Plan (MORA 2005) (CSP).
Who May Guide?
A person may only commercially guide clients on Mount Rainier as granted through a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA), Special Use Permit (SUP) in lieu of a CUA, or concession contract.
Concession Guide Services
In 2019, three guide services are in the third year of a ten-year term concession contract. These mountaineering concessioners for Mount Rainier National Park are:
The three companies are required to guide clients on Mount Rainier and are authorized to provide other related services within the park. Each guide service may lead multiple trips on Mount Rainier, with a maximum number of trips per route, as identified in their contracts. At the beginning of each season, they provide the park’s commercial services office with a list of guides who are part of that year's Mount Rainier program. These guides may not guide outside of the concession contract on Mount Rainier, except to assist another concessioner.
Limits on Guides
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Last updated: March 21, 2019