Our Ashford, WA BaseCamp has been the home of RMI and Whittaker Mountaineering for 50 years. Located just a few miles from the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, BaseCamp is the kickoff point for all of RMI's Rainier climbs, the epicenter of our retail and rental operations, and the home of the world-renowned* BaseCamp Bar &Grill
Featuring over 3000 square feet of retail space, our store is the real life version of this site. Stop by, try on some gear, and get advice from our extremely awesome staff, many of whom have summited Rainier multiple times! Get hours and directions here.
The company that started it all. Founded by Lou Whittaker, RMI has been guiding clients up Mount Rainier for over 50 years. But it doesn't stop there. RMI guides have led expeditions all over the planet. From the Seven Summits, to the 8,000m peaks of the Himalaya and the Karakorum, RMI has made an indelible mark on the history of mountaineering, and it's headquartered right here in Ashford. Learn more here.
The Bar & Grill
Burgers, pizza, beer, and more! Whether you're stopping by after a long day of hiking, or just escaping the city for a Saturday, you can kick back in an Adirondack chair, enjoy a beer, and listen to mountaineers regale you with stories fresh off the summit. Keep your eyes peeled and you may sight a Whittaker or two! Learn more here.
Whether you're looking for a cozy bedroom or want the alpine bunking experience, Whittaker's Bunkhouse is the perfect base for exploring Rainier. They've also got delicious breakfast, icecream for the kids, and the best coffee in town. Book now.
*15% of RMI climbers are international. So yeah. It checks out.