mambwe wrote:I've been turned around by weather before, so no surprises there. From what I have read and discussed with guides services, mid- July through August has the most stable weather. Hopefully that will help our chances of getting to the top.
Mt. Adams was on our list of places to help acclimatize.
Any other peaks? Anything about the guide services?
Of the guide services you mentionedm I would recommend AAI, but aslo look into Chris Simmons (currently at Pro Ski in North Bend, Washington). http://climbskirun.blogspot.com/
. He should be able to set up a custom itinerary. He is a great guy and a great guide.
July 5th through Septemember is typically really good weather, this year not withstanding.
Unfortunately, in the near vicinity of Adams/Rainier, there are not a lot of other high mountains. Hood is nearby but usually too rockfall prone that time of the year. Maybe take a look at the Oregon Volcanoe like the Sisters, Broken Top, Jefferson.
My opinion, do an accimatization climb (Adams/Stuart/hike to Camp Muir) and spend a night or two, then descend, relax, go rockclimbing, or whatever so you are fresh for Rainier. You don't want to get sunburned/dehydrated/depleted before the main event.