Mt. Rainier currently has one service guiding folks up the mountain on summit attempts.  The NPS is currently in the process of soliciting comments on their new Commercial Services Plan.  I think that the "preferred alternative" number 3 (in the Guided Wilderness Use Alternatives) that allows multiple alternatives in guided climbing providers is the best choice, but if you have "Climb Mt. Rainier" on your list of things to do in your lifetime, you should read the plan and then send your comments.

Here's the news release.  Comments are due by 11/25/03, and you can send comments by email to