Is this overkill for 3 days on Rainier?
Nah, especially with alpine mountaineering gear in your load. Just don't feel like you have to load it all the way up if you don't need to.
A couple other packs to look at would be the Osprey Aether 65 and 70, or an Arcteryx Bora 80.
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Do yourself a favor and find a way to get by with a 60 or 65 liter pack. It will force you to pack light and trust me you'll be VERY happy you did. if this is a one off trip, the Osprey Atmos is a great choice at a great price. If you see yourself doing this often, then pop for a higher end back pack..
Update. I bought and used this on Mt. Rainier. It was a 5 day trip so the 80 liter was totally needed. Pack weight came at around 50lbs with water and food. It took about half a day to get the adjustments dialed in, after that it was totally comfortable. I was the only one in my club that went with the 80 liter and everyone else had tons of stuff hanging onto the outside of their packs. I only had my rope and snow picket on the outside.