Mount Baker Climbs & Courses
Northwest Alpine Guides offers guided ascents of Mount Baker in Washington State. Our climbs are led by our professional mountain guides, who provide skills instruction and carefully monitor the safety of every team member. Join us for an ascent of the second most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States!
2 Day Mount Baker Climb – At 10,781 feet, Mount Baker, also known as “Kulshan,” is one of the most picturesque volcanoes of the Cascade Range. It is home to the second largest glacial system in the Lower 48 States, exceeded only by Mount Rainier. Our two-day climb is best suited for those with previous climbing experience, or those with a high level of athletic fitness and the ability to learn climbing skills quickly. To maximize your chances of success, Northwest Alpine Guides will choose to ascend via one of two standard routes on Mount Baker based on mountain conditions at the time of the climb.
3 Day Mount Baker Intro to Mountaineering Climb – Are you eager to experience the beauty and thrill of glacier mountaineering? In our three-day Summit Climb and Introduction to Mountaineering School you will learn the fundamental skills you need to climb Mount Baker successfully with a guide. This course is designed for first-time climbers and for those seeking to refresh their climbing skills. Mount Baker’s easy access to glaciated terrain and remote, wilderness setting make it a superb choice for anyone seeking their first mountaineering experience on a large glaciated peak. Breakfast, dinner and hot drinks are provided on the mountain.
5 Day Mount Baker Glacier Mountaineering Course – Learn how to climb big mountains on the second most glaciated peak in the Lower 48 States! In this course, you will establish a foundation of essential glacier mountaineering skills and put them to use while ascending to the summit of Mount Baker. The curriculum is designed for climbers seeking to develop the skills they need to travel safely and independently in glaciated environments or climb larger objectives such as Denali, Aconcagua and the high peaks of the Himalaya. You will practice the fundamentals of glacier mountaineering and snow climbing, including crampon and ice axe technique, self-arrest, rope team travel, crevasse rescue and more. Breakfast, dinner and hot drinks are provided on the mountain.
Mount Baker North Ridge Climb – Mount Baker’s classic North Ridge is a spectacular challenge for climbers seeking to hone their skills on steeper glaciated terrain. The North Ridge is one of the best moderate “big mountain” alpine snow and ice climbs in the Lower 48 States.
Mount Baker Traverse Climb – Northwest Alpine Guides offers a unique opportunity to experience the north and south sides of Mount Baker in a single climb. Suitable for climbers with some previous experience, this point-to-point itinerary takes you to the summit and across three of the mountain’s major glaciers.
Ruth Mountain Climb – At 7,115 feet, Ruth Mountain is a moderate glaciated peak and a fitting objective for beginner mountaineers. Learn to safely climb glaciated terrain with a guide.
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