PRICE

$925

SCHEDULE

May 17 – May 19, 2019
May 24 – May 26, 2019
May 31 – June 2, 2019
June 7 – June 9, 2019
June 14 – June 16, 2019
June 21 – June 23, 2019
June 28 – June 30, 2019
July 5 – July 7, 2019
July 12 – July 14, 2019
July 19 – July 21, 2019
July 26 – July 28, 2019
August 2 – August 4, 2019
August 9 – August 11, 2019
August 16 – August 18, 2019
August 23 – August 25, 2019
August 30 – September 1, 2019
September 6 – September 8, 2019
September 13 – September 15, 2019
September 20 – September 22, 2019
September 27 – September 29, 2019

DETAILS

Grade: Beginner
3 Day Climb

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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OVERVIEW

Our Mount Baker ascent (summit climb) and introduction to mountaineering school provides the opportunity to learn the fundamental climbing skills needed to climb the mountain successfully with a guide. The course is designed for first-time beginner climbers, or for those seeking to refresh their climbing skills. Mount Baker’s easy access to glaciated terrain, remote wilderness setting and big mountain appeal all make it a superb choice to discover mountaineering and ascend a large glaciated peak.

Mount Baker Intro Mountaineering • 3 Day Ascent

Northwest Alpine Guides will choose one of two standard routes on Mount Baker depending on mountain conditions at the time of the climb to ensure you the best chance of success. We climb either the Coleman Deming Glacier on the Northside of the mountain or the Easton Glacier route on the peaks Southern flanks. Both routes are considered similar in length, elevation gain and difficulty and offer a great introduction to roped glacier travel and basic mountaineering. Our professional guides will introduce and teach you the skills necessary to make a safe and successful climb.

All our courses provide breakfast, dinner and hot drinks on the mountain. We utilize the lightest high quality mountaineering tents, stoves and group equipment available to lessen pack weight. Our mountain guides are highly skilled professionals which are committed to providing our clients with individual care and concern for their safety and success. We meet in Sedro Woolley for equipment check the morning of the course and make our way to the trail head and high camp the same day. Day two is dedicated to learning intro mountaineering skills, on day three we make our summit climb, descend to camp and return to the trail head.

Easton Glacier / Southside

  • Approach Time to Camp: 4-5 hours
  • Distance: 3.5 miles, 2600 ft. gain
  • Trailhead: Schriebers Meadow, 3400 ft.
  • High Camp: 6000 ft.
  • Camp to Summit: 5-6 hours, 4800 ft. gain
  • Trail synopsis: This well-maintained trail is longer than the Northside route but gains elevation more gradually. We start the hike in the river valley, crossing the Easton Glacier stream (Sulphur Creek) and proceed up several switchbacks to gain a meadow at 4500 feet. From here the trail ascends the “Railroad Grade” which is a glacial moraine at a moderate angle. In early season we often camp at 5600 ft. at protected camps near the trees. We continue up the moraines over looking the lower Easton Glacier. This takes us right into Sandy Camp at around 6000 ft.

Coleman – Deming Glacier / Northside

  • Approach Time to Camp: 3-4 hours
  • Distance: 2.5 miles, 2500 ft. gain
  • Trailhead: Heliotrope Ridge, 3500 ft.
  • High Camp: 6000 ft.
  • Camp to Summit: 5-6 hours, 4800 ft. gain
  • Trail synopsis: From the parking area, the well-maintained trail gains elevation quickly, which makes this approach a bit shorter than the southside. After crossing Kulshan Creek at 2 miles (4500 ft.), we break through the trees, crossing another stream at 5400 feet, we climb the final steep moraine we and arrive at the Hogsback Camp between 6000 ft. and 6200 ft. Camp sites are scattered along the edge of the Coleman Glacier, and exact elevation and location will vary depending on water sources and other climbing parties.

How many days is best for me?

Our three-day mountaineering school and summit climb is designed for beginner climbers or for those without previous experience using ice axe and crampons on glaciated terrain. You will simply have more time for learning the skills needed to climb Mount Baker safely with a mountain guide. For those considering climbing Mount Baker as a two-day climb, stronger hiking and backpacking skills are required. A one-hour skills refresh will be taught after arriving at high camp. Our two-day climb is best suited for those with previous climbing experience or a high level of athletic fitness and able to learn skills quickly. You will be expected to keep a swifter guided pace.

Intro Mountaineering School Curriculum

  • Rest step, step kicking and pressure breathing
  • Ice axe techniques and self arrest training
  • Crampon usage and techniques
  • Snow travel, climbing as a rope team
  • Introduction to snow anchors
  • Basic climbing knots
  • Leave no trace skills
  • Summit climb of Mount Baker
  • Discussion topics will include: Clothing and equipment, packing a backpack, mountain weather, glaciology, acclimatization, snow camp skills. Our professional guides will follow the above curriculum, introducing the basic mountaineering skills necessary to make a successful summit climb.

Climb Highlights

  • A full day of mountaineering skills in preparation for the climb.
  • The day is spent adjusting to the altitude, enjoying views of the North Cascades, and preparing for our summit bid.
  • Enjoy a Northwest Alpine Guides adventure training on glaciers and climbing a classic volcano.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 • Hike to High Camp
Day 2 • Mountaineering School
Day 3 • Summit Day

3 to 1 Climber to Guide Ratio

We lead the Mount Baker’s Easton Glacier or Coleman Deming Glacier route at a 3 to 1 climber to guide ratio ensuring that you receive personal attention and hands-on instruction throughout the climb.

NW Alpine Guides is an authorized outfitter guide within Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Mt. Baker Ranger District

ITINERARY

Climb begins and ends in Mount Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest

Plan to arrive the day before the climb begins.

Day 1 • Hike to High Camp

Meet in Sedro Woolley, WA.

Northwest Alpine Guides will provide you with a detailed PreClimb departure book upon registration including personal gear list, meeting location and driving directions.

Our alpine guides will meet you for team introductions, gear check, and group gear distribution. The drive to Schreibers Meadow trailhead at 3,400 feet takes approximately one hour. The drive to Heliotrope Ridge trailhead at 3,500 feet takes approximately two hours.

The hike to high camp takes 4 to 5 hours. The team will set camp between 5,600 – 6,200 feet depending on the season, we prepare dinner and relax for the evening.

Accommodations: Tented Camp
Meals Included: Dinner (D)

Day 2 • Intro to Mountaineering School

Today is dedicated to learning the fundamentals of mountaineering. The course instruction includes snow climbing, use of ice axe and self-rescue, crampon techniques, rope travel, and basic introduction on knots and anchors. Throughout the program guides will host discussions on numerous mountaineering topics.

Each team member will be assessed throughout the mountaineering school. You will need to demonstrate adequate fitness and proficiency in climbing skills as your safely is our priority.

After mountaineering training, we return to camp and prepare for our summit bid. The team enjoys dinner and early to bed for the next day’s climb.

Accommodations: Tented Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner (B, D)

Day 3 • Summit Day • Mount Baker • 10,781 feet

Our summit day starts early with a pre-dawn alpine start. From high camp, we climb moderate snowfields to the saddle between Sherman Crater at 9600 feet or Colfax Peak at 9000 feet depending on the route we choose. From here, it takes between one to two hours to reach the top. Both routes ascend the final Roman Wall steeply to Baker’s expansive summit.

After enjoying summit views from Mount Baker’s highest point and celebrate our success we descend the route to high camp. We pack our gear and retrace the hike back to the trailhead.

We usually arrive back to the trailhead by mid-afternoon and conclude our adventure in Sedro Woolley.

Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Plan to depart the day after the climb ends.

Itinerary Notes
NW Alpine Guides makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

DETAILS

Where to Meet

8:00 am, the morning of the climb, we meet in Sedro Woolley for equipment check before heading to the trailhead. We will email you PreClimb info including gear list and departure details upon registration.

Deposit and Payments

$500.00 deposit includes a $200.00 non-refundable registration fee, due with application. Balance due 90 days prior to start date.

Price Includes

  • Guided climb and instruction
  • Scheduled meals on the mountain (breakfast, dinner, hot drinks)
  • Professional mountain guide
  • Group equipment (including tents, ropes, stoves, etc.)
  • Wilderness Permits

Price Does Not Include

  • Transportation
  • Trailhead parking fees (NW Forest Pass)
  • Lunch and snack food
  • Personal gear
  • Hotels or lodging
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Medical and evacuation coverage
  • Staff gratuities
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is mountaineering for you?

If you have never climbed before and are curious about climbing a big glaciated mountain, our Mount Baker introductory course and climb is a great way to experience mountaineering and decide if this adventure sport is right for you. Mountaineering is an intensely physical sport that requires endurance. A climb can be physically demanding, but once you reach the summit and look down at what you overcame to stand there, it is an exhilarating experience.

If you’ve added climbing the Seven Summits to your bucket list, getting started with a 5 day glacier climbing course is a great way to build up skills to prepare you for this international adventure. Or if you just want to see if mountain climbing is for you, a Northwest Alpine Guides’ intro mountaineering course is a great way to learn and summit Mount Baker.

What skills will I learn?

No matter what your skill level – whether you have just developed an interest in mountaineering, have not used your skills in a while, or have mountaineering skills but are ready to take them to the next level. Our mountain guides can teach the skills you need. We offer instruction from basic to advanced alpine mountaineering skills in our climbing courses. We will help get you prepared for whatever climb you plan to attempt – from Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, or Mount Everest!

Northwest Alpine Guides offers a variety of courses for climbers of all levels and can customize the instruction to meet your specific needs. NW Alpine Guides climbing instructors can also advise you on what clothing, gear, and equipment you need and have rental items available.

What about safety?

No matter if you have never climbed before, our instructors are prepared to help you learn mountaineering from the ground up. In addition to professional instruction in climbing skills, most importantly, you will learn skills that will keep you safe in the mountains. With an adventure sport like mountaineering, safety is paramount.

All our instructors have advanced avalanche training, wilderness medical training, and will instruct you how to be self-reliant in the mountains. Mountain climbing can be unpredictable – weather conditions can change in a moment and one wrong step can lead to an injury. Northwest Alpine Guides will instruct you how to climb safely and successfully.

Why choose Northwest Alpine Guides?

Mountain climbing is a perfect combination of adventure, enjoying the outdoors and appreciating nature while challenging yourself physically and mentally. Northwest Alpine Guides climbing courses can teach you the skills you need to climb safely and successfully.

Our mountain guide staff have decades of experience and have climbed the peaks of the Northwest hundreds of times, as well as many excursions to the most challenging summits of the world including Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus. Our guides are both knowledgeable and personable – and will ensure you enjoy the climbing experience as you advance your skills.