PRICE

$995 (advanced) 2:1 ratio
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SCHEDULE

July 19 – July 21, 2019
August 3 – August 5, 2019

DETAILS

Grade: Intermediate
3 Day Climb

 
 
 
 
 

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OVERVIEW

Mount Shuksan may be one of the most photographed mountains in the Cascade Range. The mountain’s name Shuksan is derived from a native American word, meaning “high peak”. The highest point on the mountain is a three sided peak known as Summit Pyramid.

Fisher Chimneys • 3 Day Ascent

The Fisher Chimney route requires more advanced alpine skills. The approach is longer and involves more steep climbing than the standard Sulphide Glacier route. We approach high camp from the trailhead near Artist Point a short distance from the Mount Baker Ski resort, hike through old growth forest and alpine meadows to Lake Ann. The climb begins with easy rock climbing up a series of chimneys, a short ice pitch known as Winnies Slide, then moderate glacier climbing over three separate glaciers (White Salmon, Upper Curtis and Sulphide), and concludes with a 3rd class scramble up the central gully, or southeast ridge 5th class rock climb of the summit pyramid. From the summit, we enjoy views of the north face glaciers beneath us as well as the peaks of the North Cascades. We then descend the climbing route back to high camp and enjoy a relaxing afternoon.

Lake Ann / Fisher Chimney Approach

  • Approach Time to Camp: 6 hours
  • Distance to Lake Ann: 4 miles, 1500 ft. gain / 800 ft. loss
  • Trailhead: Lake Ann, 4700 ft.
  • Lake Ann Camp: 4800 ft
  • High Camp: 6700 ft.
  • Lake Ann to High Camp: 2-3 hours, 1900 ft. gain
  • Camp to Summit: 4-6 hours, 2500 ft. gain
  • Trail synopsis: Hike south on Lake Ann Trail over Austin Pass (4,700 ft). The trail may be snow covered in early season. At about 2 miles, cross small creek and hike up small stream and over ridge southeast (4,800 ft) to camp at Lake Ann. Follow a climbers trail towards the lower Curtis Glacier. It switchbacks, crossing two gullys, and becomes obscure just before the entrance of the first chimney. Scramble approximately 1,000 ft of class 3-4 rock to high camp near the toe of the White Salmon Glacier at 6700 feet.

Climb Highlights

  • Enjoy a Northwest Alpine Guides adventure and summit a beautiful peak in the heart of North Cascades National Park.
  • Climb 3rd and 4th class alpine rock up the spectacular Fisher Chimney’s to summit of Mount Shuksan.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 • Hike to High Camp
Day 2 • Summit Day
Day 3 • Hike to Trailhead

2 to 1 Climber to Guide Ratio

We lead the Mount Shuksan Fisher Chimney route at a 2 to 1 climber to guide ratio ensuring that you receive personal attention and hands-on instruction throughout the climb.

Northwest Alpine Guides is an authorized outfitter guide service within North Cascades National Park

ITINERARY

Fisher Chimneys Itinerary

Plan to arrive the day before the climb begins.

Day 1 • Hike to High Camp • 6,700 feet

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 Lake Ann trailhead at 4,700 feet takes approximately two hours.

The hike and easy rock climbing in a series of chimneys to high camp takes 6 hours. The team will set high camp near the toe of the White Salmon Glacier at 6700 feet. The team enjoys dinner and early to bed for the next day’s climb.

Accommodations: Tented Camp

Day 2 • Summit Day via Fisher Chimneys • 9,127 feet

Our summit day starts early with a pre-dawn alpine start. From high camp, the climb involves a short snow and ice climb up Winnies Slide, then glacier climbing on two separate glaciers (White Salmon, and Upper Curtis) before ascending Hell’s Highway to the Sulphide Glacier and arriving at the base of the summit pyramid. We scramble 600 feet of third class rock to the summit. After enjoying summit views from Mount Shuksan’s highest point and celebrating our success we rappel our route and descend to high camp.

Accommodations: Tented Camp

Day 3 • Hike to Trailhead

After breakfast, we break camp, pack our gear and retrace our hike back to the trailhead. We generally arrive back to the trailhead by early-afternoon and conclude our adventure in Sedro Woolley.

Plan to depart the day after the climb ends.

Itinerary Notes
Northwest 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 per person 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
  • Boiled water for meals
  • Professional mountain guide
  • Group equipment (including tents, ropes, stoves, etc.)
  • Wilderness Permits

Price Does Not Include

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

Tipping

Our guides are dedicated to working hard to ensure your success and well-being on the mountain. If you have a positive experience, gratuities are an excellent way to show your appreciation. Tips normally average 10 – 20% of the cost of the program. If you prefer to transfer funds, please send gratuities through paypal.me/mountaingurus

Summit Attempt

Northwest Alpine Guides cannot guarantee that you will reach the summit. Weather, route conditions, your own abilities, or the abilities of other climbers may create circumstances that make an ascent unsafe, and you or your entire party may have to turn around without reaching the summit. Failure to reach the summit due to a person’s own lack of fitness or to any of the events associated with mountaineering (such as weather, route, avalanche hazard, team dynamics, etc.), are not NWAG responsibility and will not result in refund or reschedule.

Date Changes

Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 30 days prior to your departure date for a $100 fee per person. Date changes are subject to availability and apply only to the current climbing season. There are no date changes allowed less than 30 days before departure.

Age Guidelines

Participants age 16 & 17, on a fixed date group climb, and accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

Participants age 15 or under, NWAG requires a private climb, and accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

A minor climber must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian throughout the entirety of the program. If either climber must descend at any time during the program, both climbers must descend together.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend that all participants consider travel and trip cancellation insurance. Travel insurance offers the best possible protection in the event of a sudden, unexpected illness or injury prior to or while traveling. Northwest Alpine Guides does not insure you against these risks. For more info about current coverage plans and quotes please visit.

TripAssure

We recommend Assure Adventure Plans to cover travelers participating in climbing, skiing, mountaineering and trekking programs. Click here for a quote Reference code: MOUN0700WA

Adventure Plan and Adventure Plus Plan differ only in the coverage option which allows you to Cancel for Any Reason. In order to receive Cancel for Any Reason coverage you must purchase the Adventure Plan Plus within 15 days of paying your deposit or payment with NWAG.

Global Rescue

We recommend Signature Travel Insurance. For travel insurance or Global Rescue membership.
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Cancellations

Since departures require a minimum number of participates, Northwest Alpine Guides must adhere to a stringent refund policy. The policy is intended to protect participants who have otherwise committed time and resources to the departure. Please read our Online Reservation for Terms and Conditions.

MEALS

During the Mount Shuksan 3-Day Climb, you will need to provide all your own meals while on the mountain including (2) breakfasts, (3) lunch & snacks, (2) dinners. Northwest Alpine Guides will provide the group with hot water during breakfasts and dinners.

Meal Schedule

Day 1: Lunch & snacks, Dinner for hike from trailhead to high camp
Three or four 15-minute lunch & snack breaks

Day 2: Alpine Breakfast, Lunch & snacks for climb to summit, Dinner
Four 15-minute snack breaks on the ascent from high camp to summit, two or three 15-minute snack breaks on the descent from summit to high camp

Day 3: Breakfast, Remaining lunch & snacks for the descent to trailhead

Mountain Lunches

We recommend a variety of snack food for eating on the go, we do not stop for a big lunch break, we eat during short maintenance breaks throughout the day.

The idea is to keep your energy level up for the climb eating small amounts about every hour or so.

Some examples of snack-lunch foods are dried meats (salami), jerky (turkey, beef, fish), tuna fish, cheese, crackers, bagels, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, candy bars, gummy candy, cookies, energy bars, GORP trail mix.

The importance of having foods that you like to eat cannot be overstated. Eating properly is the key to maintaining strength while in the mountains. A diet of sweet, sour and salty foods is recommended.

Mountain Breakfasts and Dinners

Here is a list of suggested meal ideas for you to prepare prior to the climb.

Breakfast: Instant Oatmeal, Pop Tarts, Fruit and Granola Bars, Bagels, Peanut Butter, Cream Cheese

Dinner: Freeze-dried dinners are easy to prepare but do not always taste good, and may effect your stomach. Instant noodle soups and rice are also popular. You may also consider bringing a cold meal such as dried meats, bread, pizza, or sandwiches.

Hot Drinks: Coffee, Caffeinated Tea, Herbal Tea, Cocoa, Cider

Cold water is available for drinking and filling water bottles. Hot water (boiled water) will be provided for your meals (for freeze-dried dinners, instant soups, instant oatmeal, etc) and hot drinks.

When preparing meals, please do not bring food items that require cooking or extensive preparation.

Contact us for questions.

TRAVEL

Getting There

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.

The town of Sedro Woolley is approximately 76 miles and an hour and thirty minute drive from Seattle or Bellevue depending on traffic. The small town of Sedro Woolley is referred as “The Gateway to the North Cascades”. The cities of Mount Vernon and Burlington offer more food and lodging than Sedro Woolley.

Bingham Park
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
Click for location on Google maps

We meet at the picnic table under the trees, in view of the playground. Following the gear check you will have an opportunity to stop at a market for last minutes items.

Flight Travel

Most climbers will fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) the evening before the program and rent a car for the hour and forty-five minute drive to Sedro Woolley, Washington.

Northwest programs our itineraries reflect the date and time the program begins at a start location (Mount Baker, North Cascades National Park). When flying to Washington State you will need to arrive the day before the climb begins to meet the group at the program start location. With regards to your departure flight, our return time to the program start location is often unpredictable. We suggest a hotel reservation for the night of the last day and plan to return home the day after the end of the program. If departing on the last day of the program, we recommend booking a flight later than 10pm.

Transportation

Group transportation is not included within the price of the trip. This includes transportation from the meeting location to the trailhead. Guides are not responsible to provide transportation to team members. We often have a mix of local and out of town customers on each Northwest climb or course. Climbers are free to rideshare with other team members at their own responsibility. Our office will forward your name and email to other team members if you give us permission to share your contact information indicating that you are interested in ridesharing. The NWAG office does not coordinate ridesharing/ carpooling. In some cases, a Northwest Alpine Guides staff member can provide limited transportation from Seattle or Bellevue to the trailhead as a fee service.

Trailhead Parking

You will need to obtain a NW Forest Service parking permit at the trailhead lot. Passes are $5.00 per day. They can be purchased in advance or the day of the gear check.

Driving Directions

From Seattle

Take I-5 North towards Burlington to Cook Road in Skagit County.
Take exit 232 from I-5 N

Turn right onto Cook Road, Head East to Sedro Woolley
Follow Cook Road to Bingham Park Loop in Sedro-Woolley, 7 min (4.3 mi)

At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit and stay on Cook Road
Turn left onto Bingham Park Loop

From Bellingham

Take I-5 South towards Burlington to Cook Road in Skagit County.
Take exit 232 from I-5 S
Follow Cook Road to Bingham Park Loop in Sedro-Woolley, 7 min (4.3 mi)

From Burlington

From State Highway 20 East, at the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Cook Road (after the Walgreens)
Turn right onto Bingham Park Loop

Hotels

Lodging in Burlington and Sedro Woolley, Washington. For those who wish to lodge close to the meeting location the night before the climb, the following options are recommended.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Burlington
9384 Old Hwy 99 North
Burlington, WA 98233

Three Rivers Inn
210 Ball Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

There are many hotel choices in Seattle, Bellevue and Issaquah.

Red Lion Hotel Bellevue
11211 Main Street
Bellevue, WA 98004

Motel 6 Seattle East Issaquah
1885 15th Pl NW
Issaquah, WA 98027

Mountain Weather

For updated North Cascades weather forecasts, click here.