Northwest Mountaineering Course

Glacier Mountaineering

Price $1320
  • 05/26/2018 - 5 day course
  • 06/16/2018 - 5 day course
  • 07/21/2018 - 5 day course
  • 08/14/2018 - 5 day course
  • 09/14/2018 - 5 day course
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Mount Baker Glacier Mountaineering • 5 day course

Glacier Mountaineering – $1320
Glacier Mountaineering & Intro to Alpine Rock (7-day) – $1750 (advanced)

Learn how to mountain climb on the second most glaciated peak in the lower 48 States! The emphasis of this course is on building glacier mountaineering skills as well as a summit climb of Mount Baker. The instruction is designed for climbers seeking to further their skills for larger peaks or to gain independence in a glaciated environment. During the school you will learn the fundamentals of glacier mountaineering, climbing on snow and cramponing techniques, self arrest, traveling as a rope team, crevasse rescue, covering the essential climbing skills needed to travel safely in the mountains. Our glacier mountaineering course allows more time to develop advanced mountaineering skills, preparing aspiring climbers for expeditions to Denali, Aconcagua, or the Himalaya. Alternate course locations can be held on Mount Shuksan or Boston Basin in North Cascades NP.

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. 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 and three is dedicated to learning glacier mountaineering skills, on day four we make our summit climb. Day five return to the trail head.

Or put it all together and combine our 5-day Glacier Mountaineering Course with our 2-day Intro to Alpine Rock Course and discover what alpine climbing is really about.

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

Glacier Mountaineering School Curriculum

• Rest step, step kicking and pressure breathing
• Ice axe techniques and self arrest training
• Crampon usage and techniques
• Glacier travel, climbing as a rope team
• Introduction to snow & ice anchors
• Crevasse rescue and self extrication
• Basic climbing knots & hitches
• Ascending fixed lines
• Belaying, rappelling, rope management
• Introduction to ice climbing (late season courses only)
• Leave no trace skills
• Summit climb of Mount Baker
• Discussion topics will include: Clothing and equipment, packing a backpack, mountain weather, acclimatization, route finding and navigation, glacial fundamentals, snow camp skills. Our professional guides will follow the above curriculum, introducing the basic mountaineering skills necessary to make a successful summit climb.

Related courses: Intro MountaineeringAlpine SkillsGlacier MountaineeringIce Climbing and Crevasse RescueIntro to Alpine Rock


Course begins and ends in the North Cascades NP

Plan to arrive the day before the climb begins.

Day 1 • Hike to Camp
Start time and location to be determined. Gear check and drive to the trailhead. Hike to Camp. Throughout the day our guides will begin to introduce basic mountaineering skills. (D)

Day 2 • Glacier Mountaineering School • Climb to High Camp
Today is dedicated to learning the fundamentals of mountaineering. The course instruction includes snow climbing, use of ice axe and self rescue, crampon techniques, glacier travel and basic introduction on anchors and crevasse rescue. Throughout the program guides will host discussions on numerous mountaineering topics. Depending on our location we have the option of moving to high camp. (B, D)

Days 3 • Glacier Mountaineering School
Today allows more time to develop advanced mountaineering skills, preparing aspiring climbers for expedition mountaineering. We continue building on the essential skills needed to climb higher peaks. Advanced topics include belaying, rappelling, fixed line travel and ice climbing. (B, D)

Day 4 • Summit Day • Mount Baker • 10,781 feet
Summit day starts early. From high camp, we climb moderate snowfields to the saddle between Sherman Crater (9600′) or Colfax Peak (9000′) depending on the route. Both routes ascend the final Roman Wall steeply to Baker’s expansive summit. After reaching the summit we descend to camp. In the afternoon guides will continue instruction as time warrants. (B, D)

Day 5 • Hike to Trailhead 
After breakfast we pack our gear and return to the trailhead. (B)

Plan to depart the day after the climb ends.

Itinerary Notes
NWAG 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

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.

Registration and Payments
$500.00 deposit includes a $200.00 non-refundable registration fee, due with application.
Balance due 90 days prior to start date. Please read NW Alpine Guides Reservation/Refund Policy for details.

Services included
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

Services not included
Trailhead parking fees (NW Forest Pass)
Lunch and snack food
Personal gear
Hotels or lodging
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
Staff gratuities