Alpine Skills – $1090
Alpine Skills & Intro to Alpine Rock (6-day) – $1540 (advanced)
Inquire for private/custom climb rates
The emphasis of this course will be learning alpine mountaineering skills on Mount Baker. The instruction is designed for climbers seeking 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, introduction to crevasse rescue, covering the essential climbing skills needed to travel safely in the mountains. Reaching the summit of Mount Baker is secondary to the course objectives and will be determined by conditions on the mountain, the goals of the team and time constraints required to cover the course curriculum. The course also offers the freedom to explore less traveled and more remote areas of Mount Baker. 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 alpine mountaineering skills, on day three we have the option of making our summit climb. Day four return to the trail head.
Or put it all together and combine our 4-day Alpine Skills 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.
• 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
• Basic crevasse rescue
• Basic climbing knots & hitches
• Ascending fixed lines
• Belaying, rappelling, rope management
• Introduction to ice climbing (late season courses only)
• Leave no trace skills
• Discussion topics will include: Clothing and equipment, packing a backpack, mountain weather, acclimatization, route finding and navigation, glacial fundamentals, snow camp skills.
Course begins and ends in the Cascades
Plan to arrive the day before the climb begins.
Day 1 • Hike to Camp
Gear check and drive to the trailhead. Hike to Camp. Throughout the day our guides will begin to introduce mountaineering skills. (D)
Day 2 • Alpine Skills 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, glacier travel and introduction on anchors. 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)
Day 3 • Alpine Skills School
Today allows more time to develop our alpine mountaineering skills. We continue building on the essential skills needed to climb glaciated peaks. Topics include basic crevasse rescue, belaying and rappelling on snow, fixed line travel and ice climbing. (B, D)
Day 4 • Hike to Trailhead
After breakfast we pack our gear and return to the trailhead. (B)
Plan to depart the day after the climb ends.
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.
Guided climb and instruction
Scheduled meals on the mountain (breakfast, dinner, hot drinks)
Professional mountain guide
Group equipment (including tents, ropes, stoves, etc.)
Services not included
Trailhead parking fees (NW Forest Pass)
Lunch and snack food
Hotels or lodging
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage