Northwest Summit Climb

Mount Baker Intro Mountaineering

Price $920
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Mount Baker Intro Mountaineering • 3 day ascent

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 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.

NW 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. Baker route map

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, 2800 ft. gain
  • Trailhead: Schriebers Meadow, 3200 ft.
  • 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, 3700 ft.
  • 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.

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

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 option, 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, 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

Climbs begins and ends in Mount Baker National Forest

Plan to arrive the day before the climb begins.

Day 1 • Hike to High Camp
Gear check and drive to the trailhead. Hike to high camp. (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, snow travel and basic introduction on knots and anchors. Throughout the program guides will host discussions on numerous mountaineering topics. (B, D)

Day 3 • 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 returning to high camp 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