Northwest Summit Climb

Mount Shuksan

Price $890
Schedule
  • 06/23/2018 - 3 day ascent
  • 07/27/2018 - 3 day ascent
  • 08/10/2018 - 3 day ascent
  • 09/07/2018 - 3 day ascent
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Mount Shuksan • North Cascades NP

Sulphide Glacier  – $890
Fisher Chimneys  – $890 (advanced)
Inquire for private/custom climb rates

Sulphide Glacier • 3 day ascent

Mount Shuksan, the crown jewel of the North Cascades is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in America, and our guided climbs are simply unforgettable. We approach the mountain through old growth Hemlock and alpine meadows abounding with wildflowers and mountain goats. The standard route follows the Shannon Ridge trail to the Sulphide Glacier and to the base of the final summit pyramid. There is a 600’ rock climb up the central gully (class 3 scramble) to the 9,127 foot summit. On the descent we rappel and down climb to the glacier, which is a great way to learn how to rappel and our guides provide instruction. High camp is at the “toe” of the glacier, acting as an amphitheater to the North Cascades, surrounded by jagged peaks with Mount Baker looming in the distance and offers the most remarkable sunrise. Our professional guides will introduce and teach you the skills necessary to make a safe and successful climb. Shuksan Route Map

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.

Sulfide Glacier

Sulphide Glacier Itinerary

Plan to arrive the day before the climb begins.

Day 1 • Hike to High Camp • 6,500 feet
Gear check and drive to the Shannon Ridge trailhead at 2500’. Hike to camp at the base of the Sulphide Glacier. Basic climb school.

Day 2 • Summit Day via Sulfide Glacier • 9,127 feet
Summit day starts early. The climb ascends the Sulfide Glacier from camp to the base of the summit pyramid. We scramble rock (class 3) to the summit. Rappel and descend to camp.

Day 3 • Hike to Trailhead
After breakfast we pack our gear and return to the trailhead.

Plan to depart the day after the climb ends.


Fisher Chimneys Itinerary

Plan to arrive the day before the climb begins.

Day 1 • Hike to High Camp • 4,700 feet
Gear check and drive to the trailhead near Artist Point. Hike to camp at Lake Ann.

Day 2 • Summit Day via Fisher Chimneys • 9,127 feet
Summit day starts early. The climb involves easy rock climbing in a series of chimneys, a short ice climb up Winnies Slide, then glacier climbing on three separate glaciers (White Salmon, Upper Curtis and Sulphide) before arriving at the base of the summit pyramid. We scramble rock (class 3) to the summit. Rappel and descend to camp.

Day 3 • Hike to Trailhead
After breakfast we pack our gear and return to the trailhead.

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
Boiled water for meals
Professional mountain guide
Group equipment (including tents, ropes, stoves, etc.)
Wilderness Permits


Services not included
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

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