2-day • Sahale Arm – $625
2-day • Quien Sabe Glacier – $625
5-day • Forbidden Peak & Sahale Peak – $1450 (advanced) 2:1 ratio
Sahale Peak from the Sahale Arm route via Cascade pass is an excellent alternate climb for beginner climbers. The route is less technical than the Quien Sabe Glacier approach. Our choice of route will depend on the skill level of the group. The Sahale Arm route also offers an exciting low 5th class rock scramble to the summit pyramid. The route can be climbed in three, two or even one very long day for extremely fit and experienced climbers.
Sahale Peak stands at the head of Cascade Pass and the impressive Stehekin Valley. The climb presents a moderate challenge and is situated among other classic peaks such as Forbidden Peak, Sharkfin Tower and Boston Peak. NW Alpine Guides guided ascent climbs the steep Quien Sabe Glacier to the Boston Sahale Col and traverses the final exposed rock and snow ridge to the summit. The views from the summit are amazing with a 360 degree panorama of the Cascade Range. We have the option of descending the route or traversing the peak to Sahale Arm and Cascade Pass. On the approach we climb steeply through heavy timber crossing a number of streams which eventually give way to the beautiful alpine basin known as Boston Basin. The two day ascent provides adequate time to summit and our professional guides will introduce the basic mountaineering skills necessary to make the climb.
In addition to our Pacific Northwest climbs we offer international climbing & trekking expeditions through Mountain Gurus. The Ecuador Volcanoes, Elbrus in Russia and the Mexican Volcanoes are all really good next steps for those seeking to climb higher peaks and gain altitude experience internationally.
Climbs begins and ends in 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 Boston Basin. We camp at the base of the Quien Sabe Glacier. Basic skills review.
Day 2 • Summit Day • Sahale Peak • 8,680ft
Summit day starts early. The climb ascends the Quien Glacier from camp to the Boston Sahale Col. Our route traverses a rock and snow ridge before reaching the final summit pitch. We scramble rock (class 3) to the summit. The views from the summit are amazing with a 360 degree panorama of the Cascade Range. From here we have the option of descending the route or traversing the peak and descending the Sahale Arm to Cascade Pass. After arriving back in camp, 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
Program start time & location: 7:00 am
Start time and location to be determined.
Deposit and Payments
$500.00 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application
Balance due 90 days prior to departure
Boiled water for meals
Professional mountain guide
All group equipment (including tents, stoves, pickets, ropes)
Services not included
Trailhead parking pass fees
Meals and snack food
Hotels or lodging
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in the PreClimb departure information upon reservation. For your safety and comfort it’s extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.
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Head and Face:
**An expedition down parka w/ hood is required for Mount Rainier. A mid-weight insulated parka is required for Mount Baker and climbs and courses in North Cascades NP, Mount Olympus. Proper hard shell rain gear is required on all NWAG trips.**
**Proper hard shell rain gear is required on all NWAG trips. Gaiters are optional on mid and late summer climbs.**
**Read our Mountaineering Boot and Crampon guide for more information. Double plastic mountaineering boots or Heavy-weight synthetic/ hybrid mountaineering boots are required for Mount Rainier and early season Mount Baker and North Cascades NP climbs and courses. Single-weight synthetic/ leather mountaineering boots are adequate for mid and late summer climbs and courses on Mount Baker, North Cascades NP, Mount Olympus. NO Backpacking boots allowed on any trips, boots must be full shank and crampon compatible.**
**An adequate size backpack is required depending on the climb or course you’ve joined. You are responsible to carry all your personal gear and food, as well as a portion of group gear (tents, ropes, stoves, fuel, etc.).**
Personal Health and First Aid
Previous mountaineering experience is not required on most Northwest trips. Our guides will teach you the basic snow and glacier travel skills necessary to make a safe and successful climb. Although above average physical conditioning is required for most mountain climbs in the Cascades. Prior hiking, backpacking or climbing experience is very beneficial. High altitude experience is not required.
Most trips in the Pacific Northwest are rated as strenuous and we cannot over emphasize the importance of conditioning. By getting your heart, lungs, and legs in top physical condition, you can focus on learning, while being able to enjoy the high mountain environment. It is recommended that you have some hiking and backpacking (camping) experience prior to this trip. All participants are required to carry a share of the group food and equipment which includes tents, stoves, pickets, ropes. Be prepared to carry a 40 to 60 lbs backpack to high camp depending on the climb or course you choose.
The mountains of the Cascades Range are physically demanding and your ability to enjoy this adventure depends on your overall health and fitness.
It is often stated. The best training for mountain climbing is hiking, backpacking or climbing with considerable elevation gain (2000 vertical feet or more). Few other fitness activities truly replicate the physical demands of climbing steep mountains with a backpack.
We suggest you begin your training program at least four months prior to departure depending on your current conditioning. Walking up steep hills and stair climbing are both excellent ways to condition your lower body. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, eventually adding weight as you increase your training pace. In order to condition yourself to carry the weight, it will be important to take long hikes (4-6 hours) with a weighted pack at least one or two times a week. The best training for mountaineering is to carry a loaded pack up and down hills or small mountains. Hike uphill without breaks for at least an hour at a time when possible. Then break 10-15 minutes at the most and then continue hiking uphill for at least another hour. Do this as much and as often as you can. This is certainly not the only way to train but is probably one of the best ways to train for climbing big mountains. Don’t worry about your pace, this will increase over time, instead hike uphill slower if needed without taking as many breaks. Work at maintaining an even respiratory rate.
Unfortunately, many of you don’t live near good hills or mountains so then you will need to find another activity that will help increase your endurance. Supplement this with running, cycling, swimming, cross-fit sports, weight training, etc. for additional aerobic conditioning your heart and lungs. Any time spent at altitude will also prove beneficial. Remember mountain climbing (unlike running) is an activity where you slowly climb uphill over long periods of time while carrying heavy to a moderate amount of weight.