Mount Baker Easton Glacier
Elevation: 10,781 feet / 3286 meters
Climb Mountain Madness-style: Transportation, food, and tents provided. Enjoy our guide's outdoor culinary skills- they cook for you!
Mount Baker offers an interesting guided ascent for beginner-intermediate climbers on one of North America’s most sought after peaks.Referred to as Komo Kulshan, or the “Great White Watcher,” by the Lummi Indians, Mount Baker is the highest and most heavily glaciated peak in the North Cascades. Our route ascends the Easton Glacier with challenging route finding through icefalls, seracs, and large crevasses. Incredible views of the North Cascades, Mount Rainier to the south and the alluring San Juan Islands to the west await those who reach the summit.
With it's twelve active glaciers and breathtaking views, 10,781 foot Mount Baker provides a scenic and extremely rewarding mountaineering experience for both first-time climbers and seasoned veterans alike. Unlike the crowds found on popular Mount Rainier, your ascent is done in the untrammeled Mount Baker Wilderness Area.
The upper mountain’s alpine environment and the lower mountain’s close proximity to quality teaching terrain make Mount Baker an ideal location to learn and review mountaineering and glacier travel skills. If it’s your first big climb, our goal is to teach fundamental, introductory skills, while giving you a hand’s on experience. The skills developed on Mount Baker will provide valuable insight into what is needed to tackle bigger climbs throughout the world. Mount Baker’s Easton Glacier is a recommended conditioning or training climb for other Cascadian volcanoes, Denali, Aconcagua, and other high altitude peaks – and it's a great climb in its own right!
On this climb we will cover:
Selection and use of personal equipment, ropes, knots and harnesses
Crampon use and snow climbing techniques, ice axe positioning, and self arrest techniques
Roped glacier travel, rope team management, route finding, and crevasse navigation
Hazard assessment including a discussion of objective vs. subjective hazards
Camp construction, camp management, and cold weather camping skills
Proper clothing and climbing gear for survival in the high mountains, mountain weather, alpine ecology, avalanche hazard assessment, and Leave No Trace ethics