PRICE

Easton Glacier – $790
Coleman/Deming Glacier – $790
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SCHEDULE

June 23 – June 24, 2018
July 21 – July 22, 2018
August 11 – August 12, 2018
August 18 – August 19, 2018
August 25 – August 26, 2018
September 22 – September 23, 2018

DETAILS

Grade: Beginner
2 Day Climb

 
 
 
 

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OVERVIEW

At 10,781 feet Mount Baker (also known as Kulshan) is one of the most picturesque volcanoes in all the Cascade Range. The mountain renders the second largest glacial system in the lower 48 States second only to that of Mount Rainier. In 1998 Mt. Baker’s annual snowfall amounted to 95 feet exceeding the world record. Mount Baker is the third-highest mountain in Washington State and the fifth-highest in the Cascade Range. The mountain presents a fantastic objective for those seeking a challenging climb in a pristine alpine environment.

Easton Glacier or Coleman Deming Glacier • 2 Day Ascent

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.

We meet in Sedro Woolley for equipment check the morning of the climb and make our way to the trail head and high camp the same day. Day two, we wake early and ascend to the summit, descend to camp and return to the trail head.

The approach to the Easton Glacier begins at Schreibers meadows, makes its way up through old growth forest and high alpine meadows before reaching snow via the Railroad Grade. High camp is in a wonderful location at the 6000’ level near the toe of the glacier. The southern approach offers a more gradual glacial ascent before reaching Sherman Crater and climbing the Roman Wall.

The northern Coleman Deming route offers a slightly shorter hike to high camp with less elevation gain compared to the southern approach. High camp is located above the Hogsback Ridge at 6000 feet. The shorter approach makes summit day route a bit longer and steeper. The route ascends glacier until reaching Colfax Col between the Black Buttes and Mount Baker’s Roman Wall. Both routes are thought to be of equal length, elevation gain and difficulty.

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.

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.

Northwest climbs and courses are operated through our partner Northwest Alpine Guides

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

ITINERARY

Climbs begins and ends in Mount Baker – Snoqualmie 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 and basic climb school.

Day 2 • Summit Day • Mount Baker • 10,781 feet

Summit day starts early. From high camp, we climb moderate snowfields to the saddle between Sherman Crater at 9600 feet or Colfax Peak at 9000 feet 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.

Plan to depart the day after the climb ends.

Itinerary Notes

NW Alpine Guides 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

DETAILS

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.

Deposit and Payments

$500.00 deposit includes a $200.00 non-refundable registration fee, due with application. Balance due 90 days prior to start date.

Price Includes

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

Price Does Not Include

  • 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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Frequently Asked Questions

Is mountaineering for you?

If you have never climbed before and are curious about climbing big glaciated mountains, one of our introductory courses or climbs is a great way to experience mountaineering and decide if this adventure sport is for you. Mountaineering is an intensely physical sport that requires endurance. A climb can be physically demanding, but once you reach the summit and look down at what you overcame to stand there, it is exhilarating.

If you’ve added climbing the Seven Summits to your bucket list, getting started with a 5 day glacier climbing course is a great way to build up skills to prepare you for your international adventure! Or if you just want to see if mountain climbing is for you, a Northwest Alpine Guides’ intro mountaineering course is a great a to find out.

What about safety?

No matter if you have never climbed before, our instructors are prepared to help you learn mountaineering from the ground up. In addition to professional instruction in climbing skills, most importantly, you will learn skills that will keep you safe in the mountains. With an adventure sport like mountaineering, safety is paramount.

All our instructors have advanced avalanche training, wilderness medical training, and will instruct you how to be self-reliant in the mountains. Mountain climbing can be unpredictable – weather conditions can change in a moment and one wrong step can lead to an injury. Mountain Gurus will instruct you how to climb safely and successfully.

Why choose Mountain Gurus?

Mountain climbing is a perfect combination of adventure, enjoying the outdoors and appreciating nature while challenging yourself physically and mentally. Mountain Gurus climbing courses can teach you the skills you need to climb safely and successfully – at an affordable cost!

Our mountain guide staff have decades of experience and have climbed the peaks of the Northwest hundreds of times, as well as many excursions to the most challenging summits of the world including Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus. Our guides are both knowledgeable and personable – and will ensure you enjoy the climbing experience as you advance your skills.

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