PRICE

$895
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SCHEDULE

July 5 – July 7, 2019
July 26 – July 28, 2019
August 16 – August 18, 2019
September 6 – September 8, 2019

DETAILS

Grade: Beginner
3 Day Climb

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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OVERVIEW

Mount Shuksan, the crown jewel of the North Cascades is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in America. The mountain is known for it’s breathtaking views and spectacular summit pyramid. Our guided climbs are simply unforgettable.

Sulphide Glacier • 3 Day Ascent

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.

Sulfide Glacier Approach

  • Approach Time to Camp: 5-6 hours
  • Distance: 5 miles, 4000 ft. gain
  • Trailhead: Shannon Ridge, 2500 ft.
  • High Camp: 6500 ft.
  • Camp to Summit: 4 hours, 2700 ft. gain
  • Trail synopsis: Hike the Shannon Ridge trail (an old logging road) northeast for 2 miles to its end at about 4,000 ft, then hike switchbacks through old growth forest until reaching a flat area on the ridge. Head north on the ridge for 1 mile until the ridge flattens out (about 4,600 ft) entering North Cascades NP. Hike uphill to the crest of the pass and traverse steep sloping mountainside with large boulders until reaching 5,400 feet. Camp is another 1,000 feet higher at 6500 feet, reaching permanent snowfields at the glaciers edge.

Climb Highlights

  • Enjoy a Northwest Alpine Guides adventure and summit a beautiful peak in the heart of North Cascades National Park.
  • Climb six hundred feet of alpine rock up the spectacular summit pyramid of Mount Shuksan.
  • Small teams for a personalized experience, many of our climbs are guided with a maximum of six climbers and two guides.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 • Hike to High Camp
Day 2 • Summit Day
Day 3 • Hike to Trailhead

Qualifications

This ascent is an entry level summit climb and is suitable for climbers in excellent physical condition with no prior mountaineering experience. A one hour climbing skills training will be taught. No acclimatization is necessary for this program. Read our Goals and Fitness page for recommendations on how to best physically prepare for this adventure.

3 to 1 Climber to Guide Ratio

We lead the Mount Shuksan Sulfide Glacier route at a 3 to 1 climber to guide ratio ensuring that you receive personal attention and hands-on instruction throughout the climb.

Northwest Alpine Guides is an authorized outfitter guide service within North Cascades National Park

ITINERARY

Sulphide Glacier Itinerary

Plan to arrive the day before the climb begins.

Day 1 • Hike to High Camp • 6,500 feet

Meet in Sedro Woolley, WA.

Northwest Alpine Guides will provide you with a detailed PreClimb departure book upon registration including personal gear list, meeting location and driving directions.

Our alpine guides will meet you for team introductions, gear check, and group gear distribution. The drive to Shannon Ridge trailhead at 2,500 feet takes approximately one hour.

The hike to high camp takes 4 to 5 hours. The team will set camp between 5,000 – 6,500 feet depending on the season.

A one hour skills refresh will be taught after arriving at high camp. Each team member will be assessed throughout the mountaineering instruction. You will need to demonstrate adequate fitness and proficiency in climbing skills as your safety is our priority.

We return to camp and prepare for our summit bid. The team enjoys dinner and early to bed for the next day’s climb.

Accommodations: Tented Camp

Day 2 • Summit Day via Sulfide Glacier • 9,127 feet

Our summit day starts early with a pre-dawn alpine start. From high camp, the climb ascends the moderate Sulfide Glacier to the base of the summit pyramid. We scramble 600 feet of third class rock to the summit. After enjoying summit views from Mount Shuksan’s highest point and celebrating our success we rappel our route and descend to high camp.

Accommodations: Tented Camp

Day 3 • Hike to Trailhead

After enjoying breakfast, we break camp, pack our gear and retrace our hike back to the trailhead. We generally arrive back to the trailhead by early-afternoon and conclude our adventure in Sedro Woolley.

Plan to depart the day after the climb ends.

Itinerary Notes
Northwest 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 per person includes a $200.00 non-refundable registration fee, due with application.

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

Tipping

Our guides are dedicated to working hard to ensure your success and well-being on the mountain. If you have a positive experience, gratuities are an excellent way to show your appreciation. Tips normally average 10 – 20% of the cost of the program. If you prefer to transfer funds, please send gratuities through paypal.me/mountaingurus

Summit Attempt

Northwest Alpine Guides cannot guarantee that you will reach the summit. Weather, route conditions, your own abilities, or the abilities of other climbers may create circumstances that make an ascent unsafe, and you or your entire party may have to turn around without reaching the summit. Failure to reach the summit due to a person’s own lack of fitness or to any of the events associated with mountaineering (such as weather, route, avalanche hazard, team dynamics, etc.), are not NWAG responsibility and will not result in refund or reschedule.

Date Changes

Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 30 days prior to your departure date for a $100 fee per person. Date changes are subject to availability and apply only to the current climbing season. There are no date changes allowed less than 30 days before departure.

Age Guidelines

Participants age 16 & 17, on a fixed date group climb, and accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

Participants age 15 or under, NWAG requires a private climb, and accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

A minor climber must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian throughout the entirety of the program. If either climber must descend at any time during the program, both climbers must descend together.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend that all participants consider travel and trip cancellation insurance. Travel insurance offers the best possible protection in the event of a sudden, unexpected illness or injury prior to or while traveling. Northwest Alpine Guides does not insure you against these risks. For more info about current coverage plans and quotes please visit.

TripAssure

We recommend Assure Adventure Plans to cover travelers participating in climbing, skiing, mountaineering and trekking programs. Click here for a quote Reference code: MOUN0700WA

Adventure Plan and Adventure Plus Plan differ only in the coverage option which allows you to Cancel for Any Reason. In order to receive Cancel for Any Reason coverage you must purchase the Adventure Plan Plus within 15 days of paying your deposit or payment with NWAG.

Global Rescue

We recommend Signature Travel Insurance. For travel insurance or Global Rescue membership.
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Cancellations

Since departures require a minimum number of participates, Northwest Alpine Guides must adhere to a stringent refund policy. The policy is intended to protect participants who have otherwise committed time and resources to the departure. Please read our Online Reservation for Terms and Conditions.

MEALS

During the Mount Shuksan 3-Day Climb, you will need to provide all your own meals while on the mountain including (2) breakfasts, (3) lunch & snacks, (2) dinners. Northwest Alpine Guides will provide the group with hot water during breakfasts and dinners.

Meal Schedule

Day 1: Lunch & snacks, Dinner for hike from trailhead to high camp
Three or four 15-minute lunch & snack breaks

Day 2: Alpine Breakfast, Lunch & snacks for climb to summit, Dinner
Four 15-minute snack breaks on the ascent from high camp to summit, two or three 15-minute snack breaks on the descent from summit to high camp

Day 3: Breakfast, Remaining lunch & snacks for the descent to trailhead

Mountain Lunches

We recommend a variety of snack food for eating on the go, we do not stop for a big lunch break, we eat during short maintenance breaks throughout the day.

The idea is to keep your energy level up for the climb eating small amounts about every hour or so.

Some examples of snack-lunch foods are dried meats (salami), jerky (turkey, beef, fish), tuna fish, cheese, crackers, bagels, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, candy bars, gummy candy, cookies, energy bars, GORP trail mix.

The importance of having foods that you like to eat cannot be overstated. Eating properly is the key to maintaining strength while in the mountains. A diet of sweet, sour and salty foods is recommended.

Mountain Breakfasts and Dinners

Here is a list of suggested meal ideas for you to prepare prior to the climb.

Breakfast: Instant Oatmeal, Pop Tarts, Fruit and Granola Bars, Bagels, Peanut Butter, Cream Cheese

Dinner: Freeze-dried dinners are easy to prepare but do not always taste good, and may effect your stomach. Instant noodle soups and rice are also popular. You may also consider bringing a cold meal such as dried meats, bread, pizza, or sandwiches.

Hot Drinks: Coffee, Caffeinated Tea, Herbal Tea, Cocoa, Cider

Cold water is available for drinking and filling water bottles. Hot water (boiled water) will be provided for your meals (for freeze-dried dinners, instant soups, instant oatmeal, etc) and hot drinks.

When preparing meals, please do not bring food items that require cooking or extensive preparation.

Contact us for questions.

TRAVEL

Getting There

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.

The town of Sedro Woolley is approximately 76 miles and an hour and thirty minute drive from Seattle or Bellevue depending on traffic. The small town of Sedro Woolley is referred as “The Gateway to the North Cascades”. The cities of Mount Vernon and Burlington offer more food and lodging than Sedro Woolley.

Bingham Park
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
Click for location on Google maps

We meet at the picnic table under the trees, in view of the playground. Following the gear check you will have an opportunity to stop at a market for last minutes items.

Flight Travel

Most climbers will fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) the evening before the program and rent a car for the hour and forty-five minute drive to Sedro Woolley, Washington.

Northwest programs our itineraries reflect the date and time the program begins at a start location (Mount Baker, North Cascades National Park). When flying to Washington State you will need to arrive the day before the climb begins to meet the group at the program start location. With regards to your departure flight, our return time to the program start location is often unpredictable. We suggest a hotel reservation for the night of the last day and plan to return home the day after the end of the program. If departing on the last day of the program, we recommend booking a flight later than 10pm.

Transportation

Group transportation is not included within the price of the trip. This includes transportation from the meeting location to the trailhead. Guides are not responsible to provide transportation to team members. We often have a mix of local and out of town customers on each Northwest climb or course. Climbers are free to rideshare with other team members at their own responsibility. Our office will forward your name and email to other team members if you give us permission to share your contact information indicating that you are interested in ridesharing. The NWAG office does not coordinate ridesharing/ carpooling. In some cases, a Northwest Alpine Guides staff member can provide limited transportation from Seattle or Bellevue to the trailhead as a fee service.

Trailhead Parking

You will need to obtain a NW Forest Service parking permit at the trailhead lot. Passes are $5.00 per day. They can be purchased in advance or the day of the gear check.

Driving Directions

From Seattle

Take I-5 North towards Burlington to Cook Road in Skagit County.
Take exit 232 from I-5 N

Turn right onto Cook Road, Head East to Sedro Woolley
Follow Cook Road to Bingham Park Loop in Sedro-Woolley, 7 min (4.3 mi)

At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit and stay on Cook Road
Turn left onto Bingham Park Loop

From Bellingham

Take I-5 South towards Burlington to Cook Road in Skagit County.
Take exit 232 from I-5 S
Follow Cook Road to Bingham Park Loop in Sedro-Woolley, 7 min (4.3 mi)

From Burlington

From State Highway 20 East, at the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Cook Road (after the Walgreens)
Turn right onto Bingham Park Loop

Hotels

Lodging in Burlington and Sedro Woolley, Washington. For those who wish to lodge close to the meeting location the night before the climb, the following options are recommended.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Burlington
9384 Old Hwy 99 North
Burlington, WA 98233

Three Rivers Inn
210 Ball Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

There are many hotel choices in Seattle, Bellevue and Issaquah.

Red Lion Hotel Bellevue
11211 Main Street
Bellevue, WA 98004

Motel 6 Seattle East Issaquah
1885 15th Pl NW
Issaquah, WA 98027

Mountain Weather

For updated North Cascades weather forecasts, click here.