Glacier Climb Mount Baker

Date: May 18 2019, 7 a.m. - May 19 2019, 7 p.m.

Northwest Adventure Center - 8050 NCO Beach Rd. JBLM-Lewis North Joint Base Lewis-McChord 98433 Google Map

DEPARTURE LOCATION:

Northwest Adventure Center

TRIP DESCRIPTION:

Mount Baker is a spectacular volcano in the North Cascades that offers excellent mountaineering to beginners and experts, alike. Baker tantalizes the residents of Seattle on clear days and stuns ferry passengers in the San Juan Islands. Located only 55 km inland from sea level at Bellingham the volcano has dramatic relief.  Mount Baker also achieves prominence as the 3rd highest summit in the state of Washington and as the iciest mountain in the Cascade Range. An unbelievable annual snowfall (world record of ~30 meters in 1998) sustains more than 100 square kilometers of glaciers and permanent snow fields. Consequently, crevasses are a major danger, dictating that all parties be proficient at glacier travel and rescue. Avalanche danger is commonly high because the notoriously variable weather can create unstable snow, even on moderate slopes.  Despite these risks, Mount Baker is an excellent first volcano for those learning to climb on snow and ice. When weather and glacial conditions are right, the ascents can be straightforward and relatively non-technical. Ice fills the summit crater, creating a broad, rounded summit that allows beginners to relax and enjoy the views.

 

Trip cost includes transportation

Included: Tent, Sleeping Pad, Mountaineering Boots, Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness, Helmet, Technical Hardware, Ropes. Stoves and Fuel.

 

NOT Included: Sleeping Bag (30 Degree or lower), Backpack (65-75 Liters), Clothing appropriate for conditions (NO Cotton!), Cord and Webbing appropriate to climb, and food for the duration.  We can assist you in selecting appropriate clothing.

 

Must be at least 18 years old to participate. All minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult with prior approval from lead climbing guide.

Prerequisites:  Must be a graduate of Basic Climbing Course or have substantiated climbing experience.

Trip Cost

$550 - Climbing Course Grads

$750 – Non Basic Climbing Course Grads

 

REGISTRATION:

Pre-registration required.

*Climbs are subject to cancelation base on weather, route, permit availability, avalanche danger or lack of appropriate amount of climbers.