Mt. Baker Climb Frequently Asked Questions
What skills do I need to attempt the Mt. Baker climb?
We backpack our full load of gear in to base camp. All participants must be in very good physical condition. The need to physically train for this climb cannot be overstressed. For several months prior to the start of the climb, training should include lots of long, slow, distance runs over hilly terrain, an hour or more in duration. Add additional weekend outings working up to carrying a heavy pack (50 plus lbs.) up steep hills or stairs. These sessions should gain 2-3,000 feet over 3 or more miles. It would also be helpful to get out in the snow during the winter and practice with a pack on steeper slopes.
How many people will be on our team?
IMG's Mt. Baker climb will have a maximum group size of 6 climbers with 2 guides.
How do I get there?
What kind of insurance do I need?
We invest in insurance coverage for commercial liability and medical and disability insurance for our employees while participating on our programs. We cannot insure you for your personal needs, but we do expect you to be as fiscally responsible as we are. We require that you insure yourself against potentially expensive difficulties that may arise. First, Trip Cancellation Insurance may provide financial relief should you be forced to withdraw from the program before it even happens. Next, make sure you have adequate Travel Insurance for coverage should you have a problem during the trip. Medical care and evacuation in remote locations can be expensive. For more information, please see our page on Trip Cancellation and Travel Insurance.
What's included in the trip cost?
Cost Includes: dinners and breakfasts for the climb, all group equipment including shared tents, stoves, climbing ropes, hardware and climbing permits.
Cost Does Not Include: transportation to the trailhead, parking pass, lodging the evening prior to the start of the climb or the last night of the trip, or meals other than breakfasts and dinners on the program.