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 good physical condition. The need to 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, hikes or biking over hilly terrain, an hour or more in duration. Add additional weekend outings working up to carrying a heavy pack (35-50 lbs.) hiking up steep hills or stairs. Trail hikes should gain 2-3,000 feet over 3 or more miles.
For the Coleman-Deming Glacier route, prior training in roped glacier travel will help with this ascent, but if you are fit and have good aerobic endurance, the training on Day 2 will be sufficient to prepare you for the climb.
For the North Ridge Mt. Baker route, prior training in roped glacier travel is mandatory, and all participants must be competent with rope handling, belaying, cleaning ice screws and efficient transitioning at belay stations. Past participation in an ice climbing program such as our Ouray Ice Seminars or New England Ice Programs is required, as is an intermediate route on Mt. Rainier (Kautz or Fuhrer Finger routes) or other steep north face climb in the North Cascades such as the North Faces of Mt. Shuksan, Forbidden Peak and others.
How many people will be on our team?
IMG's Easton Glacier and Coleman-Deming Glacier Mt. Baker climbs will have a maximum group size of 9 climbers with 3 guides. Our North Ridge Mt. Baker climb will have a maximum or 4 climbers and 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. Guides at a 3:1 ratio (or on the North Ridge route, 2:1 ratio).
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. REQUIRED Insurance: IMG requires that all* trip participants purchase Travel Insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation, repatriation and medical expenses for the duration of their IMG program. Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly recommended. Trekking and mountaineering programs are true "adventure travel."
*The insurance requirement does not apply to IMG customers on programs within the continental USA but is strongly encouraged.