Cascades School and Custom Climbs Washington

Cascades Climbs Frequently Asked Questions

This information should answer many of your initial questions and also guide you through the next stages of preparing for the expedition. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need javascript enabled to view it

Which mountains are available for IMG's North Cascades Custom Programs?

International Mountain Guides is permitted to operate in North Cascades National Park. Many of our climbs are conducted on a custom basis only. Join our expert guide staff for rock climbing, or ascents of Forbidden Peak, Eldorado, Sahale, Sharkfin Tower, Boston Peaks, Triad, Mt. Shuksan or any of the dozens of other great climbs in North Cascades National Park.

What skill level is required?

For all climbs we will be carrying our full load of gear in to base camp. All participants must be in very 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 over hilly terrain, an hour or more in duration. Add additional weekend outings carrying a heavy pack (35-50 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 do I get there?

International Mountain Guides has worked for many years with the staff at CTT Destinations to provide professional travel service for participants in our programs. For help with your plans, we urge you to contact Pirjo at CTT Destinations: 800-909-6647 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need javascript enabled to view it

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:
  • guides
  • dinners and breakfasts during the climb
  • group equipment including tents, stoves, climbing ropes and hardware
  • permits
Cost Does Not Include:
  • transportation to the trailhead
  • lodging the evening prior to the start of the climb and the last night of the trip
  • meals while not climbing
  • meals other than breakfasts and dinners on the program