Mt. Shuksan Climb Washington  •  9,127'  •  2782m

IMG Mt. Shuksan Climb Itinerary

Day Itinerary
Day 1The group meets at the Sedro Wooley Ranger Station in the North Cascades at 8:00 a.m. Car pooling can be arranged by IMG from the SeaTac airport for those interested. After check-in we drive together to the trailhead for final pack check and issue of team equipment. The trailhead is approximately 2,500 feet in elevation. We climb through dense forest and up into the alpine zone to camp at approximately 6,000 feet on the edge of the Sulphide Glacier. A long day with 50 lb. packs, 5-7 hours in duration, an probably the hardest day of the trip.
Day 2Training day. After a leisurely breakfast, we will head out to the nearby slopes for a day of training in crampon skills, ice axe arrest, roped glacier travel, snow anchors and crevasse rescue. A full and informative day.
Day 3Summit day. Up before first light, cramponed, harnessed and roped up and then off we go up the rolling slopes of the Sulphide Glacier. The glacier is generally moderate with some navigation around crevasses required. We'll take another break when we reach the summit pyramid and gear up for the final 600 foot push to the very top. This final ascent will involve steeper (30-40 degree) steps kicked in snow or some sloping slabby 3rd class rock to scramble up belayed by the rope. A full day getting to the summit and back, perhaps 6 hours up and half that time in descent.
Day 4Up after dawn and a casual pack up of camp, then hike back down to the trailhead in an easy three hours. We'll plan for lunch at the nearest town, and back to greater Seattle by early afternoon.