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Mt. Baker Summit Climbs Washington  •  10,781'  •  3286m
Itinerary

IMG Mt. Baker Summit Climbs Itineraries

These itineraries are approximate and subject to change due to conditions.

Easton Glacier Route

Day 1 The group meets at the Sedro Woolley Ranger Station in the North Cascades at 8:00 a.m. on Day 1 of the program. The guides will conduct a final gear check and issue of team equipment. From the trailhead, the team will carpool to the trailhead at Schreiber's Meadow (3,200ft.) From here the team will climb up into the alpine zone to camp at approximately 5,500 feet on the edge of the Easton Glacier. This hike is approximately 4 hours in duration.
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 the elements of safe team crevasse rescue. The guides will provide the group with the technical training topics required for Mt Baker.
Day 3 Summit day. The team will wake up early for an Alpine Start, don crampons, harnesses and ropes before beginning ascent of the Easton Glacier. The team will reach the crater rim and then continue on to the true summit for a breathtaking view of the North Cascades. The team will then descend back down the route to base camp. After a brief rest, the group will pack up camp and head down to the trail head, arriving at the trailhead by late afternoon.

 

North Ridge Route

Day 1 The group meets at the Sedro Woolley Ranger Station in the North Cascades at 8:00 a.m. on Day 1 of the program. The guides will conduct a final gear check and issue of team equipment. From the trailhead, the team will carpool to the trailhead at Heliotrope Ridge Trailhead (3,700ft.) From here the team will climb up into the alpine zone to camp at approximately 6,000ft on the edge of the Coleman Glacier. This hike is approximately 4 hours in duration. Training will be conducted near camp in the evening in order to prepare climbers for an early climb the following morning.
Day 2Summit day. Summit day. The team will wake up early for an Alpine Start, don crampons, harnesses and ropes before beginning ascent of the Coleman Glacier. After gaining the ridge, moderately steep climbing leads to the crux of the route at around 9,000 feet. Here, a couple of steep ice climbing pitches are the last step before gaining the final slopes up to the summit. The team will descend via the Coleman-Deming route with a hike down to camp and a well-deserved rest.
Day 3:Leisurely wake up, breakfast and then the team will descend to the trailhead. The descent time depends on many factors, but typically the team reaches the trailhead in the late afternoon.

 

Sample Coleman-Deming Glacier Route Itinerary

Day 1 The group meets at the Sedro Woolley Ranger Station in the North Cascades at 8:00 a.m. on Day 1 of the program. The guides will conduct a final gear check and issue of team equipment. From the trailhead, the team will carpool to the trailhead at Heliotrope Ridge Trailhead (3,700ft.) From here the team will climb up into the alpine zone to camp at approximately 6,000ft on the edge of the Coleman Glacier. This hike is approximately 4 hours in duration. Training will be conducted near camp in the evening in order to prepare climbers for an early climb the following morning.
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 the elements of safe team crevasse rescue. A full and informative day.
Day 3Summit day. The team will wake up early for an Alpine Start, don crampons, harnesses and ropes before beginning ascent of the Coleman Glacier. The route heads up to a saddle between the summit and Colfax Peak. Continuing generally eastward, the group heads up and onto the upper Deming Glacier from where the climb typically turns more steeply up towards the summit plateau. After crossing the plateau to its northeast edge, the team reaches the true summit. Summit day takes a total of 6-8 hours up, with half that time heading back down again. After a brief rest, the team will head down to the trailhead, reaching the cars by mid to late afternoon.

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