Mt. Baker Women's Skills Seminar Washington  •  10,781'  •  3286m

IMG Mt. Baker Women's Seminar Itinerary

Day Itinerary
Day 1The group meets at the ranger station in Glacier, WA at 8:00 a.m. The drive from Seattle takes a little under 3 hours, and we strongly encourage carpooling from Seattle and/or from the SeaTac airport. A team roster and contact information will be shared with the group several weeks in advance to facilitate carpooling. At the ranger station the guides conduct a thorough gear check of all of your personal gear, and issue team equipment for each person to carry. The group then drives to the trailhead together.

The Heliotrope Ridge Trailhead is at about 3,700 feet in elevation. We will hike up the well maintained trail into the alpine zone where the path turns into a climber's trail that leads to the base of the Coleman glacier. Our first camp will be determined by your guides based on many factors, including input from the group about overall objectives. Instruction on day 1 may include campsite selection and considerations, digging tent platforms, and building a kitchen. There may also be time for further instruction or discussion topics before and after dinner.
Days 2-4Discussions, lectures, and hands-on practical skills sessions. Please see "POSSIBLE COURSE OBJECTIVES" on the intro page. We may move camp one or two times to practice tearing down and setting up camp, incorporate expedition-style climbing practices, and to put ourselves in the best location for our summit bid.
Day 5Typically the summit day, but flexible based on weather, conditions, and the group. On summit day we get up well before dawn, eat a quick instant breakfast of hot cereal and drinks, put on harnesses, helmets and crampons, rope up into teams, and climb up onto the Coleman Glacier. The route first heads up to a saddle between the summit and Colfax Peak, then continues generally eastward, onto the upper Deming Glacier. We then climb up the Roman Headwall and cross the summit plateau to the northeast edge, where the team reaches the true summit. Summit day is usually around 6-8 hours to the summit, and 3-4 hours back to high camp and a well-earned celebratory hot meal.
Day 6After packing up camp the team will head down to the trailhead. Often people enjoy a meal out at one of the local restaurants to plan our next adventures together and exchange contact information before a final round of hugs and parting ways.