Women's 4-day Mt. Baker Climb Washington  •  10,781'  •  3286m

IMG Mt. Baker Women's 4-day Climb Itinerary

Day Itinerary
Day 1 The group meets at the Sedro Woolley Ranger Station in the North Cascades at 8:00 a.m. Car pooling is encouraged by IMG from the SeaTac airport for all who are coming from out of town. A team roster and contact information is shared with the group several weeks in advance to facilitate this. After gathering at the Ranger Station the guides will conduct a final pack check and issue of team equipment. We drive together on to the trailhead. The trailhead at Schreiber's Meadow sits at 3,200 feet in elevation. We hike up into the alpine zone to camp at approximately 5,500 feet on the edge of the Easton Glacier. This is a good hike with up to 50 lb. packs, approximately 4 hours in duration.
Day 2 Training day. After a leisurely breakfast, we will head out to the nearby slopes for a morning of learning/reviewing basic crampon techniques, ice axe use, and roped team travel. After lunch, the group will evaluate individual and team goals, expected weather conditions, and recent route beta to determine when to attempt the summit. Once this discussion is complete, the group may choose to work together or break off into smaller teams reflective of specific skill-sets and intentions.
Day 3 Flex day and may be used for training, recovering, or summiting if weather is changing.
Day 4 Summit day. Up before first light, crampons on, harnessed and roped up and then off we go up the rolling slopes of the Easton Glacier. The glacier is generally moderate with some navigation around crevasses required. We'll reach the crater rim and then continue on to the true summit for a breathtaking view of the North Cascades. The climb from camp to the summit and back to camp takes ~10 hours. After a brief rest, the group will pack up camp and head down to the trail head, expecting to arrive by 3pm.

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