Mt. Shuksan Women's Skills Seminar Washington  •  9,127'  •  2782m

IMG Mt. Shuksan Women's Seminar 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 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, and probably the hardest day of the trip.
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 begin our climb up the Sulphide glacier. It generally takes 3-4 hours to reach the base of the summit pyramid, and depending on sill level and group size another 2-3 hours to reach the true summit. From there we will enjoy spectacular views of Mount Baker and the rugged North Cascades, and descend back to camp in about 5 hours.
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.