Baker Summit & Ski 2 Day

An overnight mission to summit Mount Baker, one of the most glaciated peaks in the continental United States! This two day climb & ski is perfect for those who have previous experience with using ice axes and crampons, as well as self arresting!
Skier looking at the summit of Mt Baker during a guided ski tour with Blackbird Guides
Skier touring on Mt Baker in Washington at dawn
Sunrise on Mt Baker in Washington
Skier touring in front of the summit of Mt Baker in Washington
Skier standing at the summit of Mt Baker in Washington
Skier making a powder turn near the summit of Mt Baker in Washington
Skier slashing a turn in front of avalanche debris on Mt Baker in Washington

An overnight mission to summit and ski one of the most glaciated peaks in the lower 48.  We'll ski to camp, set up camp, prep gear and get an alpine start for the summit before we descend on skis.  The program includes a brief refresher on ice axes, crampons and rope skills, but the expectation is that you have learned and previously practiced these skills prior to this program.

Ascent and descent options include: Coleman-Deming, Easton Glacier and Squawk Glacier Routes.

If you are new to ski mountaineering, check out our three day summit and ski trip where we cover a more comprehensive snow school!

 

    Skier looking at the summit of Mt Baker during a guided ski tour with Blackbird Guides
    Skier touring on Mt Baker in Washington at dawn
    Sunrise on Mt Baker in Washington
    Skier touring in front of the summit of Mt Baker in Washington
    Skier standing at the summit of Mt Baker in Washington
    Skier making a powder turn near the summit of Mt Baker in Washington
    Skier slashing a turn in front of avalanche debris on Mt Baker in Washington
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    Dates

    Available Dates

    June 18-19, 2022
    July 2-3, 2022
    July 9-10, 2022

    Prices

    Refer to prices on overview page

    Itinerary

    Day 1 

    8:00am Meet your guide at the trailhead. We'll do a quick gear check and review the plan for the day. The guide will discuss the route up to camp and we'll make any last minute adjustments needed. 8:30 am Ascend to camp and build camp. 

    12:00pm Skills review. Prior experience is helpful, as we will provide a review of crampons, ice axe arrest and glacier rope travel. 

    5:00pm Dinner and bed. We’ll review the plan for the following day, pack what we can to prepare and get to bed early to set ourselves up for an alpine start for the summit attempt. 

    Day 2 

    Alpine Start. Your guides will set the time based on warming for the day and the weather forecast. Summit Attempt. This will be a long day, gaining over 4,000’ of elevation over various snow surfaces and steep slopes. Once we reach our high point, we’ll descend the route back down to camp. When we get back to camp, we’ll break it down, pack up our bags and descend to the trailhead. We’ll aim to be down by early afternoon.

    Equipment

    Baker Ski Mountaineering Gear Guide

    Gear Guide / Packing List

     

    Backcountry Touring Gear

    • Alpine Touring Skis or Splitboard - Light to Midweight Setup with “Tech Bindings”
    • Alpine Touring Boots or Splitboard Compatible Boots; Scarpa F1
    • Ski Poles - Lightweight, Adjustable Poles with Baskets; BD Expedition 3 Poles
    • Climbing Skins - Mohair Mix is Best; Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix
    • Ski Crampons - Specific to your Skis/Board
    • Ski Strap - Voile Ski Strap or Similar

    Avalanche Gear

    • Avalanche Beacon - Digital Avalanche Transceiver; Black Diamond Guide Recon BT
    • Avalanche Shovel - Collapsible, Aluminum Shovel; Backcountry Access BT2 Shovel
    • Avalanche Probe - Quickdraw Style Probe; Backcountry Access Stealth 300

    Technical Gear

    • Climbing/Ski Helmet - Dual Rated Helmet; Petzl Sirocco or Black Diamond Vision
    • Headlamp - LED headlamp with fresh batteries; Petzl Actik Core
    • Climbing Harness -  Light Alpine Harness; Petzl Altitude, Mammut Zephyr Altitude
    • Two Locking Carabiners - Petzl Attache, etc
    • Two Non Locking Carabiners - Black Diamond Hotwire
    • Triple Action Locking Carabiner - Edelrid HMS Strike Triple FG Locking Carabiner
    • Double Length Sling - Sewn Runner; Black Diamond 10mm Dynex Runner
    • 5mm Cordelette - BlueWater 30ft. Accessory cord
    • 1 Prusik loop - fixed 4’ loop of 6mm nylon cord or purpose built loop like Sterling “Hollowblock”
    • Belay Device - Tube Style Belay Device; BD ATC Guide, Petzl Reverso
    • Petzl Micro Traxion (optional) 
    • Crampons, Steel - Steel Crampons Compatible with Your Boots; Petzl Vasak or Crampons, Aluminum - Aluminum Crampons, Compatible with Your Boots. Please ask your guide which is appropriate for your objective
    • Lightweight Ice Axe - An ultralight Axe for Steep Terrain; Petzl Ride, BD Raven Ultra

    Head and Neck Layers

    • Sun Hat - A Baseball Hat; Blackbird Mountain Guides Logo Hat
    • Sunglasses - Dark Lens Glasses with Side Coverage; Julbo Shield
    • Goggles - Ski Goggles with a Storm Lens; Julbo Aerospace Reactive
    • Warm Hat - Lightweight Warm Hat that Fits Under Your Helmet; 
    • Neck Gaiter - Light to Midweight Neck Gaiters; Buff 

    Upper Body and Hand Layers

    • Long Sleeve Base Layer - Lightweight, Synthetic/Wool; Patagonia SunHoody
    • 2 Insulating Top Layers - Light to Midweight Insulation Layers; Patagonia R1 & NanoAir
    • Puffy - Midweight Down or Synthetic with Hood; Patagonia Fitzroy or similar
    • Hardshell Jacket, Hooded - Waterproof, Light, Gore-Tex, NOT insulated; Arc’Teryx Alpha FL
    • Light Gloves - Light to Mid Weight for Warm Temps; Flylow John Henry Gloves, BD Tour
    • Midweight Gloves - Mid to Heavy Weight for Cold Conditions; BD Legend
    • Sports Bra - Wool/Synthetic

    Lower Body and Foot Layers

    • Socks - Midweight Wool/Synthetic; Darn Tough Via Ferrata
    • Underwear - Wool/Synthetic
    • Long Underwear - Wool/Synthetic “Long Johns”;  Patagonia Capilene Air
    • Softshell Ski Pants - Breathable, Weather Resistant Pants; OR Trailbreaker II
    • Vented Hard Shell Ski Pants - (Conditions dependent) Waterproof Pants for Extreme Weather

    Camping & Backpacking Gear

    • Sleeping Bag - Down or Synthetic Rated to 0F-20F; Feathered Friends Egret UL 20
    • Sleeping Pad Inflatable - Insulated Inflatable Air Mattress; Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Therm, X-Lite
    • Sleeping Pad Closed Cell Foam - Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite - The combo of both the inflatable and foam sleeping pad provides optimal warmth for sleeping on snow
    • Compression Stuff Sack -  To Pack Sleeping Bag; Ultralight Compression Stuff Sack Large
    • Backpack - Lightweight, Simple 50 Liter Pack; Patagonia Alpinist 50, BD Speed 50 - MUST FIT ALL OF YOUR GEAR AND FOOD
    • Wag Bags (Solid Human Waste Disposal Bags)

    Food and Water

    • Dinner - Favorite Freeze Dried or “Just-Add-Hot-Water” Meal for Each Night in the Field.
    • Breakfast - Your Favorite Freeze Dried or “Just-Add-Hot-Water” Meal for Each Morning in the Field
    • Hot Drinks - For After Dinner and During Breakfast; Instant Coffee, Decaffeinated Tea, Hot Cocoa, Tang, Whatever You Prefer
    • Half Liter Nalgene Bottle - A Hard Sided Water Bottled that Can Act as your Mug For Hot Drinks and WAter Bottle During the Climb; Nalgene 16oz Wide Mouth Bottle
    • Soft Water Bottle 1.5L - Flexible Water Bladder; Hydrapak Flux 1.5L ***Please bring at least one hard sided water bottle.
    • Water Treatment or Filtration - Katadyn BeFree Filter Connects to Hydrapak Flux Bottles 
    • Bowl - Reuse your Freeze Dried Dinner Bag as Your Bowl, or Bring Another
    • Spoon - 9” Long Handled Spoon (For Eating Food in a Bag); GSI Essential Spoon Long
    • Snacks - Snacks and Lunch food  for each day of the trip

    Other Essentials

    • Sun Screen (SPF 30 minimum)
    • Lip Balm (with SPF)
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Toilet Paper

    Optional

    • First Aid/blister Kit
    • Chemical Hand Warmers
    • Hydration System - Flexible Water Bladder with Hose; Hydrapak, Camelback, Platypus

    Group Gear

    Blackbird Mountain Guides will supply all of the group gear for the trip, including:

    • Slingfin Tents (Designed and Headquartered in Berkeley, CA)
    • Stoves
    • Fuel for Stoves
    • Ropes
    • Snow Pickets (if required)
    • Rock Protection (if required)
    • Guide’s First Aid Kits

    Know Before You Go

    Location

    Mount Baker, WA

    Elevation

    3,600-10,781'

    Technical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪

    The ski mountaineering routes we offer on Baker involve glacier travel and the ability to climb and ski steep snow (up to 38 degrees) in variable conditions.

    Physical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪

    Mount Baker is a strenuous physical challenge.  Skiers climb over 7,000 feet from trailhead to the summit before descending the second most glaciated volcano in the Cascade Range.  Efficiency with climbing technique and excellent endurance are keys to feeling good on this climb.

    Trip Length

    2 days

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    $900.00
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