Baker Summit Climb 3 Day
A three day, two night mountaineering expedition to summit one of the most glaciated peaks in the lower 48. We hike to camp, where we'll teach a thorough snow school to build efficiency and safety techniques needed to climb Baker with a guide. The next day, we'll get a predawn "alpine" start to attempt the summit and descend back to camp. After a hot dinner we'll get a full night's sleep before packing up camp and returning to the trailhead on day 3. The 3 Day program is perfect for most climbers and provides a more thorough snow school and much needed rest after the long summit day. All participants on this program should be in excellent mountain fitness.
Route options include: Coleman-Deming and Easton / Squawk Glacier Routes.
If you're looking for a more comprehensive Baker mountaineering course, including crevasse rescue, check out our four day Glacier Mountaineering Skills Seminar!
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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.
8:30am Ascend to camp and build camp.
12:00pm Snow School. In this program we'll cover: Mountaineering Gear, Ice Axe Techniques including Self Arrest and Team Arrest (for Glacier Travel), Crampon Techniques, Mountaineering efficiency including the Rest Step, Descending techniques for mountaineering, Basics of rope team 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!
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.
Break down camp, pack up our bags and descend to the trailhead. We’ll aim to be down by early afternoon.
Gear Guide / Packing List
- Climbing Helmet - Petzl Sirocco or Black Diamond Vision
- Headlamp - LED headlamp with fresh batteries; Petzl Actik Core
- Climbing Harness - Alpine or Rock Climbing Harness; Petzl Altitude, Mammut Zephyr
- Two Locking Carabiners - Petzl Attache, etc
- Triple Action Locking Carabiner - Edelrid HMS Strike Triple FG Locking Carabiner
- Double Length Sling - Sewn Runner; Black Diamond 10mm Dynex Runner
- Belay Device - Tube Style Belay Device; BD ATC Guide, Petzl Reverso
- Climbing boots - Suitable for the Weather and Mountain; LaSportiva Trango, LaSportiva G5 or LaSportiva Nepal Cube, Scarpa Phantom Tech or Scarpa Mont Blanc
- Gaiters - Low Profile, Lightweight Gaiters; OR Flex-Tex II
- Crampons - Steel Crampons Compatible with Your Boots; Petzl Vasak
- Semi-technical Ice Tool - A Curved Tool with a Pommel for Glacier Walking and Steep Snow/Ice Climbing; Petzl Sum-Tec, Petzl Quark, CAMP XLight, Black Diamond Venom
- Technical Ice Tool - Aggressive Curved Tool for Steep Ice; Petzl Nomic, CAMP X-Dream, BD Cobra - Depending on your trip
- Trekking Poles - Lightweight, Adjustable Poles with Baskets; BD Alpine FLZ Poles
Head and Neck Layers
- Sun Hat - A Baseball Hat; Blackbird Mountain Guides Logo Hat
- Sunglasses - Dark Lens Glasses with Side Coverage; Julbo Shield
- Goggles (bring to trailhead, we may choose to leave at the car depending on weather)
- Warm Hat - Lightweight Warm Hat that Fits Under Your Helmet;
- Neck Gaiters - Light to Midweight Neck Gaiters; Buff or your favorite Face Masks
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 & Nano Air
- Puffy - Midweight Down or Synthetic with Hood; Patagonia Fitzroy or similar
- Hardshell Jacket, Hooded - Waterproof, 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; Flylow Super Glove
- Sports Bra - Wool/Synthetic
Lower Body and Foot Layers
- Underwear - Wool/Synthetic
- Socks - Midweight Wool/Synthetic; Darn Tough Via Ferrata
- Long Underwear - Wool/Synthetic “Long Johns”; Patagonia Capilene Air
- Softshell Climbing Pants - Breathable, Weather Resistant Pants - Marmot Scree Pants
- Hardshell Climbing Pants - Light, gore-tex pants, full zip are ideal to put on with boots/crampons on
Camping & Backpacking Gear
- Sleeping Bag - Down or Synthetic Rated to 20F; Feathered Friends Egret UL 20
- Sleeping Pad - Insulated Inflatable Air Mattress; Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Therm, X-Lite
- Compression Stuff - To Pack Your Sleeping Bag; Ultralight Compression Sack 10L
- Backpack - Lightweight, Simple 50 Liter Pack; Patagonia Alpinist 50, BD Speed 50
Food and Water
- Dinner - Your 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 & Lunch - Snacks & lunch for each day of the trip
- Sun Screen (SPF 30 minimum)
- Lip Balm (with SPF)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Toilet Paper
- Wag Bags (Solid Human Waste Disposal Bags)
- First Aid/blister Kit
- Chemical Hand Warmers
- Hydration System - Flexible Water Bladder with Hose; Hydrapak, Camelback, Platypus
- Blackbird Mountain Guides will supply all of the group gear for the trip, including:
- Slingfin Tents (Designed and Headquartered in Berkeley, CA)
- Fuel for Stoves
- Snow Pickets (if required)
- Rock Protection (if required)
- Guide’s First Aid Kits
Know Before You Go
Mount Baker, WA
Technical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪
The mountaineering routes we offer on Baker involve glacier travel and the ability to climb in variable conditions.
Physical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪
Mount Baker is a strenuous physical challenge. Climbers 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.
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