Baker Summit Climb 3 Day

A three day, two night mountaineering expedition to summit one of the most glaciated peaks in the lower 48. The program includes a refresher on ice axes, crampons and rope skills, but the expectation is that you have previous experience with these skills. Ascent route options include: Coleman-Deming and Easton Glacier.
Three climbers on Coleman Glacier, Mt Baker
Climber climbing towards the summit of Mt Baker
Climber on Pumice Ridge, Mt Baker
Two climbers ascending Colman Deming Glacier on Mt Baker, Washington
Coleman Deming Glacier with Mt Baker in the Background

A three day, two night mountaineering expedition to summit one of the most glaciated peaks in the lower 48.  We'll hike in, set up camp, prep gear and get an alpine start for the summit. 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. 

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.

Route options include: Coleman-Deming and Easton / Squawk Glacier Routes.

 

    Three climbers on Coleman Glacier, Mt Baker
    Climber climbing towards the summit of Mt Baker
    Climber on Pumice Ridge, Mt Baker
    Two climbers ascending Colman Deming Glacier on Mt Baker, Washington
    Coleman Deming Glacier with Mt Baker in the Background
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    • Load image into Gallery viewer, Climber on Pumice Ridge, Mt Baker
    • Load image into Gallery viewer, Two climbers ascending Colman Deming Glacier on Mt Baker, Washington
    • Load image into Gallery viewer, Coleman Deming Glacier with Mt Baker in the Background

    Dates

    Available Dates

    June 3-5 / Coleman Deming / 3:1
    June 3-5 / Coleman Deming / 2:1
    June 3-5 / Coleman Deming / 1:1
    June 3-5 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 3:1
    June 3-5 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 2:1
    June 3-5 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 1:1
    June 10-12 / Coleman Deming / 3:1
    June 10-12 / Coleman Deming / 2:1
    June 10-12 / Coleman Deming / 1:1
    June 10-12 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 3:1
    June 10-12 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 2:1
    June 10-12 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 1:1
    June 17-19 / Coleman Deming / 3:1
    June 17-19 / Coleman Deming / 2:1
    June 17-19 / Coleman Deming / 1:1
    June 17-19 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 3:1
    June 17-19 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 2:1
    June 17-19 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 1:1
    June 24-26 / Coleman Deming / 3:1
    June 24-26 / Coleman Deming / 2:1
    June 24-26 / Coleman Deming / 1:1
    June 24-26 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 3:1
    June 24-26 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 2:1
    June 24-26 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 1:1
    July 1-3 / Coleman Deming / 3:1
    July 1-3 / Coleman Deming / 2:1
    July 1-3 / Coleman Deming / 1:1
    July 1-3 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 3:1
    July 1-3 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 2:1
    July 1-3 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 1:1
    July 8-10 / Coleman Deming / 3:1
    July 8-10 / Coleman Deming / 2:1
    July 8-10 / Coleman Deming / 1:1
    July 8-10 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 3:1
    July 8-10 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 2:1
    July 8-10 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 1:1
    July 15-17 / Coleman Deming / 3:1
    July 15-17 / Coleman Deming / 2:1
    July 15-17 / Coleman Deming / 1:1
    July 15-17 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 3:1
    July 15-17 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 2:1
    July 15-17 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 1:1
    July 22-24 / Coleman Deming / 3:1
    July 22-24 / Coleman Deming / 2:1
    July 22-24 / Coleman Deming / 1:1
    July 22-24 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 3:1
    July 22-24 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 2:1
    July 22-24 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 1:1
    July 29-31 / Coleman Deming / 3:1
    July 29-31 / Coleman Deming / 2:1
    July 29-31 / Coleman Deming / 1:1
    July 29-31 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 3:1
    July 29-31 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 2:1
    July 29-31 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 1:1
    August 5-7 / Coleman Deming / 3:1
    August 5-7 / Coleman Deming / 2:1
    August 5-7 / Coleman Deming / 1:1
    August 5-7 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 3:1
    August 5-7 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 2:1
    August 5-7 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 1:1
    August 12-14 / Coleman Deming / 3:1
    August 12-14 / Coleman Deming / 2:1
    August 12-14 / Coleman Deming / 1:1
    August 12-14 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 3:1
    August 12-14 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 2:1
    August 12-14 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 1:1
    August 19-21 / Coleman Deming / 3:1
    August 19-21 / Coleman Deming / 2:1
    August 19-21 / Coleman Deming / 1:1
    August 19-21 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 3:1
    August 19-21 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 2:1
    August 19-21 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 1:1
    August 26-28 / Coleman Deming / 3:1
    August 26-28 / Coleman Deming / 2:1
    August 26-28 / Coleman Deming / 1:1
    August 26-28 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 3:1
    August 26-28 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 2:1
    August 26-28 / Easton / Squawk Glacier / 1:1

    Prices

    Mt Baker Price List
    Mountaineering Private
    Private RatesPer Person / Per Day
    1:1$990
    2:1$590
    3:1$470

    Itinerary

    Itinerary

    Equipment

    Technical Gear

    ❏ Climbing Helmet

    ❏ Headlamp - with fresh batteries

    ❏ Climbing harness (alpine or rock harness)

    ❏ Two Locking carabiners - Petzl Attache, etc

    ❏ Climbing boots - LaSportiva trango, Scarpa Charmoz or similar

    ❏ Gaiters - OR mini gaiters to keep snow out of boots

    ❏ Crampons (Steel crampons that are compatible with your boots)

    ❏ Ice Axe (55 to 65cm Axe)

    ❏ Trekking Poles - adjustable preferred

     

    Layers

    ❏ Sun Hat

    ❏ Sun Glasses

    ❏ Warm Hat

    ❏ 2x Buffs or face masks (These are for warmth and wind protection and are

    required for Covid-19 face coverings)

    ❏ Long sleeve base layer top

    ❏ 1 to 2 fleece weight upper layers (I'm using a Patgonia R1 and Nano Air)

    ❏ Puffy - Mid Weight Down/synthetic, Patagonia Fitzroy or similar

    ❏ Waterproof Shell Jacket with Hood - Gore-Tex (or similar) - basic, lightweight shell, NOT

    insulated

    ❏ Gloves-TWO pair

    ❏ one pair light/mid weight for warm temps

    ❏ one mid/heavy weight for cold

    ❏ Socks - TWO pair. Both mid-weight wool/synthetic

    ❏ Underwear - wool/synthetic

    ❏ Sports Bra - wool/synthetic

    ❏ Goggles (bring to gear check, we may choose to leave at the car depending on Weather

    Forecast)

    ❏ Long johns (bring to gear check, we may choose to leave at the car depending on Weather

    Forecast)

     

    Camping & Backpacking Gear

    ❏ Sleeping Bag (20F) - down preferred due to weight and pack-ability.

    ❏ Sleeping Pad - Inflatables are comfortable, but make sure it is insulated for sleeping on

    snow! Therm-a-rest NeoAir X-Therm or X-Lite are expensive, but excellent.

    ❏ Compression Stuff sack for sleeping bag

    ❏ Backpack - 50L (or the smallest bag that fits all of your gear and your share of the group

    gear). Black Diamond Speed 50 or similar work well for this.

    Other Essentials

    ❏ Sun Screen (SPF 30 minimum)

    ❏ Lip Balm (with SPF)

     

    Food and water

    ❏ Two freeze dried dinner meals (or meals that can be made with just hot water):

    I recommend Backpacker's Pantry Pad Thai, and Mountain House Pasta Primavera, but

    everyone has strong opinions on freeze dried meals. If you know you don’t like or do

    well with Freeze Dried, please let me know and I will forward some

    “just-add-water” options.

    ❏ Two Breakfasts:

    Grits with cheese, oatmeal, cold cereal with powdered milk, bagel and cream cheese,

    PB and J sandwich, mountain house freeze dried.

    Bring whatever sounds appealing for a midnight breakfast.

    ❏ Instant Coffee (if you’re a coffee drinker, now is a bad time to kick the habit!)

    ❏ Decaffeinated tea for evening hot drink

    ❏ Cup of 1⁄2 liter Nalgene Bottle (for hot drinks). I prefer the 1⁄2 liter Nalgene so that I can

    use it for water on the climb as well.

    ❏ Bowl

    To keep things light and compact, I use the freeze dried dinner bag for my breakfast

    bowl, but some people don’t like the remaining flavors. If that’s the case, bring a light

    bowl (lightweight tupperware works great)

    ❏ Spoon - choose a long handled spoon if you’re eating freeze dried food out of the bag.

    Normal spoons make it hard to reach the food and it gets messy.

    ❏ Snack Food - 3 days worth of snacks. I usually break this down as:

    ❏ Water - bring two liters capacity. I prefer using a 1⁄2 Liter Nalgene for hot drinks and a

    soft/collapsible 2L Hyrdrapack Bottle) Please bring at least one hard sided water

    bottle.

    ❏ Hand Sanitizer (Bring extra due to increased use for Covid-19)

    ❏ Toilet Paper

    Optional

    ❏ First Aid/blister Kit

    ❏ Chemical hand warmers

    ❏ Hydration System (Camelback, etc). Please bring an additional hard sided water bottle if

    you choose to bring a hydration system.

    Know Before You Go

    Location

    Mount Baker, WA

    Elevation

    3,600-10,781'

    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.

    Trip Length

    3 days

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