Baker Summit & Ski 1 Day
This single push summit of Mount Baker is a massive undertaking. We'll climb and ski 7,000 vertical feet in a continuous push to get up and back to the trailhead without camping or taking breaks longer than 15 minutes, with an exception for a longer stop on the summit.
This day is not for the unfit or the weak of heart: it will test your limits as a ski mountaineer. This climb requires superb fitness, a solid understanding and proficiency with ski mountaineering efficiency and safety skills and a fast and light equipment kit. Your guide will set a minimum reasonable pace to complete the climb in a single push, but going slow is not an option on this climb. Going too slow will necessitate turning the around.
This program is offered exclusively as a private program with a maximum skier to guide ratio of 2:1.
PricesRefer to prices on overview page
ItineraryOn the morning of your trip: Meet your guide for a very early alpine start! The time will be discussed with your guide prior to the trip, but plan to start in the dark! Climb and ski the mountain and return to the trailhead after a long, satisfying day.
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 (to A Frame your skis on your pack)
- 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
- 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) OR Triple Action Locking Carabiner (Edelrid HMS Strike Triple)
- Crampons, Steel OR Aluminum - Compatible with Your Boots; Petzl Vasak
- 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 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; 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 Hardshell Ski Pants - Waterproof Pants for Extreme Weather; Flylow Compound
Food and Water
- Soft Water Bottle 2L - Flexible Water Bladder; Hydrapak Flux 2L
- Snacks & lunch for a full day out in the field while working hard - savory and sweet items
Know Before You Go
Mount Baker, WA
Technical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪
Ice axe and crampon skills are a prerequisite for participation in this program.
Mount Baker is a strenuous physical challenge and doing it in a single, continuous push is reserved for skiers and riders with the ability to move quickly for thousands of feet and many hours. Skiers and riders who want to attempt this program need to be confident in their ability to climb over 7,000 feet continuously at a faster pace than skiers who attempt the summit over multiple days. Upon reaching the summit, skiers must still be able to descend in good style.
1 long day (Should be around 12 hours round trip).
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