Baker Summit & Ski 3 Day

A three day, two night ski mountaineering expedition to summit one of the most glaciated peaks in the lower 48. The 3 Day program is perfect for most ski mountaineers 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.
Skier touring on Mt Baker in Washington at dawn
Skier looking at the summit of Mt Baker during a guided ski tour with Blackbird Guides
Skier touring towards the summit of Mt Baker in Washington
Skier touring on Mt Baker in Washington at dawn
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
Baker Summit & Ski 3 Day
Skier slashing a turn in front of avalanche debris on Mt Baker in Washington
Mt Baker in Washington covered in snow
Skier touring towards the summit of Mt Baker in Washington
Skier looking at the summit of Mt Baker during a guided ski tour with Blackbird Guides
Mt Baker in Washington at dawn
Sunrise on 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

A 2 night, 3 day mission to summit and ski one of the most glaciated peaks in the lower 48.  We'll ski to camp, set up our tents, and get in a ski lap before calling it a night.  The following day we'll prep the skills we need for our summit attempt, including efficiency techniques, ice axe, crampons and rope skills and get to bed early before our alpine start for the summit push.  On day three we'll get up early, head for the summit and ski back to camp before we tear down camp and return to the trailhead.

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

    Skier touring on Mt Baker in Washington at dawn
    Skier looking at the summit of Mt Baker during a guided ski tour with Blackbird Guides
    Skier touring towards the summit of Mt Baker in Washington
    Skier touring on Mt Baker in Washington at dawn
    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
    Baker Summit & Ski 3 Day
    Skier slashing a turn in front of avalanche debris on Mt Baker in Washington
    Mt Baker in Washington covered in snow
    Skier touring towards the summit of Mt Baker in Washington
    Skier looking at the summit of Mt Baker during a guided ski tour with Blackbird Guides
    Mt Baker in Washington at dawn
    Sunrise on 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

    May 10-12, 2022
    June 11-13, 2022
    July 2-4, 2022
    July 8-10, 2022
    July 23-25, 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. The guide will conduct a Trailhead Departure Check/Beacon Check. 

    8:30am Ascend to camp and build camp. 

    Day 2 

    Snow School! 

    In this program we'll cover: Ski 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. 

    Early 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 3 

    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. Ski Descent. Once we reach our high point, we’ll descend the route and ski the variations holding the best snow! Pack up camp and return to trailhead. We’ll break down camp, pack up our bags and descend to the trailhead. We’ll aim to be down by early afternoon. 

    Equipment

    Mt 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

    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

    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 or your favorite Face Masks 

    ***These Are Required as Covid-19 Face Coverings

     

    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 Hardshell 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 - Insulated Inflatable Air Mattress; Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Therm, X-Lite

    Compression Stuff Sack -  To Pack Sleeping Bag; Ultralight Compression Stuffsack 10L

    Backpack - Lightweight, Simple 50 Liter Pack; Patagonia Alpinist 50, BD Speed 50 - MUST FIT ALL OF YOUR GEAR AND FOOD
     

    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 Dutring 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

    ✔ Wag Bags (Solid Human Waste Disposal Bags)

    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

    3 days

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