Mt Baker Summit & Ski 1 Day

This single push summit of Mt 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.
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We'll tackle the following objectives and skills:

  • Push Your Limits - Take your backcountry skiing to the next level on this glaciated North Cascades volcano!

  • Ascent & Descent Route Options
    • Coleman-Deming Glacier
    • Easton Glacier
    • Squawk Glacier

  • Summit Attempt - This is a massive day, gaining over 6,000’ of elevation over various snow surfaces and steep slopes, without taking lengthy breaks.

  • Ski Descent - Once we reach our high point, we’ll descend the route and ski the variations holding the best snow, racking up over 6,000' of vertical!

Here's the schedule for your trip:

  • 3:00-4:00am - Early Alpine Start - Meet up with your guide at the trailhead for a gear check and review of the plan for the day.

  • 12:00-3:00pm - Summit Attempt - We'll make a push for the summit, stopping only to refuel, rehydrate and adjust layers on our way. We will go as long as stamina and conditions allow.

  • 2:00-4:00pm - Ski Descent - Hard work and determination are handsomely rewarded as we enjoy the views and shred a continuous 7,000'+ feet back down to the trailhead!

Here are the skills and fitness you'll need for your course:

  • Expert Resort Riding Skills - Including steep and consequential off-piste terrain in challenging snow conditions.

  • Intermediate Touring Experience - Including efficient gear management and skinning, transition technique, with 20+ days of backcountry experience.

  • Intermediate Ski Mountaineering Experience - Including ice ax, crampon, and basic rope skills.Join our Ski Mountaineering Skills course prior to attending if you need a refresher

  • Excellent Fitness - Able to spend 12-16 continuous hours outside, moving uphill at over 1,000’ per hour for durations of 1-2 hours between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 12-15 miles, climbing 3,000-6,000 vertical feet throughout the course of the day. People with excellent fitness typically have a strenuous workout 4-6 days per week. Be ready for a sufferfest!

Here's what's included with your trip:

  • Experienced AMGA Trained Guide
  • Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Permit
  • Ropes & Gear - for ski mountaineering training
  • Group Safety Gear - your guide will be equipped with snow science tools and a first aid kit
  • Wag Bags - for human waste disposal in with compliance 'Leave No Trace' principles
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Ski & Splitboard Gear
  • Avalanche Gear
  • Ice Axe, Crampons, Climbing Harness
  • Guide Gratuities

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SKILL LEVELAdvanced Expert
ELEVATION3,600’-10,781’
LocationMt Baker

Price/Person $850.00
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Duration: 1 Day
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Private Programs

Blackbird Mountain Guides offers both scheduled group programs and private programs.

Private programs are simply above and beyond what Blackbird Mountain Guides currently has scheduled. Scheduled courses are not always less expensive. Before booking a trip with Blackbird Mountain Guides, clients are encouraged to review the differences between these types of programs, and to decide what works best for them.

SCHEDULED PROGRAMS

Scheduled Programs have fixed dates, itineraries, objectives, curriculum, and costs. They typically appeal to solo individuals or small groups or who are looking to share the cost of their program with a larger group. Correspondingly, scheduled programs are less expensive for smaller groups (1-2), and they provide the opportunity to meet others with similar interests. If you have a large group (3+), Scheduled programs will often be more expensive. They can fill up quickly, and scheduling flexibility is obviously limited.

Scheduled programs will have advertised dates. All scheduled programs can be run as private programs with private dates/rates as well.

PRIVATE PROGRAMS

Private programs have scheduling freedom. They typically appeal to those who would like some flexibility in planning their own trip or course. In this regard, Itineraries and objectives can be tailored to suit current conditions as well as client goals. Private programs are normally less expensive for larger groups (3+). If you have a small group (1-2) private programs will be more expensive.

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Here's the schedule for your trip:

  • 3:00-4:00am - Early Alpine Start - Meet up with your guide at the trailhead for a gear check and review of the plan for the day.

  • 12:00-3:00pm - Summit Attempt - We'll make a push for the summit, stopping only to refuel, rehydrate and adjust layers on our way. We will go as long as stamina and conditions allow.

  • 2:00-4:00pm - Ski Descent - Hard work and determination are handsomely rewarded as we enjoy the views and shred a continuous 7,000'+ feet back down to the trailhead!

We'll tackle the following objectives and skills:

  • Push Your Limits - Take your backcountry skiing to the next level on this glaciated North Cascades volcano!

  • Ascent & Descent Route Options
    • Coleman-Deming Glacier
    • Easton Glacier
    • Squawk Glacier

  • Summit Attempt - This is a massive day, gaining over 6,000’ of elevation over various snow surfaces and steep slopes, without taking lengthy breaks.

  • Ski Descent - Once we reach our high point, we’ll descend the route and ski the variations holding the best snow, racking up over 6,000' of vertical!

Here's the schedule for your trip:

  • 3:00-4:00am - Early Alpine Start - Meet up with your guide at the trailhead for a gear check and review of the plan for the day.

  • 12:00-3:00pm - Summit Attempt - We'll make a push for the summit, stopping only to refuel, rehydrate and adjust layers on our way. We will go as long as stamina and conditions allow.

  • 2:00-4:00pm - Ski Descent - Hard work and determination are handsomely rewarded as we enjoy the views and shred a continuous 7,000'+ feet back down to the trailhead!

Here are the skills and fitness you'll need for your course:

  • Expert Resort Riding Skills - Including steep and consequential off-piste terrain in challenging snow conditions.

  • Intermediate Touring Experience - Including efficient gear management and skinning, transition technique, with 20+ days of backcountry experience.

  • Intermediate Ski Mountaineering Experience - Including ice ax, crampon, and basic rope skills.Join our Ski Mountaineering Skills course prior to attending if you need a refresher

  • Excellent Fitness - Able to spend 12-16 continuous hours outside, moving uphill at over 1,000’ per hour for durations of 1-2 hours between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 12-15 miles, climbing 3,000-6,000 vertical feet throughout the course of the day. People with excellent fitness typically have a strenuous workout 4-6 days per week. Be ready for a sufferfest!

Here's what's included with your trip:

  • Experienced AMGA Trained Guide
  • Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Permit
  • Ropes & Gear - for ski mountaineering training
  • Group Safety Gear - your guide will be equipped with snow science tools and a first aid kit
  • Wag Bags - for human waste disposal in with compliance 'Leave No Trace' principles
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Ski & Splitboard Gear
  • Avalanche Gear
  • Ice Axe, Crampons, Climbing Harness
  • Guide Gratuities

Washington Ski Mountaineering Gear List

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Awesome day!

    Awesome day tour with our guide, Will. Super knowledgeable, knew the area well and a cool guy. Highly recommend.

    John G.
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