Mt Baker - 10,781' / 3286 m
1-4 Days, mid-April - June
Only Mt Rainier has more glaciers, ice, and snow then the entire Cascades Range combined. But only Mt Baker has the access and terrain that makes it some of the best ski mountaineering terrain anywhere, from introductory to expert. You can have a one-day ultra event up to a 6-day circumnavigation tour, or take it easy with a 3-day Daily summit cruise. Pick your tour and contact me!
I also offering mountaineering and climbing trips on Mt Baker, which typically start in June and last all the way through September. If you're interested in those offerings, click this LINK.
Mt Baker Express
The best balance of time and effort, Mt Baker is a perfect two-day trip. We'll spend the first day meeting and touring up to camp on Heliotrope Ridge. On the second day we'll summit via the Coleman-Demming, then descend to camp, and continue the descent along Heliotrope Ridge back to the car. This is the most popular itinerary. Max ratio 4:1.
NEW FOR 2016!
Mt Baker Ski Mountaineering Course
After last year's popularity of this custom program, I decided to put it up on the offerings for this year. This 3-4 day ski mountaineering course emphasizes glacier travel techniques and route-finding, crevasse rescue, and culminates with a summit and ski descent. Ultimate course length depends on the prior experience and wants of your team. This itinerary is perfect for teams getting ready to tackle Mt Rainier, heading north into Canada for one of the glacier ski tours like the Spearhead or Wapta Traverse, or crossing the pond to ski the classic tours of the Alps. Max ratio 4:1.
Mt Baker Bullet
Skipping the pesky camping stuff, this is a one-day ascent and descent of the mountain by the Coleman-Demming route. Its a marathon session, starting uber-early in the morning and finishing in time for burgers in Glacier. The big vertical and mileage is tempered by the moderate skiing. Max ratio 4:1.
Mt Baker Daily
The Daily is more about the skiing - on the second day we'll time our summit to have the best snow conditions on the way down, and in the afternoon and the morning of the third day we'll explore the skiing on Heliotrope Ridge before returning to the car. Max ratio 4:1.
Mt Baker Double-Black Descents - Park Headwall, North Ridge, and Coleman Headwall
These three descents require expert skiing ability and may require technical rappels to complete. Prior skiing experience with me or a convincing resume will certainly be required. The Park Headwall may require a third day depending on conditions. Max ratio 2:1.
I offer these trips as a co-owner of the Certified Guides Cooperative.