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2 Day Mount Baker Climb

Overview

Mount Baker is one of the most beautiful volcanoes on the West Coast. Climbing this strenuous but technically moderate 10780 foot peak can be done as an overnight trip!

$600 Per Person
2 Days
Difficulty
Ratio:
2:1

Trip Information

$600
Price based on 3-4 climbers. Please contact us directly for pricing for private trips. 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com

Mount Baker is one of the most beautiful volcanoes on the West Coast. Climbing this strenuous but technically moderate 10780 foot peak can be done as an overnight trip! We will be summiting via the gentle Easton Glacier route or the classic Coleman-Deming route.

Though technically not very difficult, the physical effort of climbing Mount Baker as an overnight trip should not be underestimated. You will be gaining between 7000 and 8000 feet of vertical essentially in a 24 hour period, have a pre-dawn start and will have to have enough energy to drive back after a 12 hour day on the mountain.
 
 
Duration: 2
Ratio: 2:1
Difficulty Level:
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Overall difficulty: Moderate

Skills required: No experience necessary (you will learn glacier travel in crevassed terrain with crampons and ice axe)

Fitness Level: Very strenuous: 3500 feet or more of vertical gain with a one day or overnight alpine climbing pack
 

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Itinerary

The Easton Glacier Route:
Day 1:  From the Sedro Wooley Ranger Station we will commute to the trailhead at Schriebers Meadow. The hike to our high camp at around 6500 feet takes about 4 hours and will provide easy access to the Easton Glacier the next day. 
Day 2:  An early start will get us going on the gentle slopes of the Easton Glacier. The sunrise on the south side of the Mount Baker are truly spectacular. The route will take up to the edge of the crater at around 9700 feet before we tackle the final 35 degree slope to the Summit. It will take about 5 hours to get to the top and certainly 3 hours to get back down to camp. A quick rest will give us the needed energy to head back down to the trailhead. 
 
The Coleman-Deming route:
Day 1: From the Glacier ranger station we will commute together to the Heliotrope Ridge trailhead at 3600 feet. A three to four  hour  hike will bring us to the spectacular camp at the base of Heliotrope Ridge at 6000 feet. The views from the Heliotrope Camp are amazing. Big, crevassed glaciers (that provide running water), sunset over the Puget Sound Islands, and the City Lights of Vancouver create an amazing backdrop for this camp. 
Day 2: This is a long day that requires an early start. (Nothing a good cup of coffee cannot take care of…). Our route will take us high up onto the lower plateau of the Coleman Glacier, under the  spectacular North Face of Colfax Peak and on to the 9000 foot high Coleman-Deming Col. From here we ascend the final pitch to the summit. If all goes according to plan, you can will be standing on Grant Summit by mid morning and be back at camp in the early afternoon. 
A short rest will provide us with enough energy to pack up camp and head down the trail. You can assume to be back at your car at around 4pm.

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Pricing

$600
per person
Price based on 3-4 climbers. Please contact us directly for pricing for private trips. 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com
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Payment Policy
If booking a domestic trip that is over 30 days away or an international trip that is over 60 days away, you can book your trip by paying a 20% deposit.  View Full Policy
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel for any reason 30 or more days before domestic trips or 60 or more days before international and Alaska trips, we will refund everything you have paid minus half of your deposit. No refunds will be provided if you cancel your trip for ANY REASON (this includes but is not limited to illness including CoVid-19, injury, or work-related issues) within 30 days of the start of domestic trips or 60 days of international and Alaska based trips.  View Full Policy

Equipment List

Clothing
Base Layer
  • 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight
  • 1 or 2 Tops - midweight or lightweight
  • Socks - 2 pair
Mid Layer
  • Windshirt or light soft shell jacket
  • Fleece or similar warm layer
  • Synthetic climbing or hiking pants
Outerwear
  • Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
  • Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pants
  • Warm Hat - should cover your ears
  • Sun Hat - baseball cap or visor
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Warm gloves
  • Down or Synthetic Puffy-type Jacket
  • Gaiters--low top or full size
Personal Gear
  • Internal Frame Pack - 50 Liter/3100 cu.in. minimum
    • Everything must fit inside except ice axe, crampons, helmet, and pad
    • If approach shoes are worn, mountaineering boots may be on outside of pack as well
  • Sleeping Bag - down or synthetic, 20º F or warmer
  • Compression Sack - for sleeping bag
  • Sleeping Pad - closed cell foam or self inflating (or both)
  • Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended
  • 2 Water Bottles - liter bottles, wide mouth recommended
  • Water purification - tablets or filter
  • Bowl and Cup - bowl is optional if eating from freeze-dried meal bags
  • Spoon, Fork, or Spork
  • Small Knife
  • Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel
  • Sunscreen - SPF 25+, waterproof
  • Lip Balm - SPF 15+
  • Lighter
  • Personal Toiletries - keep it simple: toothbrush, tiny toothpaste, hand sanitizer
  • Small Personal First Aid Kit - just the basics: blister care, ibuprofin, prescription meds, etc.; your guides will have a substantial group first aid kit
  • Toilet Paper (blue bags provided by PGS)
Technical Gear
  • Ice Axe - lightweight, 45-70cm
  • Mountaineering Boots - crampon compatible
  • Boot Crampons - 10-12 point steel with anti-ball plates, pre-fit to boots
  • Climbing Harness - mountaineering style preferred (no padding; ex: BD Alpine Bod)
  • Adjustable Trekking Pole(s) - nice to have for approach/crevasse navigation
  • Helmet - climbing helmet UIAA approved
  • Glacier Travel Kit:
    • 2 Locking Carabiners - 2 large/2 small with at least 1 large HMS style
    • 2 Non-locking Carabiners - any style, we recommend wire gates
    • 1 Single Length Dyneema/Dynex Runner/Sling (60cm/24in diameter loop)
    • 1 Double Length Dyneema/Dynex Runner/Sling (120cm/48in diameter loop)
    • 1 Cordelette - 6 mm cord, 6 meter length
Optional Items
  • Camera - we’d like some shots for the PGS website!
  • Ear Plugs - essential for sound sleep
  • Camp Booties
  • Thermos - vacuum type
  • Electrolytes - tablets/powder/gel/blocks
  • Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-Rain brand waterproof notebooks work well
  • Compass - adjustable declination a must
  • Altimeter
  • Map Case - large Ziploc bag works well
  • Maps - contact guiding office for appropriate quadrangles
  • Tibloc and/or MicroTraxion devices - used for crevasse rescue
  • Collapsible Water Canteen - good for storing snowmelt at camp
  • Liner socks - if blister-prone
  • Warm Socks - to sleep in
  • Approach shoes--lightweight running shoes work well
  • Foot Powder
  • Neck gaiter - for protecting your face from sun, wind, cold
  • Post-course care kit (to leave in car): cotton T-shirt, flip flops, favorite treats
Additional Items

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FAQs

Which routes will we be climbing?

We will either climb the Coleman-Deming or the Easton Glacier route, depending on conditions and preferences.

How much prior mountaineering experience is required?

No prior mountaineering experience is required; however, strong fitness IS required.

Does PGS provide food?

No, you are responsible for your own food. We are glad to help with food suggestions, though.

What size pack should I bring?

Try to fit your gear into a 50 liter pack. You could also consider a larger pack with an smaller summit pack.

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