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3 Day Mount Baker Summit Climb

Overview

Mount Baker is one of the most beautiful volcanoes on the West Coast.  Climb this technically moderate 10,781' peak with us on a 2 or 3 day day trip.  We will climb via the Coleman-Deming route or the Easton Glacier.

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$760 Per Person
3 Days
Difficulty
Ratio:
2:1

Trip Information

$760
Price based on 3-4 climbers per guide. 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com
Mount Baker is one of the most beautiful volcanoes on the West Coast. We usually climb this technically moderate and very glaciated 10,781' peak via the Coleman-Deming Glacier route on the North side.  Occasionally, due to poor conditions on the Coleman-Demming, we climb the equally spectacular Easton Glacier on the South side.
 
Based on feedback from our guides and clients, we are now offering regularly scheduled 3-day Baker climbs.  If you prefer to do this climb in 2 days, no problem!  Just let us know what dates work for you and we can add them to our calendar, or we can put together a private climb for you. 
 
We recommend a 3-day climb because you have a night of rest after summiting before hiking out and driving home.  Even with a third day you can expect to be back to the greater Seattle area in the afternoon.  A third day also allows the opportunity to summit on the 2nd night/3rd day if the weather does not allow an attempt on the 1st night/2nd day.  
Duration: 3
Ratio: 2:1
Difficulty Level:
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Overall Difficulty: moderate

Skills: No prior mountaineering skills required.  Experience hiking for long days with a heavy pack and overnight backpacking strongly encouraged.

Fitness Level: Strenuous.  You must be able to carry a heavy pack for multiple days in a row for up to 8 hours at a time over 4500 feet of vertical elevation gain.

 


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Itinerary

Coleman-Demming Route:
We generally meet at the Glacier Ranger Station in the little town of Glacier, WA. 
Day one:            
From the ranger station we will commute together to the end of the road at 3600 feet. A three to four hour hike will bring us to the spectacular Hogsback camp at 6000 feet. It is a very comfortable camp with running water. We also have the option to camp a little higher near the Black Buttes at 7000 feet. This would shorten the summit day effort a bit, but there is no running water. Either way, both camps are very spectacular. 
Day two:           
The summit day requires an early start. (Nothing a good cup of coffee cannot take care of…) We will leave camp in the dark and head up the Coleman Glacier. The route will take us beyond the 7000 foot camp, past the spectacular Colfax Peak North Face and on to the Coleman-Deming Col at 9000 feet. It should take about 3 hours to get there. From the col, we will ascend the pumice ridge, and before making the final push up the Roman Wall (it is not that steep; about 35 degrees) to the summit plateau. A quick walk across the plateau will get us to Grant Summit at 10,871 feet. If all goes according to plan, we should summit at around 9am. This should see us back to our tents by the early afternoon.
Day three:
We will wake up, pack up, and mosey back to the cars.  You can expect to be back to your cars before noon so you have plenty of time to get back to the greater Seattle area by the early afternoon.  

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Pricing

$760
per person
Price based on 3-4 climbers per guide. 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com
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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
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