Choose your own adventure! For a week we will climb some of the nicest north faces, ridges and classic alpine routes of the North Cascades. Trips usually run 6 days and can be scheduled at your convenience. July, August, and September are the ideal months for this adventure. Please contact us to schedule your Classic Alpine Adventure!
Choose your own adventure. For a week we will climb some of the nicest north faces, ridges, and classic alpine routes of the North Cascades. Here are some suggestions: Mount Shuksan North Face, Mount Buckner North Face, Forbidden Peak North West Buttress, Mount Goode North East Buttress, Mount Baker Coleman Headwall, Johannesberg Mountain Northeast Face. This strenuous week offers some of the best climbing in the Pacific Northwest. It will be a week you will never forget.
Most of these weeks are arranged on a private basis, so the particular itinerary generally depends on the weather, conditions, and the wishes of the people who sign up. See below for a shortlist of suggestions out of a very long list of possible objectives.Route suggestions:
Overall Difficulty: Difficult
Skills Required: Prior mountaineering experience required; One should have glacier travel experience, solid cramponing and rock climbing skills up to 5.6 YDS. Continuous movement in exposed terrain should not be a problem. Elementary rope handling skills such as tying in, rappelling, and belaying are required.
Fitness Required: Excellent physical fitness; you should be able to hike or climb for more than six hours with a pack varying from 20 to 40 pounds and ascend 4,000 to 5,000 feet of vertical gain per day for up to a week.
We will be climbing in the North Cascades National Park or in the Mount Baker Wilderness. Access roads to the various trailheads are quite diverse and will be communicated to you once the climbing objectives have been established.
No, you are responsible for your own food. We are glad to help with food suggestions, though!
Try to fit your gear into a 50 liter pack. If the week is conducted out of an established basecamp, you could consider a bigger pack along with a summit pack.
Although tipping is not a requirement, it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or a flat amount that you are comfortable with.