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Learn all climbing skills in Mount Baker

Skiing in winter, mountaineering in spring/summer and ice-climbing in the fall. If you want to explore a versatile mountain, Mount Baker is the best option.

Mountain RangeCascade Range
Duration3 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Type of tripNot specified

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Mount Baker is an active and glaciated volcano located in the North Cascades of Washington, United States. After Mount Rainier, it is the most heavily glaciated volcano of the Cascade Range. Its amounts of snow and ice is bigger than all the other Cascades volcanoes together, excepting Rainier.

And although Mount Bake is famous for being one of the snowiest places of the world, it can be visited in any time of the year. You can practice sustained ice climbing or easy mountaineering expeditions for beginners, depending on the season. Because of that I love this mountain and plan a unique trip for those who want to join me. 

Another amazing feature of Mount Bake is its proximity to the ocean and the stunning viewpoint from its 3.286-meter summit: a perfect landscape of Canada, the San Juans, the Picket Range of the North Cascades and Mt. Rainier.

I am inviting you to enjoy a wilderness experience learning all the technical skills you need to climb a mountain. You have two options. The first one is a climb to Squak Glacier as a beginning mountaineering experience. Squak Glacier is an alternative to the main route (Easton Glacier) and its trail offers a shorter and more direct line.

Here you have an estimated program of Option 1:

DAY 1: STARTING POINT IN SEATTLE AND RIDE TO THE TRAILHEAD

Hike to high camp at Crag View, 1981 meters. Navigation, route finding, steep snow walking techniques, snow camping and alpine self-care.

DAY 2: SNOW SKILLS AND GLACIER TRAVEL EDUCATION DAY

Full snow school, ice axes arrest, self-belay and crampon technique. Rope team travel. Summit attempt preparation. Remained camped at Crag View.

DAY 3: SUMMIT ATTEMPT

Climb the Squak Glacier and meet up with the Easton Glacier Route just below the Roman Headwall. Climb the final 1.000’ to the summit and enjoy the views. Descend to camp, pack up and head down the trail back to the cars.

The other option of this trip is a more advanced climb in the North Ridge of Mount Baker. It also consists in a 3-day summit climb over this amazing ridge, an alpine climber’s dream come true.  As I always say, it’s a real test of stamina, skill and composure on a big Northwest mountain!!!

Both courses include an Introduction to Mountaineering Outing. It will help you to take the knowledge gained in class and transfer it to the real situations while trying to reach the summit of Mount Baker. I promise it will be an enriching experience.

Contact me and let’s learn and climb it with the best team of guides. 

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About the guide

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Mick has traveled the world over in search of the perfect mountain experience. After working for years under other companies’ ethos and philosophies, nothing quite fit with his personal convictions and passions. In 2006 he set out on his own to make his vision of the holistic mountain experience a reality for anyone who shared his passion for the outdoors.

Having traveled all over the U.S. as the son of a railroad employee, Mick is accustomed to movement and new views. Mexico, Canada, Thailand, Taiwan, Europe, South America, Tanzania are some of the places and cultures that have shaped and influenced Mick.

Currently, Mick resides in Seattle, WA managing Kaf Adventures and continuing to hold the vision of this ever evolving company. He works tirelessly to continue to provide world-class experiences that provide knowledge and a greater perspective of the great outdoors.

Mick’s true passion is education. He has found a unique passion for educating aspiring instructors and guides in the U.S. You will find him outside helping new leaders gain confidence in their ability to make decisions in complex environments.

When he is not in the field (where he spends over 100 days a year) you can find him creating electronic music and making people dance. Mick has a habit of making those around him smile, and you might just wonder when he sleeps!

Mick is an American Mountain Guide Association certified Rock and Alpine Guide, SPI Program Provider, AMGA Instructor Team Member, LNT Master trainer, a Wilderness First Responder, a certified Level 3 AIARE avalanche graduate, an instructor for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, and speaks Spanish and a little Swahili.


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USD 3743 each

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