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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.
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.
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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Kaf Adventures is fantastic. I could not have asked for a better experience with my Intermediate Mountaineering class I took with Kaf. The instructors were knowledgeable, excellent teachers, supportive, and fun. I felt like I was in excellent hands. And I actually got the chance to use my new skills on our climb of Mount Baker, as I took a short fall and self-arrested! I had a great time climbing Mount Baker and improving my mountaineering skills with Kaf. Highly recommended.
I just got back from a 3-day Mountaineering Intermediate course on Mt. Baker, and I couldn\'t be happier that Kaf Adventures lead the way. Weather was ideal the first 2 days but on summit day the decision was made to stay put as conditions were questionable and miserable. Our 3 guides (Joel, Archer and Todd) were absolutely fantastic - extremely knowledgeable and high-energy and I loved how they infused the trip with their own personalities and experiences. They were constantly assessing and checking in with us to make sure we were all comfortable physically, mentally, spiritually. :) It was a feeling of complete comfort, which was most welcome in an environment I\'m naturally a little terrified of. Can\'t wait for my Rainier climb with Kaf, and to take more courses. I definitely recommend them, and can\'t say enough good things!
My next second training was an Intro to Mountaineering 3 day trip at Mt Baker. Our group included 5 clients, 3 instructors (Paul, Matt and Archer) and 1 Kaf intern (Austin). The Kaf team members were absolutely delightful people - very knowledgeable, approachable, patient and inspiring. They did an excellent job preparing us for the mountain as well as keeping us safe & in high spirits despite some pretty gnarly weather that rolled through! Our summit attempt was cancelled due to a storm that hit Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, but they kept us busy with training the entire time (not to mention very well fed!) The third training was a 3 night trip up Mt Rainier via Emmons Glacier. Paul, Archer and Austin again led our group (3 clients) up, up and to the summit! They were very attentive to everyone\'s condition the entire time - climbing Rainier was physically & mentally exhausting, and they knew when to encourage us to press on & hold back when needed. I definitely plan to climb more mountains in the NW and continue my training through Kaf Adventures. Absolutely recommend them to anyone who\'s excited to learn how to handle themselves up high