Top three reasons to go climbing Mt. Baker
Mt. Baker is the second most glaciated mountain in the lower 48
Accessible to beginners and seasoned climbers alike
With 12 glaciers and breathtaking views, it’s a paradise for any alpine climber
At 10,781ft above sea level and 12 active glaciers, Mt. Baker is often considered the best glacier training venue in the US. This Cascadian volcano boasts breathtaking views and challenging but extremely rewarding mountaineering terrain — a paradise for any alpine climber! The highest peak of Washington State’s North Cascade is filled has three classic routes that lead to the top, and Easton Glacier is considered the easiest way up.It is the best route for first time climbers as it offers a direct and relatively moderate route up the south side of the mountain with the fewest technical difficulties. Enjoy the magnificent panoramas filled with icefalls, seracs, and large crevasses that will leave you breathless, and learn everything about alpine climbing from well-experienced and friendly guides!
May through September
Bellingham, WA is just over an hour away
Beginner to intermediate
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All-Women Alpine Climbing Via the Easton Glacier Route
Spend three days with professional mountain guides and a group of like-minded ladies and learn the fundamentals of alpine climbing! This instructional course will teach you the basics of glacier mountaineering, proper ice axe use, and self-arrest skills. Learn how to navigate glaciated terrain and how to use basic rope techniques while summiting Mt. Baker. This training will give you hands-on experience and the confidence for future climbs and summits, while you become a part of a strong community and make life-long friendships!
Meet your guides
Lead guide and the owner of AWExpeditionsLead guide and the owner of AWExpeditions
Lead guide and the owner of AWExpeditions
Things to know
Covid measures on Mount Baker
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures on Mount Baker, please refer to the Mount Baker or Washington State webpage.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- Experienced, local mountaineering guides with extensive knowledge of the area
- 3 days of climbing
- All technical climbing gear
- Camping equipment
- 2 nights of hotel accommodation pre- and post-climb
- All logistics
- Breakfast and dinners on the mountain
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Seattle
- Lunch on the mountain
- Personal mountaineering gear – rentals are available at an extra cost
- Travel insurance
How fit do I need to be?
This climb is best suited for those who have previous experience with endurance endeavors and backpacking, but it is suitable for first-time trekkers and mountaineers as well. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. All you’ll be needing is determination and the will to get to the summit. The real challenge will be the altitude and the rate of ascent. To ensure you have a good time, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
No prior mountaineering experience is required, but it is always welcome. Participants must be in good physical condition. Previous hiking experience is required and previous backpacking experience is helpful. Above all, your instructor’s number one priority is your safety. As long as you listen to the given instructions, you’ll succeed in completing your climb.
What about required equipment?
All climbing and camping equipment will be provided by your guiding service. Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Backpack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Top Base Layer
- Bottom Base Layer
- 1-2 Short Sleeve
- Insulated Trekking Pants
- Long Sleeve Hiking Shirt
- Hiking Trousers
- Insulated Winter Jacket
- Polartec Fleece Jacket
- Hard Shell Jacket
- Warm beanie
- Lightweight gloves
- Neck gaiter
- Mountaineering boots that work with crampons
- Training shoes for camp
- Four-season sleeping bag
- Sleeping mat and liner
- Compression sack for sleeping bag
- Crampons — can be rented
- Ice axe — can be rented
- Water bottle
- Food you can eat on-the-go (energy bars, electrolytes, sports drinks)
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- 100% UV Sunglasses
- Extra batteries
- Camera — optional
You will need clothes for hiking during the day, resting in the evening, and for sleeping. Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying, which means no cotton.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The group size for this adventure is 8 women with a 2:1 guest to guide ratio.
- Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
Climbing days in Kilimanjaro can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Deposits and cancellation policy
Registration for an adventure with your guide requires a $500 USD deposit. The balance of program fees will generally be due 120 days prior to the starting date of the program. It is your responsibility to adhere to the fee payment schedule. Late payment will result in cancellation of program reservations and forfeiture of all fees paid.
The $500 deposit is non-refundable. All other program fee payments are refundable upon request unless the expedition has already incurred costs on behalf of the applicant.
In some cases, if you are required to forfeit your spot, you may find an acceptable replacement in which case your deposit and fees would transfer to your replacement without penalty.
Participants agree that beginning on the first date of the program itinerary, there will be no refunds of program fees for any reason whatsoever.
Though unlikely, an expedition may be canceled for any reason prior to departure. In that event, the deposit and expedition fees pay by the participants will be refunded. In circumstances where the expedition has already made payments to foreign agencies (climbing permits / logistics support) for a program, some portion of program fees may not be fully refundable.
In the event of cancellation of a program and upon refund to participants of all program fee payments, the expedition organizer shall be released from any further liability to participants, including but not limited to liability for additional costs participants may have incurred.
Expedition participants acknowledge that during the program, certain events may occur which may necessitate certain additional costs not contemplated at this time, including but not limited to the cost of evacuation during any part of the program, medical treatment, body recovery and/or repatriation, and other related matters. Participants agree that those additional costs are not responsibility of the expedition organizer and that the participant is responsible for payment of those costs.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Mount Baker, most people fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is 2.5 hours away. From there you can rent a car or take a scenic bus or train ride to Bellingham. From Bellingham you can take a bus to the Mount Baker ski area.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location.