The ideal introduction to mountaineering
3 days, 2 nights
There are dozens of outfitters and guides that will support you to the summit, but this isn’t that. Matt Walker doesn’t just focus on reaching the summit. He melds guided climb expertise with personal development and coaching that offers an opportunity to unplug, recharge, and reset: along the way you will shift your perspective, reflect and commit to what matters most, and sharpen skills that will propel you upon your return.
The archetypical glaciated volcano, Mt. Baker, 10,781 feet, provides an ideal climbing experience for both the novice and developed mountaineer. With sweeping views of the central Cascades and the San Juan Islands / Puget Sound, Mt. Baker offers the perfect introduction to mountaineering in the US.
This expedition isn’t a vacation. It is a catalyst for real breakthroughs, designed for those that need to unplug, reset, get inspired, and shift their mindset. This is a high-intensity, limit-crushing expedition that pairs traditional guided climb expertise with personal development and coaching.
Pre-Dawn Summit Climb
Summit and Descent Climb
Camp to Trailhead Hike
Training - Snow Travel, Self-Arrest, Roped Climbing, and Crevasse Rescue Skills
With both 1:1 access to Matt and the power of group coaching and feedback, you will meet your growth edges both physically and mentally with every kind of support. Through the use of breathwork, dialogues, journaling, and group conversations you will leave the mountain forever and fundamentally changed for the better.
After leading 26 years of expeditions, I’ve witnessed far too many men experience life-changing experiences from outdoor adventures, only to see them revert to old patterns. Don’t lose the traction you have worked so hard to gain. Instead of purely accepting what is, I’m here to show you how to build resilience, release whatever’s draining you, and actually live the life you want to live.
There are dozens of outfitters and guides that will support you to the summit, but this isn’t just that. Matt Walker doesn’t just focus on reaching the peak. He melds guided climb expertise with personal development and coaching that challenges you to dismantle your blocks and unlock a new stage on your transformative journey.
This trip is the perfect introduction to mountaineering. You don’t need to have any previous experience, though any experience with backpacking, camping, or climbing will help - the more comfortable and relaxed you are in the environment, the more enjoyable it will be.
You will need to be in shape to hike 5-7 hours gently uphill on our first day of travel with a 40 lb. pack, the second day is a skills day, and the third day is our summit climb, which demands a full day of hiking but not with a full pack.
Matt will work with you, and your trainer is appropriate, to make sure your training and fitness sets you up for success.
Yes. And yes! Climbers join MWA programs each for their own unique reasons: a personal challenge, a desire to take a retreat and dive deep, connect and share an experience with a significant other, sibling, parent/child, or close friend. Join by yourself, with another, all are welcome.