MT. BAKER - NORTH CASCADES, WA
Mt. Baker, at 10,781ft., is the highest point in the North Cascades and majestically sits above the San Juan Islands and the Puget Sound in Washington State - a dramatic convergence of ocean, forest, and glacial mountains.
With more than twelve active glaciers, Mt. Baker is the perfect introductory mountain experience. Over the course of three days you will learn the craft of mountain climbing, camping and living on the glacier, and a summit climb via a series of glaciers.
Unplug from the demands of your everyday, delve into significant challenge, and reset and recalibrate yourself.
We cover the logistics and details in full. This isn't an amusement park ride - this is real, this is adventure, this demands your engagement.
THE EXPEDITION DETAILS
Glacier Summit Climb.
10, 781 Ft
- June 5 -7
- June 10 – 12
- One US-Based AMGA certified guide
- Meals on the mountain
- Private lodging in Bellingham, WA prior to expedition start
- Group equipment (including tents, ropes, technical and camping equipment)
- Wilderness Permits
- Three Pre-Expedition ‘Mindfulness and Ascent’ Coaching Sessions
- Travel to Bellingham, WA
- Personal lunch and snacks on mountain
- Global Rescue and Travel Insurance
- Personal gear – see gear list
- Climbing Skill Level – open to all physically fit individuals, no previous climbing necessary.
- All group and technical gear included. You will be responsible for personal clothing and footwear.
BASECAMP • 72 FT
Meet in Bellingham, WA the evening of July 20 for equipment check, family-style catered dinner, and evening relaxing together at a private home in the forest.
HIKE TO HIGH CAMP • 6,200 FT
Travel together from the forest lodge to the trailhead and begin our ascent through shaded forest as we gain elevation into the alpine. We climb the final rocky slopes to the base of the Coleman Glacier. From here we ascend the final glaciated slopes to our high camp for the next two nights. This day is an opportunity to begin working together as a team as we find the rhythm of mountain living – our first day out together will include travel in the forest, steep glacier moraine slopes, and a final ascent on glacier to our camp. High Camp is situated on the glacier and involves snow camping skills: creating a high mountain camp, melting snow for water, and a group kitchen scene. The sun sets late at this camp and we are greeted by outstanding views of the North Cascades, the Canadian Coastal Range, and the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound.
TRAINING AND PREPARATION • BLACK BUTTE
CAMP 6,200 FT
Our day begins and ends at the Black Butte Camp – a slow morning with coffee and proper breakfast followed by a day of mountain skills training, glacier travel, self-rescue skills, and personal embodiment practices. Today is a day of recovery, skill development, team building and personal reflection. Our day lends early as we continue to rest for our summit climb and an early morning (or is it night?) departure the following day.
SUMMIT ASCENT AND DESCENT • 10,800 FT
We wake early to a sea of stars and quick alpine-start breakfast – then off for our summit bid. Crossing the expansive Coleman Glacier we weave through crevasses as we climb on to the Deming Glacier and finish our ascent on the steep Roman Headwall. A long summit plateau ends at the true summit of Mt. Baker with expansive 360-degree views of the North Cascades. We return to high camp by reversing our ascent, pack our camp following a hot lunch, and return back to the humid and lush forest below. Wrapping the expedition with a celebration dinner near the base of the mountain. Then on to clean clothes and hot showers! Why the small size? We appreciate the nimble and flexible nature of a small team, it’s more fun, and we can better support your success on summit day.
THE MWA APPROACH
A full service mountain guiding experience coupled with transformational experience. Expeditions and Retreats cultivate men to take stock of their lives through significant challenge, resilience and self-awareness, silence, reflection, and the Mindful Ascent Method.
Participants push themselves beyond their perceived limitations and gain clarity on the major life changes they need to make in order to become leaders with unyielding integrity.
We cover the logistics and details in full. You show up with intention, drive, and a willingness to engage fully.
BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE
Are you ready to unplug from the noise of the world, your professional demands,
the burdens of your everyday, and focus on what really matters to your?
We are going. You should be with us.
This expedition is made possible through the relationship between MWA and North Cascades Mountain Guides operating under Special Use Permits with the Okanogan-Wenatchee, and Mt Baker – Snoqualmie National Forests, and is an equal opportunity outdoor recreation service provider.