Mt. Baker, 3 Day Ascent
3 people per guide
The three day itinerary for a Mt. Baker ascent is best for those who want a little more time on the mountain for learning, climbing, rest, and experence. In addition to a summit bid, this itinerary allows for a glacier skills clinic. This clinic may cover skills like: snow anchors, ice anchors, hauling systems, rope travel and glacier navigation.
Day before departure: Meet at 3pm for pre-trip meeting.
Day 1: Hike to Base Camp & Glacier Skills
Day 2: Summit Bid and back to Base Camp
Day 3: Descend to Cars
The thee day trip could take place on one of the following route:
Easton Glacier – defined by gentle rising slopes and large expansive glaciers the Easton Glacier is one of the most moderate of all glacier routes in the range, making it an excellent choice for those new to glacier travel. All these factors that make it so appealing, also provide the climber with significant challenges. The climber will see and navigate their way around large crevasse features as large as Mt. Rainer or any other big mountain. This route also takes the climber by the Sherman Creator, a large steam vent.
Coleman Deming – is probably the most popular route on the mountain due to its moderate level of challenge. Climbers start up the gentle slopes of the Coleman Glacier as they make their way to the col that divides the Coleman from the Deming.
Both routes converge to face the “Roman Wall”, the most significant challenge of the climb. From the altitude of approximately 9,000 feet to the summit at 10,700 feet, climbers engage with a steep glacier climb.
Ropes, Harnesses, helmets, Ice Axes, Crampons, Glacier Kits
Tents, Stoves, Fuel
What's Not Provided
Guide Gratuity, Transportation, Food, Clothing, Sleeping Bags and Sleeping Pads
Mooney Mountain Guides LLC
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Where you'll meet
What to bring
Mooney Mountain Guides Summer Mountaineering Equipment List
To ensure an awesome experience with your MMG guide, it is important to arrive well prepared for our day in the mountains. The equipment list provided here might be a useful tool in preparing for our day. Remember luck favors the prepared. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or email.
- Weather appropriate clothing (see bottom of the list for a full checklist)
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- Snacks, a sandwich, leftover pizza, snickers, gels, cheese, salami, cookies
- Liquids to drink in a thermos/vacuum flask or insulated Nalgene Bottle. 2 liters minimum.
- Back Pack 30-40 for day trips 45 – 70 Liters for overnights (MMG can Provide)
- Gaiters if you prefer
Base Layer (Top & Bottom): There’s no way around it. You will sweat. Wear fabrics that wick moisture away from your skin. Unlike cotton that gets wet and stays wet, wicking fabrics help you regulate your core temperature and avoid overheating or chilling. A mid weight top with a light fleece layer are ideal. Mid weight bottoms with light fleece pants or R1 pants seem to work well for most people.
Over-Base Layer: Mid-layers add mild insulation to help retain heat that your body creates, and are worn between the base layer and insulation if needed. Examples of over base layers are Patagonia #3 or any lightweight wool shirt. Top and Bottom. Light-weight fleece or heavy-weight EMS® Techwick®. Power-Stretch and micro-fleece are ideal materials for this layer. No heavy, 300 weight fleece trousers—you will be over-dressed. I prefer a short or long sleeve tech tee with a Patagonia R1 hoodie or Outdoor Reasearch Rydiant Hybrid pullover. I generally wear Patagonia Alpine or Simple Guide Pants over my bottom base layers.
Insulation Layer (Top Only): Mid-layers add insulation to help retain heat that your body creates, and are worn between the base layer and outer jacket. Examples of insulating mid-layers include a fleece vest, a down sweater, or a synthetic jacket made of Prima Loft®. Jacket only. 200 to 300 weight fleece, heavy weight soft shells or light weight Prima-Loft sweater.
Un-insulated Waterproof & Breathable Shell (Top & Bottom): Forget about bulky coats. Wear an outer shell (over your base and insulation layer) to shed water and snow. Layering will give you more versatility, depending on the weather and your activity. Outerwear that is waterproof with increased breathability will be more adaptable and can help transfer moisture away from your body to keep you dry and protected from the elements. Jackets and pants. Event, Gortex®, or similar waterproof/breathable material. Jacket MUST have an integrated hood. Flimsy “stow-away” nylon hoods are not adequate. Full side zip on pants are essential.
Belay jacket: ‘Over-it-All’ Hooded Down or Prima-Loft Jacket: This crucial layer is often added when you stop for a break or in camp. It helps to maintain your body temperature while you are resting and is essential for keeping you warm on those cold descents and during inconvenient breaks above treeline in high winds. This layer is generally worn over your outermost layers. Bring this regardless of the weather- it’s good emergency equipment. Examples include Patagonia’s DAS Parka/Hyperpuff, micro puff, ArcTeryx ATOM SV, Hardwear’s Compressor, Wild Things Belay Parka, and more.
Gloves or Mittens and Glove Liners: We recommend having 3 pair of gloves/mittens with you. Glove liners are very useful for the more aerobic approach to your climb. Gloves with a windproof/waterproof shell are a must for higher elevations and more technical climbing. Mittens with a windproof/waterproof shell are essential for those colder temperatures at higher elevations.
Fleece/Wool Hat: You’ve probably heard that most of your body heat escapes from your head. When you’re feeling cold the first piece to add to your clothing system is a hat. This hat should cover your ears and can be made of fleece or wool. Remember to fit the hat so you can wear it under a helmet. Pomp-pom hats will not fit under a helmet. A plain hat works best.
Good Wool Socks: How many times have your feet been way too cold? Wool or wool blend socks are great natural insulators, even when wet. For most cold-weather sports, wear wicking liner socks and mid or heavy weight wool or synthetic socks. Make sure you fit footwear with heavier socks for more warmth. No matter how thick your socks are, if your footwear constricts your toes, your blood flow will slow down and cause your feet to be cold–fit your shoes accordingly.
*Backpack: 30-40 Liters for day trips & 45-65 liters is recommended for overnights, max 40lb load): A properly fitted pack will make your day 100 times better! It is essential to have a pack which has a hip belt to help support the bulk of the weight. Use a pack large enough to stow all of your gear on the inside without having to strap any of your personal gear on the outside where it is exposed to the elements. Also, make sure your pack has ice axe loops you can use to carry your ice axes when you are not using them and side compression straps to cinch the load close to you. Tip: Pack your pack with your gear before you arrive and make sure you still have enough room to stow everything except base layers and boots (especially for the initial hike in). This will save an enormous amount of time in the morning!
Mountaineering Boots: Examples La Sportiva Nepal Evo/Cube. Scarpa Mt. Blanc.
Sun Protection: Sun Hat, Buff, Hooded Sun Shirt, Sun Glasses, Glacier Glasses, Sun Screen, Lip Balm
Lunch: Fuel your body. In the mountains, lunch starts when breakfast ends and ends when dinner starts. In other words, we eat all day. A typical climber or skier will consume about 3,500 calories during the course of a day. Pack foods that don’t freeze hard, cover all the food groups and are easy to eat. Pre-make peanut butter sandwiches, or bring last night’s pizza, and those oh-so delicious candy bars. Carry your bars inside your jacket to keep them warm and gooey.
Liquids: Wide-mouth water bottles are recommended for winter. 2 liters is a minimum to keep us hydrated during the day. Please, do not use hydration systems, metal water bottles, or thin plastic, Poland Springs, narrow-mouthed bottles. All of these systems have many disadvantages. A water bottle zippered insulator is a good idea for one of your bottles. I usually put one of my 2 bottles in the sleeve of my belay jacket inside my pack.
Sleeping Bag: Summer weight, 20-30 degree is typically comfortable.
Sleeping Pad: Closed Cell Foam is less expensive, Air Core pads are a bit more comfortable (but really stink if they pop)
Mug, Bowl, Spoon: For eating?
Small Camp Towel: It’s nice to wash the sunscreen off sometimes.
Light-weight thermos: in place of one water bottle
Battery Back Up Cell:
Cancellations made more than 7 (30 for profeconal courses & destinations) days prior to your scheduled trip can be rescheduled or refunded minus a 5% booking fee. Cancellations made within 7 (30 for profecional courses & destinations) days of your scheduled trip can be rescheduled or you may choose to receive a 50% refund of the full days fee. Cancellations within 24 hours (7 days for profecional courses & destinations) of your scheduled trip will not be refunded. Weather related cancellations will be handled on a case by case basis; however, we are more than happy to reschedule if the forecast is looking grim.
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What you can expect from us:
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Cancelation: Mooney Mountain Guides, its guides, and employees reserve the right to cancel or postpone any guided day, trip, or course due to concerns over Infectious Communicable Transmissible Diseases or any undue risk perceived to be caused by a lack of participation in this Code of Responsibility. Guests, or anyone participating in a guided day, trip or course has the right to cancel or postpone due to concerns over Infectious Communicable Transmissible Diseases or any undue risk perceived to be caused by a lack of participation in this Code of Responsibility. Education: MMG Guides will abide by all Federal, State, National Forest and Health Authorities guidance, rules and recommendations. MMG will stay up to date on Federal, State and Health Authority recommendations and amend the policies and procedures as appropriate. We ask you to do the same. MMG will train the Guides in understanding symptoms, routes of transmission and appropriate hygiene and sanitation issues regarding infectious diseases such as COVID-19. We ask that you familiarize yourself with all information regarding COVID-19 from the CDC.
Travel: MMG Guides will travel to the venue alone and follow state rules regarding travel. We ask you to travel to venues alone or only with members of the same household. We also ask you to abide by state rules regarding travel.
Health Screening: MMG Guides will complete a Health Screening questionnaire and take their temperature regularly including on the morning of your trip. If a guide is symptomatic or has a known exposure to infectious disease, that guide will cancel the trip and attempt to reschedule. We ask you to complete a Health Screening questionnaire several times leading up to and including on the day of the trip. We also expect you to take your temperature on the morning of the trip. If you have any symptoms or suspected exposure to COVID-19 or other infectious disease, we will reschedule your trip. If that is not possible, we will issue a refund.
Personal Hygiene: MMG Guides will bring and utilize hand washing/hand sanitizer to use regularly throughout the day and especially around handling equipment. We ask you to bring hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly throughout the day.
Social Distancing: MMG Guides will practice, promote and require 6’ of physical distancing between all people and with other groups. If this is not possible due to crowds, the Guide will attempt to find another location nearby where physical distancing can be maintained. We expect you to practice physical distancing of 6’ with all other people present, unless from the same household.
Face Covering/Masks: MMG Guides will use a face covering when in circumstances where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as at anchor stances on multi-pitch climbs. We ask you to provide and use a face covering whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Nutrition & Hydration: MMG Guides will bring their own food and water and will not share with guests, except in the case of emergency. We ask that you bring all your own food and water for the day and not share with others.
First Aid: We will provide first aid to the level of training that we are certified (Wilderness First Responder or higher) and in adherence to the evolving recommendations from health authorities regarding patient interactions in our current COVID-19 environment. If a Guide becomes ill during the day, the guide will terminate the trip and send all guests home. We ask you to notify us immediately if you become ill during the day. We will ask you to leave or evacuate as necessary.
Equipment/gear: MMG Guides will use gear that has either been disinfected or quarantined per manufacturer guidelines. We ask that you provide your own climbing harness, helmet and shoes if possible. If not, MMG will provide disinfected/quarantined gear for you to use.
Post Trip Communication: If your guide becomes ill during the 14 days after your trip MMG will notify you of a potential exposure. MMG will also notify health authorities as needed for contact tracing. We ask you to notify MMG if you become ill within 14 days of your trip so that we may notify other guests of a possible exposure. We will not give your name to other guests.