Mt. Baker, 3 Day Ascent
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Location

Sedro-Woolley, Washington

Group Size

3 people per guide

Duration

3 days

Difficulty

Intermediate, Hard

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.

Squak Glacier - Begins at the same parking area at the Easton Glacier, however it takes a more direct route to the summit. Although this is shorter in milage than the easton, it has the same elevation gain. This steeper version of the south side trade route, asends a ridge line that begins in the trees and emerges at the toe of the glacier and Crag Camp where you will spend the night and get some training in on the nearby glacier. On your summit bid, you will pass udnder Sherman Peak and pass through the interface of the Squak and Easton Glacier. Once on the Easton you will ascend the Roman wall on your way to the summit. 

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.