Mt. Baker, 5 Day Course


Bellingham, Washington

Group Size

3 people per guide


5 days



This comprehensive course will cover many of the essential aspects of mountaineering needed to climb entry level alpine climbs in the lower 48. Topics include: Basic Rock Craft (from anchor building to belaying),  Ice Climbing, Crevasse Rescue, and a summit bid of Mt. Baker. The 5 day itinerary allows for plenty of time to practice new skills and even makes room for the possibility of poor weather. This course is perfect for the climber who is looking to expand their skills beyond the rock crag and start learning the art or Alpinism.

Day before departure: Meet at 3pm for pre-trip meeting.

Day 1: Mt. Erie, Anacortes WA - Rock Craft (stay in your own lodging this night)

Day 2: Meet & Hike to Base Camp - Ice Climbing

Day 3: Crevasse Rescue

Day 4: Summit Bid and return to camp

Day 5: Hike out and Return to town. (This day also allow for extra time for a summit push in the event of poor weather) 

The rock portion of the trip will take place at Mt. Erie. Located on the beautiful Anacortes Island in the San Juan Rain Shadow, this is an excelent venue for practicing alpine rock craft in a controlled setting.

The  mountain portion of the will take place on one of the following route:

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.

From the col you will turn to 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.