Join MAA members to climb the classic Mt. Baker via inspiring North Ridge route. Mt. Baker is the iciest and most northernly of all the North Cascades volcanoes, containing many glaciers and fine routes. The North Ridge is one of the best, approaching over a large glacier and ascending directly up an icy prow on the imposing north face. Recommended for members are proficient with glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and multi-pitch ice climbing. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 6. Hope to have you out with us!
SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience. Those registered will be notified. Thank you!
- What's happening: Mt. Baker 10,778', North Ridge route, Grade III, glacier travel, AI2 up to 70 degrees. Participants should be proficient with roped glacier travel and crevasse rescue, steep multi-pitch snow / alpine ice climbing at altitude, and self-arrest.
- Where to meet: at the Hogsback basecamp 5,900.
- Event Leader: Darren Shutt, email@example.com 916-872-3399
- Minimum / Maximum: 3/6
- What to bring: Harness, helmet, mountain boots, steel crampons fit to your boots, a pair of ice tools, belay device, prusik, 2 locking carabiners, PAS, 48" runner, 2 non-locking carabiners, 30 - 45 liter climbing pack, warm, stormproof layers for upper and lower body, gaiters, food, waterbottles, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking pole(s). Ropes, protection, tents, stoves and other group gear will be determined beforehand, likely supplied by MAA.
- Group Costs: $75 per participant. This pays for mileage to get gear and EL to Washington. Registration is confirmed upon payment.
- Refund policy: Full refunds outside of 90 days, 50% refund between 30 and 90 days, no refund possible closer than 30 days.
- Travel and gear coordination: Group spreadsheet will be shared with confirmed participants.
- Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
Prior: TBD conference call to coordinate training opportunities and logistics.
- DAY 1: Monday, July 10th - Get blue bags at ranger station. Drive to road closure, hike trail to Hog Back and set up basecamp. Review glacier travel, rescue, and multi-pitch ice climbing ropework.
- DAY 2: Tuesday, July 11th - With an early start, traverse the glacier, ascend the lower slopes then climb the North Ridge route to the summit. Return via the CD route back to basecamp, then descend all the way back to the trailhead.
- DAY 3: Wednesday, July 12th - Contingency / weather day.
- In order to register you must be an Apex or Base member.
- Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
- This event has shared group costs, but MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
- Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
- The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
- MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.