Approaching crater on mt baker summit climb easton glacier route

Mt Baker Easton Glacier – Intro to Mountaineering


The Easton Glacier on Mt Baker in Washington’s North Cascades Range is the perfect Intro to Mountaineering climb. At 10,781 feet, Mt Baker is the 2nd-most snowy and icy of western North America’s iconic volcano summits. 

Join a 30-year-veteran guide and Chicks Climbing and Skiing Co-Owner, Kitty Calhoun and up-and-coming Chicks guide, Lani Chapko, on this unique opportunity to learn mountaineering skills in an all women’s group from the most experienced female guides.

Learn about glacial navigation and climbing in a roped team on the Easton Glacier

The infamous Roman Wall section of the Easton Glacier is the perfect intro to steep snow climbing to test your ability. And, the Easton Glacier route provides the best opportunity to peer into the frozen crater along the way to and from the summit.


Mount Baker climbing course 2019 participants“We had a GREAT team of ladies and it was so fun to see all the individual experience-levels come together to support one another. Also, I cannot stress enough, I wish more people paid for courses like this to get the proper experience needed to be safe on our beautiful mountains. Peer-to-peer is a great way to learn but for me it’s just not adequate especially in comparison to a course like this one.”

–Courtney M, Mt Baker Climbing 2019



Mt Baker Travel Info and Logistics

Mountaineering Equipment and Clothing List

Easton Glacier – Intro to Mountaineering Course


$1,199.00 (New in 2020: Pay in full or 2 partial payments to save your spot)

self arrest for easton glacier mt baker INCLUDES:

  • 4 days & 4 nights guided climbing/instruction
  • 3:1 participants to Guides
  • Meals (Breakfast and Dinners)
  • Sponsor Demo Gear
  • Sponsor gift bag


  • Ground and air transportation
  • Trip insurance**
  • Lunch and snacks Lunch and Snack Guide
  • Guide gratuity

The biggest thing I got out of this course was confidence. Glacier terrain and snow travel are the most unfamiliar forms of climbing to me, and I was so excited to learn more about the nuances of the terrain. One of my biggest learning moments was realizing that I had the skills to do a lot of the things we learned. When I realized I was more capable than I gave myself credit for, it made me realize that this terrain did not have to seem so unfamiliar. I loved learning about self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and terrain assessment on the glacier. I also built camaraderie on this trip with the other women who attended.
–Madison K, Mt Baker Climbing 2019

“I enjoyed that the guides have different experiences and teaching styles. They worked awesome together and I learned so much from both of them. The first night in the campground where we ate dinner and talked about what to expect really helped to set my mind at ease. The skills days were great, and I got a lot out of both of them. It was so cool to see how those skills transferred to summit day and everything fell into place.”
–Hillarie L, Mt Baker Climbing 2019


The itinerary might change a bit depending on weather and conditions. For example, we may utilize a high camp before our summit bid. The guides will go over the schedule in detail at our opening meeting on Day 1.

Day 1:

3:00 pm   Meet and greet. Appetizers at Douglas Fir Campground, just outside Glacier, WA. 

3:30 pm  Welcome meeting, trip briefing, gear check, check out demo equipment. (When you sign up for this course, you will be further contacted about what specific climbing equipment you might need.)

6:00 pm   Campground Dinner prepared by Chicks.

7:00 pm   Pack gear and sleep in tents for the night

Day 2: 

7:00 am  Campground Breakfast prepared by Chicks

8:30 am  Depart for the Heliotrope Ridge/Mt. Baker Trailhead.

9:00 am  Head up into the mountains and camp on dry ground at 6,000′ near the Hogsback Ridge and ideal terrain for glacier-skills practice. 

IMPORTANT – In order to climb Mt Baker, you must be able to carry a 35-pound pack (loaded with your own gear and food) for hours. The hike into basecamp is only 3 miles but with an elevation gain of 3000 feet, it usually takes between 5-6 hours. 80% of the hike is at a steady incline. And, then, the last 20% has steeper switchbacks. 

3:00 pm Skills Training:

  • Leave No Trace
  • How to camp in the Alpine
  • Personal Care
  • Glaciology
  • Navigation

5:30 pm  Dinner prepared by guides

Day 3: 

7:00 am Breakfast prepared by the guides

8:30 am Depart camp for Snow Skills training including:

  • Climbing on snow
  • Crampon technique
  • Using a mountain axe
  • Self-arrest
  • Knots
  • Ropes and hardware
  • Belaying
  • Snow anchors
  • Descending on snow

4:30 pm   Return to camp

5:30 pm  Dinner prepared by the guides

Day 4: 

7:00 am Breakfast prepared by the guides

8:30 am Depart camp for Glacier School and Skills training

  • Rope team travel
  • Glacier travel
  • Glacier tour
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Low angle ice technique

4:00 pm  Move up and set up High Camp

5:30 pm  Dinner prepared by the guides at High Camp

Day 5: 

1:00 am  Wake Up Call / Breakfast

2:00 am  Alpine Start!  Depart camp for a summit bid.

8:00 am  Estimated summit time if conditions allow

11:30 am  Return to camp and pack up the gear, rest, hike down

4:30 pm  Return to the trailhead

IMPORTANT – Summit Day is in tune with 15 hours of exertion in a single push.

5:00 pm We end our program in the town of Glacier with a well-deserved dinner and closing meeting.

Chicks Climbing and Skiing PAYMENT REFUND policy:

We require a registration deposit at time of booking. The deposit will hold your spot, with the remaining balance due 60 days prior to start date. You are also welcome to pay in full!

Please submit all refund requests in writing. 

We issue full refunds, transfer to another course or credit towards a future course according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days prior to start date – full refund minus 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days prior to start date – 50% refund minus 10% administration fee
  • Less than 30 days prior to the start date – no refund!

Travel insurance is required for all international trips. We also strongly recommended travel insurance for US programs. Contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870. Erin is a travel agent familiar with Chicks programs and travel insurance needs.