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Mount Baker, WA | Mountaineering

On our Mount Baker Climbing Course you will continue to expand your alpine climbing knowledge and grow your journey in exploring the backcountry.


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Mount Baker Climbing Course is a Women’s-only Intro to Mountaineering

Get more education and experience with snow and glacier terrain.

On our Mount Baker Climbing Course you will become a more skilled and efficient mountaineer.

Mount Baker, WA is a magnificent glaciated icon of the American Northwest.

This 5-day climbing program offers a comprehensive mountaineering course and a summit climb.

We’ll camp in the wilderness, practice climbing on steep snow, and ice, learn proper glacier travel techniques, crevasse rescue, and route navigation.

At the end of the program, we’ll put all our skills together for a summit climb to the top of Mount Baker (10,781 feet), conditions permitting.

Gain experience in the world of glaciers, snow, and ice in the care of Chicks Guides.

Whether you’re seasoned in the mountains or new to alpine climbing and mountaineering, on our Mount Baker Climbing Course you will gain skills and experience as you learn from among the best female guides in the industry.

In small teams, we will work on your skills in steep snow. As you become more skilled and efficient, you will also come to understand risks and how to mitigate them.

By the end of the course you will be quicker and more dialled in with short roping and snow travel in general.

What better place to practice mountaineering skills than on the flanks of a massive glaciated peak in the heart of North America’s mountain climbing birthplace?


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Mount Baker Climbing Course starts at the gateway to the Mount Baker Wilderness:

Douglas Fir Campground, just outside Glacier, WA

At our opening meeting, we’ll go over all the details of our program, do an extensive gear check, and set you up with demo equipment to climb Mount Baker, if needed.

The next morning, we’ll head up into the mountains.  From the Mt. Baker trailhead, we’ll make our camp on dry ground near the Hogsback Ridge, close to ideal glacier training terrain. Here we can spend quality time on skills and practice in the coming days.

We will focus on both movement and technical skills. You’ll develop a well-rounded skill set as you prepare for the summit.

On summit day, we’ll ascend the Coleman Glacier. We’ll pass large crevasses and move beneath the beautiful Black Buttes to finally arrive at the Coleman Deming Saddle.  From there, the final push takes us up the Pumice Ridge and then the Roman Wall to the summit. From the summit, stunning views reward our efforts.  After summiting, we’ll descend to our camp, pack up our gear, and return to the valley.

We end our program in the town of Glacier with a well-deserved dinner and closing ceremony.

Exertion Level Required to Climb Mount Baker:

You must be able to carry a 35-pound pack with your gear and food.

The hike into basecamp is about 3 miles with an elevation gain of 3000 feet. This approach hike takes about 5-6 hours. 80% of the hike is at a steady incline. And, then, the last 20% has steeper switchbacks. Finally, basecamp at 6000 feet.

Here is an in-depth look at the proposed schedule. Mount Baker Climbing Itinerary. Take a careful look over it because the last day we go from the summit all the way back down to your car.
Summit Day is long –  in tune with 15 hours of exertion in a single push.


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Mount Baker Climbing Course INCLUDES:

  • 4 Days guided climbing/instruction
  • 3:1 Ratio participants to guides
  • 1 Night campground lodging in Glacier, WA
  • 3 Nights alpine camping in Mt. Baker / Snowqualmie National Forest
  • Meals (Breakfast and Dinners)
  • Demo gear
  • Sponsor gift bag


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


$1,199.00 – 4 days climbing and instruction; 1 night camping


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: Thursday, August 1

3:00 pm   Meet at Douglas Fir Campground outside of Glacier, WA – Meet and greet with appetizers

3:30 pm Welcome meeting, trip briefing, gear check, check out demo equipment

6:00 pm   Dinner prepared by Chicks at the campground

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


Day 2: Friday, August 2

7:00 am Breakfast prepared by Chicks at the campground

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

9:00 am Hike to camp

2:30 pm  Arrive and establish camp at approximately 6,000 ft.
Skills: Leave No Trace

  • How to camp in the Alpine
  • Personal Care
  • Glaciology
  • Navigation

5:30 pm  Dinner prepared by the guides


Day 3: Saturday, August 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: Sunday, August 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 to and set up High Camp

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


Day 5: Sunday, August 5

1:00 am Wake Up Call / Breakfast

2:00 am   Alpine Start!  Depart camp for the summit

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

5:00 pm Dinner and closing meeting in Glacier, WA



All requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing.  Chicks requires full payment at the time of booking for all programs, refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days, full refund minus a 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days, 50% refund
  • Less than 30 days, no refund no transfer of payments.

***Travel insurance is required for all International Trips and is strongly recommended for US programs as well. For all your travel insurance needs, please contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870.