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Mt Baker North Ridge – Level 2 Mountaineering Course | Chicks Climbing

July 23-27, 2020 (Registration opens soon. Please check back again and sign up for our mailing list for the latest information about our courses.)

Mt Baker’s North Ridge is an aesthetic line to the summit of Mt Baker at 10,781 ft.

A fantastic level-2 mountaineering climb, the North Ridge requires a solid combination of ice climbing skills, steep-snow climbing skills and glacier-navigation ability.

Depending on conditions, both the lower and upper parts of the route require careful crevasse navigation. Steep snow topped with 2 pitches of an AI3 headwall makes the North Ridge a classic.

It’s the perfect mountaineering route for those wanting to take their waterfall-ice-climbing into the mountains and get more experience navigating a complex glacier. 

Take your alpine climbing skills and mountaineering up a level with Chicks Co-Owner, the legendary Kitty Calhoun and Chicks guide and true-lover-of-type-2-fun, Lani Chapko on Mt Baker’s North Ridge.

As you become more skilled and efficient, you will also come to better understand risks and how to mitigate them.

Mt Baker North ridge climbing through crevicesGet quicker and more dialled in:

  • wilderness camping
  • steep snow climbing
  • ice climbing
  • proper glacier-travel techniques
  • crevasse rescue
  • route navigation.
  • short roping and snow travel in general

Mt Baker Travel Info and Logistics

What to Pack for a Mountaineering Trip

Mt Baker North Ridge – Level 2 Mountaineering Course


(Coming soon!)

Mt baker north ridge belaying on steep snowINCLUDES:

  • 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

Mt Baker North Ridge Proposed Itinerary

Day 1: July 23, 2020

4pm – Meet at group campsite, trip orientation, hand out demo gear

6pm – Dinner

Day 2: July 24, 2020

7am – Breakfast

8am – Depart for trailhead

9:00am – Hike to Murkwood Camp

1pm – Arrive and establish camp,

2pm –

  • Alpine ice climbing technique and anchors

6pm –

  • Dinner
  • Leave No Trace
  • Navigation
  • Planning and leading an alpine trip

Day 3: July 25, 2020

7am – Breakfast

8am –North Ridge of Mt Baker, steep snow climbing near the summit

  • Snow school and self arrest
  • Belaying/snow anchors
  • Climbing as a rope team
  • Crevasse rescue
  • 5pm – Return to camp

6pm – Dinner

Day 4: July 26, 2020

7am – Breakfast

8am – Review any necessary skills

2pm – Climb to high camp at 7000’

5:30pm –Dinner

Day 5: July 27, 2020

1am – Breakfast

2am – Depart for summit

12:30pm – pack camp and return to trail head

5pm – dinner, closing meeting in Glacier, depart