Mount Baker Scholarship 2019

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Mount Baker Scholarship: Heuberger Motors joins Chicks Climbing and Skiing AGAIN for another great scholarship opportunity.

Words from Past Scholarship Recipients

Chicks is an extraordinary group of women. Not just the amazing guides and leaders, but everyone that participates in a Chicks clinic has wisdom to impart, strengths to share and courage to elevate themselves and those around them. I recently had the opportunity to participate in the life changing experience of a Chicks with Picks ice climbing clinic through a generous scholarship from the Subaru Adventure Team.

Click on Trip Report: Subaru Adventure Team Women’s Ice Climbing Clinic Contest to find out more.

Last year I was the lucky winner of one of Subaru Adventure Team’s big prizes: a trip to City of Rock in Idaho to attend a climbing clinic put on by Chicks Rock.

In the spring, a friend of mine told me about the essay contest SAT was having. He thought it would be right up my alley, and it was!

I have been an aspiring mountaineer for many years and the one piece I was working hard at (but struggling with in Minnesota!) was rock climbing.

I wrote my essay and submitted my photos. For days after, I talked about how amazing it would be to have this opportunity. And as more days went by, it sort of fell off my radar. Like contests do.

Much to my surprise, months later, I received an email that I had in fact won. And that I had two weeks to figure everything out for travel, because Idaho was calling! And there was no way I would miss out on such a rare and rad event.

In order to get to Idaho from Minnesota, I had to drive by so many beautiful parts of the country.

So naturally this turned into a glorious road trip of National Parks and National Forests. Dirtbagging steadily out west. Surviving on quick oats, tuna packets and instant coffee. It was bliss. Every day that I woke up, I was somewhere new and glorious. And so aware that none of this would have been possible without winning the climbing scholarship.

Read more at Real Chick: Dede Rosenburg, Subaru Scholarship Winner 2016

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Chamonix summit

Chamonix, France: July 14-18, 2019

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From any vantage point in the Chamonix Valley, you’re looking at history.

Chamonix—the ultimate mountain town in the heart of the Alps—is the birthplace of alpine climbing. The first ascent of Mont Blanc took place over 250 years ago (and the first woman to climb it did so in 1808), and today, you can experience the same magic those early alpinists did.

Chamonix isn’t just an incredible place. It’s also a cultural experience. Imagine topping off your big day of climbing with delicious French wines and cheeses and splendid views of the Alps, all shared with new friends who share your love of mountains.

Develop your skills with the best.

Join us for five unforgettable days developing your mountaineering skills in this iconic location. You’ll be surrounded by towering peaks as you learn all the essentials of alpinism: glacier navigation and travel, routefinding, anchor and belay-station management, multipitch transitions, and decision-making in the alpine—from an internationally certified (IFMGA) mountain guide.

Stand on a summit.

This course culminates on a high-altitude mountain route, where you’ll get to apply all the skills you’ve just learned in real time. You’ll finish your course atop a summit with France on one side and Italy on the other—and with the important skills and the confidence you’ll need for a lifetime of alpine climbing.

Gain confidence and become part of the Chicks community.

Here’s what you’ll get when you sign up for our Chamonix program:

  • Five days of instruction and learning from an IFMGA-certified guide
  • An awesome 2:1 climber-to-guide ratio to maximize learning
  • Five nights of lodging in Chamonix (includes breakfast each morning)
  • One night in a high-alpine hut—a quintessential Alps climbing experience (includes dinner and breakfast)
  • Four days of tram lift tickets—easy access to the mountains is one of the most unique aspects of an Alps climbing experience
  • A Chicks welcome bag, which includes goodies like a Chicks logo chalk bag and Patagonia tote bag
  • Increased confidence in your skills
  • An introduction to the Chicks community and alumni network

Recommended prerequisites:

  • Basic rock climbing experience, including toprope climbing and belaying
  • Basic snow travel experience, including walking in crampons
  • Basic mountaineering experience, such as having climbed peaks like a Colorado Fourteener or past participation in our Mount Baker Program

Cost: $2,999

Ready for the trip of a lifetime? Spots are super limited to help us maintain a small ratio, so reserve your spot today!

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Cost doesn’t include:

  • Travel to and from Chamonix
  • Dinners and breakfasts in town
  • Lunches and other extras
  • Travel and rescue insurance**

PROPOSED ITINERARY*

*may be adjusted based on weather and conditions

Plan to arrive the night before the course begins. Your lodging is covered this night.

Day 1 | July 14

We’ll conduct our opening meeting at 9:00 a.m. After introductions and a gear check, we’ll head to Les Gaillands, an approachable in-town crag, to work on rope skills and multipitch transitions. This day will be rock-based, and we’ll climb lots of short pitches.

Day 2 | July 15

We’ll take local transit to La Flegere Tram. From there, we’ll get into the alpine rock of the Aiguilles Rogues area, where we’ll climb in mountaineering boots and work on alpine skills like traveling efficiently on rock ridges.

Day 3 | July 16

Our group will take the Aiguille du Midi tram to access the classic Vallee Blanche Glacier, where we’ll do our glacier school. We’ll climb the Cosmiques or Laurence Arete—a ridge climb we’ll do in mixed conditions with boots, crampons, and ice axes.

Day 4 | July 17

This day will start on the Aiguille du Midi tram, too. We’ll make a big glacier crossing into Italy, climbing the Aiguille d’Entreves along the way. Tonight, we’ll stay in the Torino Hut.

Day 5 | July 18

We’ll get an alpine start from the Torino Hut to do a classic alpine climb. Then, we’ll return to Chamonix via the Monte Bianco tramway and a taxi ride through the Mont Blanc tunnel. We’ll finish the trip with a celebration dinner in town.

View from Rifugio Torino

Lodging is covered on our last night, and you can plan to leave on your own schedule the following morning.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in the Alps this summer!


CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY:

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.

**Rescue 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.

view while climbing mount baker

Mount Baker Climbing Course | Climb Mount Baker

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

NOT INCLUDED:

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

PRICING:

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


PROPOSED ITINERARY

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

 


CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY:

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.