Mt. Baker is an awesome arena for snow and ice! In fact, one of the US snowfall records was recorded at Mt Baker Ski area in the winter of 1998-99. The grand total was 1,140″ of snow. That is 95′! The good news is all of that snowfall keeps the glaciers healthy and happy, and that translates into great ice climbing and snow climbing!
On day 1 of this program, we’ll hike into Mirkwood camp at 4800′. After setting up camp, we’ll head down to the glacier and go ice climbing. The lower Coleman Glacier has fantastic opportunities for ice climbing, crampon work and roping systems. On day 2, we’ll consider moving camp to the Hogsback at 6000′. This will allow us to cover some essential components of glacier travel and crevasse rescue. Day 3 will be our first optional summit day for a route of the group’s choice. We can also explore the possibility of doing more crevasse rescue skills or ice climbing on this day. Day 4 is our second option for a summit day, or if we climbed the previous day, we can do some skills work and then hike out.
This seminar is ideally suited to those folks who want to pack in quite a bit of skill training for glaciated peaks in the northwest.