The North Ridge is THE classic alpine ice climb on Mount Baker. Our climb will begin by hiking in along the Heliotrope Ridge trail. We will look to set up our camp somewhere between 6 and 7,000 feet on the mountain. Summit attempt day will start early ascending the North Ridge, climbing towards the steep ice cliff where we may encounter alpine ice up to 70 degrees steep!
After some more pitches of steep snow and ice we will reach the summit plateau leading us to the true peak. Our descent will take us down the Coleman – Deming, and eventually back to camp. Day three will entail breaking camp and hiking back out to the trail head.
The North Ridge of Mount Baker is definitely one of the more attainable advanced routes in the North Cascades. Climbers must be at a high level of physical fitness and have previous ice climbing experience.