This five-day mountaineering course is designed to better prepare and educate climbers that are planning to join one of our more challenging trips like Mt Elbrus, Aconcagua, Lobuche Peak or private peak climbs we only offer to our past clients.
After completion of this trip, you will develop skills for venturing into the winter backcountry on your own, or be already prepared to join Crew Treks trips. This course is an intensive five day immersion in surviving, traveling and playing hard in one of the most beautiful mountains of the country-The Cascades
The course will take place on the slopes of Mt Baker in western Washington
Prerequisites: No previous climbing experience required, but some previous experience in hiking and backpacking is strongly recommended. Previous Snowshoeing experience is not necessary. Please be as fit as you can be, you will be expected to carry 50lbs backpack
Day 1-May 23 2019 Arrival in Seattle and transfer to the hotel
In the evening, we will do gear check and prepare for early morning departure.
(If you have gear to be rented from REI, we will do ONE afternoon trip to do so)
Day 2-May 24 2019 Early departure to the mountains and 3hr drive to the trailhead. Snowshoe to camp and establish base camp, we will then go over rope handling, ice axe techniques, snow anchors, cramponing and rope handling.
Day 3-May 25 2019 Hike to the top of Helitrope Ridge
Along the way, we will learn about snow assessment and potential for avalanches, practice travel on steep snow and how to move in rope team. Then, we will move on to crevassee rescue training. The rest of the day will be spend cooking and melting snow (all members will be involved)
Day 4-May 26 2019 Climb to the summit of Mt Baker. With alpine start, we will climb trough the Coleman/Deming Glaciers to the saddle between Mt Baker and Colfax Peak and then on to the summit. Along the way, we will learn about snow anchors, self aresting and basics of crevasse rescue. Back at the camp, we will go over fundamentals of nutrition, hydration and prevention of hypothermia and frostbites.
Say 5-May 27 2019 After breakfast, we will go over contents of medical kit and high altitude medications, thereafter we will pack up our camp and hike back to car.
Crew Treks strongly recommends that you enroll with Global Rescue prior to embarking on this trip. Please click on the link below for details and quotes.
The prices are reasonable and the signup process is simple.
We strongly encourage everyone to purchase travel insurance, which covers trip cancellation, interruption, delay, baggage loss or delay, medical expenses, etc.
Travel insurance offers the best possible protection if you have a sudden, unexpected illness or injury prior to or when traveling.
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Items with * can be rented at REI in Seattle or from Crew Treks