Eldorado Peak, Forbidden Peak, Glacier Peak, Mount Goode, Mount Triumph, Mt. Baker, Mt. Olympus, Mt. Shuksan
Location
Multi Day
Duration
Outdoor
Setting
Beginner-Advanced
Skill Level

Our Mountaineering: Guided Climbs allow you access to the greatest experiences the Cascades offer. Many have been curated in guidebooks like Beckey’s 100 Favorite North American Climbs, Kearney’s Classic Climbs of the Northwest, Steck and Roper’s 50 Classic Climbs of North America, and Nelson and Potterfield’s Select Climbs in the Cascades. We’ve carefully chosen objectives that require the perfect balance of challenge and skill. As a result, these trips are all over night, incorporate movement on snow/glaciated terrain, and varying degrees of 3rd, 4th, and 5th class rock climbing.

Each climb requires different management strategies, so the instructor to participant ratio changes dependent upon the terrain in which you will encounter on your objective. For instance rock routes are limited to a 2:1 ratio, whereas snow/glaciated routes are 3:1. Please consider these practical limitations when planning your Pacific Northwest experience

Contact us to develop a custom itinerary for you and your party.

mountbaker_northridge
Mountain: Mount Baker
Route: North Ridge
Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced, Grade III, AI 2-3, Steep Snow/Glacier Travel
Length: 2 Days
Maximum Ratio: 2:1
Cost: These are custom climbs; please visit our custom pricing page for the most accurate cost.
Description: Baker’s North Ridge is compiled in many guidebooks as a Cascade classic. Approach via Heliotrope ridge on the mountain’s north side to camp around 6,000 feet. Then, climb the immaculate steep snow and ice ridge the remaining distance to the 10,778 foot summit, pictured as the skyline ridge in the image.
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shuksan_fisherchimney
Mountain: Mount Shuksan
Route: Fisher Chimneys
Difficulty: Intermediate, Grade III, Class 5, Steep snow/Glacier Travel
Length: 3 Days
Maximum Ratio: 2:1
Cost: These are custom climbs; please visit our custom pricing page for the most accurate cost.
Description: This Cascade classic approaches via the famous Fisher Chimneys to a high camp at Winnie’s Slide. Then you ascend Hell’s Highway on summit day to climb the South Face. The summit can be seen in the image as the highest, sharpest point on the horizon. This picture is taken at Lake Anne, just before Fisher Chimneys.
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mountolympus_blueglacier
Mountain: Mount Olympus
Route: Blue Glacier
Difficulty: Intermediate, Grade II, Class 4, Moderate Snow/Glacier Travel
Length: 5 Days
Maximum Ratio: 3:1
Cost: These are custom climbs; please visit our custom pricing page for the most accurate cost.
Description: Mount Olympus stands 7,969 feet tall, is the tallest peak in Olympic National Park, and is protected by rainforests and glaciers on all sides. It’s a diverse climb full of hiking, snow/glacier travel, and rock climbing with a 35 mile round trip. The summit is the highest point in the image, seen as you traverse the final glacier.
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forbidden_westridge
Mountain: Forbidden Peak
Route: West Ridge
Difficulty: Intermediate, Grade III, Class 5.6, Steep Snow
Length: 3 Days
Maximum Ratio: 2:1
Cost: These are custom climbs; please visit our custom pricing page for the most accurate cost.
Description: Forbidden Peak’s West Ridge ranks among one of the most pure ridges in the Cascades. It also marks the final objective challenge of the infamous Torment-Forbidden Traverse. Ascend a steep trail to a camp in Boston Basin. From here you will be able to see the entire West Ridge and take in the experience that is the North Cascades.
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forbidden_northridge
Mountain: Forbidden Peak
Route: North Ridge
Difficulty: Advanced, Grade III, Class 5.6, and Moderate Snow/Glacier Travel
Length: 3 Days
Maximum Ratio: 2:1
Cost: These are custom climbs; please visit our custom pricing page for the most accurate cost.
Description: This is an adventurous route up a Cascade classic mountain whose approach crosses two glaciers and ascends the remote, northern aspect of Forbidden Peak, following the skyline ridge in the image, left to right.
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eldorado_westarete
Mountain: Eldorado Peak
Route: West Arete
Difficulty: Advanced, Grade III, Class 5.8, and Glacier Travel
Length: 3 Days
Maximum Ratio: 2:1
Cost: These are custom climbs; please visit our custom pricing page for the most accurate cost.
Description: The West Arete climbs the opposite line from the famous East Ridge. It incorporates more diverse skills as it traverse more glaciated terrain and amazing alpine rock. The route climbs the obvious, central diagonal line, left to right in the image.
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eldorado_eastridge
Mountain: Eldorado Peak
Route: East Ridge
Difficulty: Beginner, Grade II, and Easy Snow/Ice to 35 degrees
Length:3 Days
Maximum Ratio: 3:1
Cost: These are custom climbs; please visit our custom pricing page for the most accurate cost.
Description: The sustained “snow arete” of Eldorado’s East Ridge is a welcome adaptation of ridge climbing. It is moderate enough to be challenging, and the position is stimulating as to maintain your a engagement until you reach the summit. The route follows the obvious, left of center snow ridge in the image.
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glacierpeak_coolglacier
Mountain: Glacier Peak
Route: Cool Glacier
Difficulty: Intermediate, Grade III, Class 2, and Moderate Snow/Glacier Travel
Length: 5 Days
Maximum Ratio: 3:1
Cost: These are custom climbs; please visit our custom pricing page for the most accurate cost.
Description: Although this is not the tallest volcano of the five Washington volcanoes, it is the most remote, situated in the Middle of the North Cascades National Park. The Cool Glacier wraps around the mountain, connecting snowfields and glaciers to the summit.
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triumph_northeastridge
Mountain: Mount Triumph
Route: Northeast Ridge
Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced, Grade III, Class 5.7, and Snow/Glacier Travel
Length: 3 Days
Maximum Ratio: 2:1
Cost: These are custom climbs; please visit our custom pricing page for the most accurate cost.
Description: Situated within the North Cascades National Park, Mount Triumph is a lesson in alpinism in the Cascades. It requires a long approach which involves climbing to a pass, descending to an alpine like, and then climbing back to another col, where camp can be made. After that you must traverse moderate snow and a disappearing glacier to gain another col, and the start of the route. From here, you connect 3rd through 5th class terrain to the summit. The Northeast Ridge climbs the striking skyline ridge in the image.
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goode_northeastbuttress
Mountain: Mount Goode
Route: Northeast Buttress
Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced, Grade III/IV, Class 5.6, and Glacier Travel
Length: 5 Days
Maximum Ratio: 2:1
Cost: These are custom climbs; please visit our custom pricing page for the most accurate cost.
Description: First climbed by Fred Beckey, the start of this route is guarded by 15 miles of varied terrain, ranging from cruiser trail, steep slaps, and a tempermental glacier. The buttress itself offers climbing from 3rd class up to low 5th class, depending upon the route you choose. The nature of the route is wild and remote, so it requires a minimum of 5 days to complete the objective. The Northeast Buttress climbs the protruding cleft left of center, marking the sun/shade line to the summit in the image.
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CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

 

Each guided experience has a very specific itinerary. Please reference the description for each climb to gain a general understanding of what to expect.

We are happy to supply you with more information on your desired objective. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.

Each guided experience can take place on any of the following mountains:

Eldorado Peak, Forbidden Peak, Glacier Peak, Mount Goode, Mount Triumph, Mount Baker, Mount Olympus, and Mount Shuksan

All of these guided experiences are custom built courses, which means we do not publish dates.

Please feel free to contact us if you want to discuss dates that work best for you.

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CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

All of these guided experiences are available for custom programming. Please contact us to determine the best schedule for you.

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CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

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