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Mount Baker North Ridge

Climber on Baker's North Ridge. Photo: Zeb Blais

Climber on Baker's North Ridge. Photo: Zeb Blais


 

Dates: July & August 2016 – email me to set dates!

with RMI Expeditions

contact me with questions:zeb@alpinemountainworks.com

Mt. Baker’s North Ridge is my favorite route in Washington state.  It’s a thrilling route for the experienced climber.  Big glacier travel, intense exposure, two tool climbing on Alpine Ice 3, and a summit in the middle of the North Cascades makes it a must do for anyone interested in technical big mountain climbing.  Good footwork and excellent physical fitness are required, but climbers don’t need weeks of ice climbing experience (some is recommended) to manage this route.  It is a Grade III alpine route and typically requires a 12-14 hour summit day.  Many climbers compare it to Rainier’s Liberty Ridge, but at lower altitude with a longer climbable season.

Climb highlights include:

  • Ascend through old growth forest to a camp with views of the Salish Sea and southern Canada.
  • Multi-pitch snow and ice climbing up to 70° using two ice tools
  • Extended stretches of steep 40-50° snow climbing
  • Climb multiple pitches of steep alpine ice above 9,000′.
  • Low climber to guide ratio, 2:1 or 1:1 (inquire about price).
  • Take part in an RMI adventure and see why we continue to set the standard in guiding excellence.

 

Cost:
 $2:1 $910
1:1 inquire about cost via email

 

Mount Baker from the North.  The North Ridge is directly center. Photo: Zeb Blais

Mount Baker from the North.  The North Ridge is directly center. Photo: Zeb Blais

 

The North Ridge is the left skyline.  Photo: Zeb Blais

The North Ridge is the left skyline. Photo: Zeb Blais

Camp on the Coleman Glacier.  Photo: Zeb Blais

Camp on the Coleman Glacier. Photo: Zeb Blais

 

The last bit of rock before the steep ice begins.  Photo: Zeb Blais

The last bit of rock before the steep ice begins. Photo: Zeb Blais

 

Near the top of Baker after completing the traverse above the highest bergshrund.  This is one variation on the upper portion of the route.  The other option is to go up the right skyline in the picture.  Photo: Zeb Blais

Near the top of Baker after completing the traverse above the highest bergshrund. This is one variation on the upper portion of the route. The other option is to go up the right skyline in the picture. Photo: Zeb Blais