Out of the green and forested landscape of the Pacific Northwest rise unmistakable glaciated peaks, forming a ring of ancient volcanoes. The pounding rain and proximity to the coast, combined with their towering height and prominence creates the perfect environment for heavy snowfall and glaciation. These volcanoes are a truly special experience because they are the only mountains in the lower 48 that hold true glaciers. These mountains require a special set of skills and training to be able to climb safely and successfully. These skills include, but are not limited to:
- Roped travel
- Crevasse rescue
- Self and team arrest
- Snow camping
This Fall, in a last minute opportunity, Crested Butte Mountain Guides will guide a trip to the third tallest volcano in Washington, Mt. Baker. Standing at 10,781 feet and containing ten large glaciers, Mt. Baker provides a wealth of climbing opportunities, whether you are training for larger goals or climbing your first glaciated peak.
Crested Butte Mountain Guides will also teach glacier travel and alpine climbing clinics because of the unusually “fat” snowpack in the high mountains. If you have interest in climbing Mt. Baker or just learning some new alpine snow climbing skills, this trip is a must-do. The alpine skills clinic can be catered to any ability level and specific skills you want to learn, from cramponing to placing snow protection and lead climbing.
All this to say we are sure your mind is on mountain biking and tanning in the sun, but everyone could use a little mid-summer winter in their lives, and there is no better time to book a trip than now!