Classic Alpine Adventures in the North Cascades

Choose your own adventure. For a week we will climb some of the nicest north faces, ridges and classic alpine routes of the North Cascades.

July 23, 2019 - July 28, 2019

$1,500.00
Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System Explained

Overall Difficulty: Difficult 

Skills Required: Prior mounaineering experience required; One should have glacier travel experience, solid cramponing and rock climbing skills up to 5.6 YDS. Continuous movement in exposed terrain should not be a problem. Elementary rope handling skills such as tying in, rappelling and belaying are required.

Fitness Required: Excellent physiclal fitness;
you should be able to hike or climb for more than six hours with a pack varying from 20 to 40 pounds and ascend 4,000 to 5,000 feet of vertical gain per day for up to a week.

  • Category: Alpine
  • Type: Guided
  • Ratio: 2:1,4:2

Choose your own adventure. For a week we will climb some of the nicest north faces, ridges and classic alpine routes of the North Cascades. Here are some suggestions: Mount Shuksan North Face, Mount Buckner North Face, Forbidden Peak North West Buttress, Mount Goode North East Buttress, Mount Baker Coleman Headwall, Johannesberg Mountain North East Face. This strenuous week offers some of the best climbing in the Pacific Northwest. It will be a week you will never forget.

Pro Ski Service Logo


Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental. Go to Pro Ski and Mountain Service


Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999.


The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.


NORTH CASCADES CLASSIC RIDGE TRAVERSES
 
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS EQUIPMENT LIST IS GENERIC AND MIGHT HAVE TO BE MODIFIED DEPENDING ON THE TECHNICAL NATURE OF THE TRIP.
 SEE BELOW:
CLOTHING
BASE  LAYER
o  1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight
o  Non-Cotton Underwear
o  1 or 2 Tops - midweight or lightweight
o  Sock Liners - 2 or 3 pair
o  Socks - 2 pair
MID LAYER
o  Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece Jacket - only one of these is necessary
o  Soft Shell type pants
OUTERWEAR
o  Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
o  Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pants - may be omitted w/ soft shell type pants
o  Warm Hat - should cover ears
o  Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
o  Lightweight Gloves - wind block or fleece/wool type
o  Warm Gloves
o  Gaiters - low top or full size
NSULATION
o  Down or Synthetic Jacket
PERSONAL GEAR 
o    Internal Frame Pack - 50 Liter (3100 cu in.) minimum
o   Sleeping Bag - down or synthetic, 20 deg. F. minimum
o   Sleeping Pad - closed cell foam or self inflating
o   Mountaineering Boots - leather or synthetic, crampon compatible
o   Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended w/ extra batteries
o   Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth
o   Water Purification - tablets or filter
o   Bowl or Cup
o   Utensils
o  Small Knife
o  Glacier Glasses
o  Sunscreen - SPF 25+, waterproof
o  Lip Balm - SPF 15+
o  Lighter or Matches
o  Personal Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, waterless hand cleaner, etc.
o Small Personal 1st Aid Kit - blister repair, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.
TECHNICAL GEAR
o  Ice Axe - 55-70 cm length
o  Crampons - 10 or 12 point steel, pre-fit to boots
o  Anti-ball plates - for crampons
o  Climbing Helmet - UIAA approved only
o Climbing Harness - mountaineering style (e.g. B.D. Alpine Bod)
GLACIER TRAVEL KIT
o  2 Locking Carabiners- (1) large HMS style and (1) regular locker
o  2 Non-locking Carabiners - any style, we recommend wire gates
o  1 Single Length Runner
o  1 Double Length Runner
o  1 Cordelette - 6 mm diameter, 6 meter length
o  Ice Screws (2) - 13-17 cm length
OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate
o  Adjustable Trekking Pole(s) - nice to have for approach/crevasse navigation
o  Camera - we’re always looking for some shots for the PGS website!
o  Ear Plugs - essential for sound sleep
o  Thermos - vacuum type
o  Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-Rain brand waterproof notebook works
o  Ropeman or Tibloc - used in the crevasse rescue system
o  Compass - adjustable declination required
o  Altimeter - Suunto watch works well
o Map Case - large zip-loc will suffice
o Collapsible Water Canteen -  good for storing snowmelt at camp
GROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS *Please contact the guiding office if you prefer to bring your own gear in place of any of our group gear.
o  Tents
o  Stoves
o  Fuel
o  Cooking Pots
o  Ropes
o  Technical Gear such as elaborate crevasse rescue kit and trad gear.
o  Group 1st Aid Kit
o  VHF radio or Satellite phone
 
 
 

WHERE WILL WE BE CLIMBING? WE WILL BE CIMBING IN THE NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK OR IN THE MOUNT BAKER WILDERNESS. ACCESS ROADS TO THE VARIOUS TRAILHEADS ARE QUITE DIVERSE AND WILL BE COMMUNICATED WITH YOU ONCE THE CLIMBING OBJECTIVES HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED.


HOW MUCH PRIOR MOUNTAINEERING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED? GUIDED TRIPS LIKE THE NORTH CASCADES NORTH FACE WEEK, BAKER NORTH RIDGE, AND THE CLASSIC RIDGE TRAVERSE WEEK REQUIRE PRIOR MOUNTAINEERING EXPERIENCE.


CAN I USE THIS GUIDED WEEK AS A PREP WEEK FOR HARDER CLIMBS IN THE ALPS? YES, IT IS PERFECT FOR THAT AND SOME OF THE CLIMBS ARE JUST AS HARD AS THE ALPS CLIMBING OBJECTIVES.


DOES PGS PROVIDE THE FOOD? NO, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN FOOD.  WE ARE GLAD TO HELP WITH FOOD SUGGESTIONS THOUGH.


HOW BIG OR RATHER HOW SMALL SHOULD MY PACK BE? TRY TO FIT YOUR GEAR INTO A 50 LITER PACK. IF THE WEEK IS CONDUCTED OUT OF AN ESTABLISHED BASECAMP, YOU COULD CONSIDER A BIGGER PACK ALONG WITH A SUMMIT PACK.  


 


SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDE? AND HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP THEM? Although tipping is not a requirement it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or flat price tip that you are comfortable with.