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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.
MOUNT BAKER NORTH RIDGE CLOTHING • BASE LAYERo 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweighto Non-Cotton Underwearo 1 or 2 Tops - midweight or lightweighto Sock Liners - 2 or 3 pairo Socks - 2 pair• MID LAYERo Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece Jacket - only one of these is necessaryo Soft Shell type pants• OUTERWEARo Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacketo Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pantso Warm Hat - should cover earso Sun Hat - baseball type or visoro Lightweight Gloves - wind block or fleece/wool typeo Warm Gloveso Gaiters - low top or full size• INSULATIONo Down or Synthetic JacketPERSONAL GEARo Internal Frame Pack - 50 Liter (3100 cu in.) minimumo Sleeping Bag - down or synthetic, 20 deg. F. minimumo Sleeping Pad - closed cell foam or self inflatingo Mountaineering Boots - leather or synthetic, crampon compatibleo Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended w/ extra batterieso Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide moutho Water Purification - tablets or filtero Bowl or Cupo Utensilso Small Knifeo Glacier Glasseso Sunscreen - SPF 25+, waterproofo Lip Balm - SPF 15+o Lighter or Matcheso Personal Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, waterless hand cleaner, etc.o Small Personal 1st Aid Kit - blister repair, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.TECHNICAL GEARo 2 Ice Axes- moderate ice tools would be greato Crampons - 12 point steel, pre-fit to bootso Anti-ball plates - for cramponso Climbing Helmet - UIAA approved onlyo Climbing Harness - mountaineering style (e.g. B.D. Alpine Bod)o Locking Biners (2) - (1) large HMS style and (1) regular lockero Non-locking Biners (4) - any style, we prefer wire gate typeo Cordelettes (2) - 6 mm diameter, 6 meter lengths, untiedo Sewn Slings (2) - 1 single length (60 cm), 1 double length (120 cm)o Ice Screws (2) - 13-17 cm lengthOPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participateo Adjustable Trekking Pole(s) - nice to have for approach/crevasse navigationo Camera - we’re always looking for some shots for the PGS website!o Ear Plugs - essential for sound sleepo Thermos - vacuum typeo Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-Rain brand waterproof notebook workso Ropeman or Tibloc - used in the crevasse rescue systemo Compass - adjustable declination requiredo Altimeter - Suunto watch works wello Map Case - large zip-loc will sufficeo Collapsible Water Canteen - good for storing water at campGROUP 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 Tentso Stoveso Fuelo Cooking Potso Ropeso Technical Group Gear (ropes, elaborate crevasse rescue kit, ice screws, VHF radio or SAT phone)o Group 1st Aid Kit
WHERE WILL WE BE CLIMBING? WE WILL BE CIMBING ON THE NORTH SIDE OF MOUNT BAKER, MAINLY ON THE COLEMAN GLACIER.
HOW MUCH PRIOR MOUNTAINEERING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED? PRIOR MOUNTAINEERING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED, AND SOLID FITNESS WILL ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF THE TRIP SUBSTANTIALLY.
WILL WE BE ABLE TO DO SOME ICE CLIMBING BEFORE WE DO THE ACTUAL ROUTE? YES, THE LOWER COLEMAN GLACIER IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST SPOTS FOR SUMMER ICE CLIMBING IN THE LOWER 48 STATES AND WE INTEND TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.
CAN I USE THIS CLIMB AS A PREP CLIMB FOR HARDER CLIMBS IN THE ALPS? YES, THIS ROUTE HOLDS ITS OWN ANYWHERE. IT IS A VERY GOOD PREP ROUTE, AND THE LATER THE DATE, THE MORE TECHNICAL THE ROUTE BECOMES.
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 MAX OR BRING A SMALLER PACK FOR THE SUMMIT DAY.
HOW DO I GET TO GLACIER, WA? Driving directions to the Glacier Ranger Station: Take Interstate 5 north to Hwy 542 in Bellingham and go east to the town of Glacier. Driving time is about 3 hours from Seattle. The ranger station is located about 0.5 miles east of town on the right hand side.