The Baker North Ridge is one of top 5 classic ice routes in the lower 48 states and one of the 50 classic climbs of North America. Standing at 10,781 feet, Mount Baker is the third highest peak in the State of Washington. This route is a super classic.
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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.
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.
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.