Mount Baker offers some of the best ski touring in the state. It's hard to argue with 8,000 feet of vertical in one of the world's largest snow factories. The terrain is high alpine and as severe as you want to make it. For the summit traverse we start in the Mount Baker ski area, ascend the mountain via the Boulder Glacier and descend via the rugged Coleman Glacier side. It's an awesome summit traverse and we love guiding it!
Day one: We will conduct a quick gear check at the Ranger Station and then drive up the Glacier Creek Road as far as we can. From the road head we'll tour to the Heliotrope Ridge area and establish a nice camp. If we have time and energy, we will go for a little side ski in the afternoon.
Day two: Summit day. An early start will see us to the summit of Mount Baker via the Coleman Deming Col in the late morning. We should be back in camp right in time for a post lunch coffee. We might even ski a little more in the afternoon.
Day three: The third day leaves some options open. Conditions permitting, we will tour to the rarely visited Roosevelt – Mazama Col and then ski back down to camp before heading out in the early afternoon. You can assume to be back in the Seattle area in the early evening.
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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.
BASE LAYERo 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweighto 1 or 2 Tops - midweight or lightweighto Sock Liners - 2 or 3 pairo Ski Socks - 2 pairMID LAYERo Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessaryo Schoeller™ type pants - soft shellOUTERWEARo Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacketo Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pantso Softshell Ski Touring Pantso Warm Hat - should cover earso Sun Hat - baseball type or visoro Lightweight Gloveso Ski GlovesINSULATIONo Down or Synthetic Jacket PERSONAL GEARo Internal Frame Pack - 50 Liter (3100 cu in.) minimumo Sleeping Bag - down or synthetic, 15º F to 20º F minimumo Compression Sack - for sleeping bag o Sleeping Pad - closed cell foam or self inflatingo Headlamp - lightweight LED recommendedo Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide moutho Bowl or Cupo Utensilso Small Knifeo Sunglasses - adequate for snow travelo Goggleso Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproofo Lip Balm - SPF 15+o Lightero Personal Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, waterless hand cleaner, etc.o Small Personal 1st aid kit - blister repair (Compeed™), aspirin, ibuprofen, etc. SKI GEARo Skis - Alpine Touring or Telemarko Ski Boots - Alpine Touring or Telemark – no downhill bootso Ski Poles - telescopic poles work well, but not requiredo Climbing Skinso Ski Crampons - THESE ARE REQUIRED!o Ski Brakes SAFETY GEARo Transceiver - single frequency, 457 kHz onlyo Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferredo Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice TECHNICAL GEARo Ice Axe - 55-70 cm length, lightweighto Boot Crampons – Aluminum is recommended for this tripo Climbing Harness - lightweight, BD Alpine Bod style (no padding)GLACIER TRAVEL KITo 2 Locking Carabiners- (1) large HMS style and (1) regular lockero 2 Non-locking Carabiners - any style, we recommend wire gateso 1 Single Length Runnero 1 Double Length Runnero 1 Cordelette - 6 mm diameter, 6 meter length OPTIONAL ITEMS o Camera - we’d like some shots for the PGS website!o Ear Plugs - essential for sound sleepo Camp Bootieso Thermos - vacuum typeo Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-rain brand waterproof notebook workso Compass - adjustable declination a musto Altimeter - Suunto watch works wello Map Case - large zip-loc will sufficeo Maps - contact guiding office for appropriate quadrangleso Collapsible Water Canteen - good for storing snowmelt at campo Warm Socks - to sleep ino Lightweight Bivy/Tarp - handy with a floorless tento Foot Powder 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 Tentso Stoveso Fuelo Cooking Potso Ropeo Technical Group Gear, VHF radio or SAT phoneo Group 1st Aid Kit