Mt. Baker Ski Summit Express

Do you simply want to summit this beautiful peak on skis over a quick weekend? Are you fit and ready? Come with us.

$420.00
Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System Explained

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

Skills Required: Advanced skiing ability and prior skitouring experience required
You should be able to ski black diamond ski slopes at ski areas in just about any condition, and be able to ski ungroomed slopes of intermediate difficulty without any hesitation. You should have a good amount of ski touring experience and have experience in moving through the landscape in a variety of snow conditions ranging from deep to frozen snow. You should be able to complete transitions from touring to skiing or boot packing with ease and good efficiency.

Very Good Physical Fitness; you should be able to hike or climb for 5 to 6 hours with a pack varying from 20 to 40 lbs. and ascend 3,000 to 4,000 feet of vertical gain per day for 2 to 3 consecutive days. Same here Tova, formatting is strange

  • Category: Ski
  • Type: Guided
  • Ratio: 4:1,8:2

* Required Fields

Standing at 10,781 feet Mount Baker, also known as Koma Kulshan, is the third highest peak in the State of Washington and one of the Cascades glaciated active volcanoes. Some of its glaciers drop below 4,000 feet. It's surroundings are spectacular with Mt. Shuksan to the east, Colfax and Lincoln Peak to the west, and the seemingly endless panorama of the North Cascades to the south. If you are fit and prepared, it is very attainable in two day and we think an incredible treat to stand on the summit. 
Itinerary:
Day one:            
From the ranger station we will commute together to the end of the road at 3600 feet. A  four to five hour effort will bring us to the spectacular camp at the base of the Black Buttes at 7200 feet. We will get there via a 1 to 2 section in old growth forest, followed by open terrain that leads to the the Hogsback and the Heliotrope Ridge at around 6000 feet. The last 1 to to 1. 5 hours section leads over glaciated terrain on the Coleman Glacier to our camp.
Day two:           
This is a long day that requires an early start. If all goes according to plan, we will summit via the Coleman-Deming Route at around 9am. This should see us back to our tents around noon and back at the car at the latest at around 3 pm.
 
 

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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.


CLOTHING

BASE  LAYER
o 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight
o 1 or 2 Tops - midweight or lightweight
o Sock Liners - 2 or 3 pair
o Ski Socks - 2 pair
MID LAYER
o Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary
o Schoeller™ type pants - soft shell
OUTERWEAR
o Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
o Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pants
o Softshell Ski Touring Pants
o Warm Hat - should cover ears
o Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
o Lightweight Gloves
o Ski Gloves
INSULATION
o Down or Synthetic Jacket
 
PERSONAL GEAR
o Internal Frame Pack - 50 Liter (3100 cu in.) minimum
o Sleeping Bag - down or synthetic, 15º F to 20º F minimum
o Compression Sack - for sleeping bag           
o Sleeping Pad - closed cell foam or self inflating
o Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended
o Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth
o Bowl or Cup
o Utensils
o Small Knife
o Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel
o Goggles
o Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproof
o Lip Balm - SPF 15+
o Lighter
o Personal Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, waterless hand cleaner, etc.
o Small Personal 1st aid kit - blister repair (Compeed™), aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.
 
SKI GEAR
o Skis - Alpine Touring or Telemark
o Ski Boots - Alpine Touring or Telemark – no downhill boots
o Ski Poles - telescopic poles work well, but not required
o Climbing Skins
o Ski Crampons - THESE ARE REQUIRED!
o  Ski Brakes
 
SAFETY GEAR
o Transceiver - single frequency,  457 kHz only
o Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred
o Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice
 
TECHNICAL GEAR
o Ice Axe - 55-70 cm length, lightweight
o Boot Crampons – Aluminum is recommended for this trip
o Climbing Harness - lightweight, BD Alpine Bod style (no padding)
GLACIER TRAVEL KIT
 2 Locking Carabiners- (1) large HMS style and (1) regular locker
 2 Non-locking Carabiners - any style, we recommend wire gates
 1 Single Length Runner
 1 Double Length Runner
 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 sleep
o Camp Booties
o Thermos - vacuum type
o Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-rain brand waterproof notebook works
o Compass - adjustable declination a must
o Altimeter - Suunto watch works well
o Map Case - large zip-loc will suffice
o Maps - contact guiding office for appropriate quadrangles
o Collapsible Water Canteen - good for storing snowmelt at camp
o Warm Socks - to sleep in
o Lightweight Bivy/Tarp - handy with a floorless tent
o 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 Tents
o Stoves
o Fuel
o Cooking Pots
o Rope
o Technical Group Gear, VHF radio or SAT phone
o Group 1st Aid Kit
 

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.