Climbing

Welcome to BCA Guides’ Summit Climbs Menu. We organize our Cascade Summit climbs by grade: *Beginner - no experience required, just good fitness- aka comfortable at hiking at a pace of 3+ miles per hour and vertical gain of 1,000 feet per hour. *Intermediate - requires previous experience and really good fitness- 4 miles an hour or vertical gain of 1,200-1,500 feet per hour. Technical difficulties: 35-55 degree snow & ice, 4th-mid 5th class rock climbing, glacial terrain *Advanced - requires previous Intermediate climbs with BCA Guides and solid mountain fitness aka able to hike all day at 4 miles per hour and 1,500 feet per hour. Technical difficulties: 45-80 degree snow & ice, 4th-5.9 rock climbing, glacial terrain.

Approaching the summit of Eldorado

NW Summit Climbs

Welcome to BCA Guides’ Summit Climbs. From the mountain menu, our climbs range from a light two day appetizer to a full banquet of 7-12 days. We organize our Cascade Summit climbs listed below by grade.Any questions about where your … Continue reading

Waving, 'It's me!' on Mt Baker

Baker-Easton Glacier

Located in the North Cascades, Mount Baker, aka Komo Kulshan-The White Watcher’s fame stems from its accessible, enormous glaciers that climbers gravitate to learn on and challenge themselves whether on the gentle Easton Glacier to the knife edge North ridge. … Continue reading

Shuksan-NW

Mt. Shuksan-9,127′ a fine place to do a little climbing

Mt. Shuksan (9,127′) is the most photographed mountain in the world and a fine place to do a little climbing. From gentle glaciers to the steepest ice south of Canada, there is a route for everyone! From the Sulphide Glacier … Continue reading

Approaching Eldorado Summit

Eldorado Peak Climb

Located in the North Cascades National Park, Eldorado Peak is famous for its knife edge summit ridge and its’ unsurpassed views. Approaching via the Eldorado Glacier, climbers have ample opportunity to practice their glacier mountaineering skills before reaching the exposed … Continue reading

Last step to the summit

Mount Olympus Abode of the Gods Summit Climb

Mount Olympus was sighted in 1774 by the Spanish explorer Juan Perez, who named it “El Cerro de la Santa Rosalia”. This is said to be the first time a European named a geographic feature in what is now Washington … Continue reading

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