Mount Shuksan Summit Climb-9,127′ a fine place to do a little climbing

  • Dates: CUSTOM- July-September
  • Duration:3 days
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Client Ratio: 3:1, 2:1 for the Fisher Chimneys
  • Cost:
    • Sulphide Glacier – $995(Minimum 2)
    • Fisher Chimneys – $1050
    • North Face – $1050
  • Included:Park fees, group climbing equipment, and guide services. *(meals while on the mountain, tents, stoves, cook kits and personal climbing equipment rentals available)
  • Not Included:Ground transportation airfare, transportation within Seattle, hotel accommodations, restaurant meals, gratuities for guides, all meals while on the mountain, tents, stoves, cook kits, and all personal items.

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Mt Shuksan Summit Climb rises 9,127′ above the Puget Sound; is the most photographed mountain in the world and a fine place to do a little climbing. there is a route for everyone; from the gentle Sulphide Glacier to easy rock climbing of Fisher Chimneys, and moderate alpine ice climbing of the North Face. All routes finish with a 5.0 ascent of the summit pyramid! A taste of the Alps without the crowds, makes this one of the best mixed climbs in the Cascades.

One of the benefits of climbing with BC Adventure Guides is the flexibility we can schedule into your trip. You and your guide have access to incredibly diverse terrain, as well as the freedom to adjust your itinerary as the weather, climbing conditions, and the objective allow.Follow this up with an ascent of the highest peak in the North Cascades of Mt. Baker on the Coleman Deming glaciers taking in the view of the amazing BC Coast Range and the Pacific Ocean.

 

MULTI-DAY ALPINE CLIMBING EQUIPMENT LIST

Our recommended clothing system has four layers.

  • Base layer: manages moisture and wicks perspiration away from your skin. (synthetic or merino wool)
  • Softshell: should be a durable, comfortable, insulating and wind/water resistant layer that breathes well.
  • Hard shell: windproof, waterproof and breathable.  (e.g. Gore-Tex, or similar)
  • Insulating layer: should be down-fill or synthetic-fill and fit over all layers. (e.g. down, primaloft or polarguard)

These four layers are usually sufficient for most people, but if you tend to be colder bring one extra medium-layer that would be ideal for extra warmth around camp, such as a vest. When deciding what to pack, remember to bring enough clothes and accessories to ensure your safety and comfort, while not over-burdening yourself with items you probably won’t use.

Climbing Gear

  • Adjustable Ski Poles
  • Alpine Climbing boots Full shank crampon compatible leather, synthetic, or hybrid boot depending on climb and season.Single-weight synthetic/leather mountaineering boots are adequate for mid and late-summer climbs on Mount Baker and in the North Cascades when conditions are expected to be dry.
  • Alpine climbing harness  Must have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing and can be put on with ski boots
  • Ice Axe – Lightweight
  • Crampons with anti-ball plate * Must be fit to boots prior to trip,
  • Climbing/ski helmet * Adjustable, should fit with hat on
  • 4 locking carabiners –  2 Large, pear-shaped carabiner is best, screw gate type recommended and 2 smaller locking screwgate
  • 4 regular carabiners (e.g. small wire gate are recommended)
  • 1 double length sling
  • 1 single length sling
  • ! Cordelette 6 mil 18-20’(6-7 meters)
  • 1 12” Prussik or Hollow Block*
  • 1 ATC Guide or similar belay device

Upper Body

  • 1 synthetic T-shirt
  • 1 long sleeve Sun Hoodie or shirt Lightweight, light colored for sunny days
  • 2 synthetic sports bras*(WOMEN)
  • 1 soft shell jacket
  • 1 Down/synthetic jacket with hood
  • 1 Hard shell jacket with hood Waterproof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best, roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
  • 1 pair lightweight gloves
  • 1 pair warm waterproof gloves
  • Warm hat Wool or synthetic
  • Balaclava/Buff
  • Shade hat or Visor

Lower Body

  • 2 pair med- heavy wool/synthetic socks Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on
  • 1 pair lightweight long underwear
  • 1-2 pairs of underwear boxers/briefs
  • Softshell pants 
  • Shell pants Waterproof/breathable with full side zips

Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping bag Rated to at least 20º F. Line the stuff sack w/ plastic bag.
  • Sleeping pad 1 closed cell foam and/or Neo-Air for extra warmth and comfort.

Backpack

  • Internal frame pack 3500-4500 cubic inch capacity able to carry snowboard/skis

Miscellaneous Equipment

  • Goggles and Sunglasses 100% UV protection with side shields or wrap around.
  • Personal first aid repair kit Basics: moleskin/blister kit, Band-Aids, first-aid tape, ibuprofen, personal medications, and batteries etc.
  • Lip balm At least SPF 20
  • Sunscreen At least SPF 40
  • Headlamp lightweight LED
  • 2 water bottles 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene and 1 bottle holster, or
  • Hydration bladder With drinking tube and 1 Nalgene bottle
  • Bowl and spoon Plastic, small Tupperware works well. Lexan spoons are best.
  • Toiletry kit Be sure to include WAG Bag or toilet paper stored in a plastic bag.
  • Bandana
  • Hand wipes
  • Favorite snack foods (no more than 2 pounds)

Day 1
We drive from Seattle to the trailhead. The hike to base camp takes from 2‑5 hours, passing through alpine meadows and clusters of Mountain Hemlock before making camp and take in the rugged spectacular ridges and icefalls that set Shuksan apart from the Volcanoes.

Day 2
A long day begins with a pre-dawn start on moderate glacier climbing over parts of three different glaciers to the summit pyramid. From here you will have views of the complex glaciers beneath us as well as the surrounding peaks of the North Cascades! We then descend the climbing route, back to our tent. After descending, we will enjoy the afternoon and relax in camp.

Day 3
After a leisurely breakfast, we break camp, head down the mountain, and arrive back at the trailhead by noon or 1 p.m.Ice axe positioning and proper application of all axe positions for climbing moderate and steep snow and ice

Day 1
We drive from Seattle to the trailhead by Artist Point and head toward Lake Ann. The hike to high camp takes from 4-6 hours, passing through alpine meadows and clusters of Mountain Hemlock before climbing in a series of chimneys to the base of Winnies Slide, where we set camp.

Day 2
A long day begins with a pre-dawn start. The climb first involves descending the White Salmon glacier then heading over to the North Face. The climb follows a 1,500’+alpine snow and ice climb up to 55 degrees and concludes with a 5.0 ascent of the summit pyramid. From here you will have views of the complex glaciers beneath us as well as the surrounding peaks of the North Cascades! We then descend the Upper Curtis and back to our tent. After descending, we will enjoy the afternoon and relax in camp.

DAY 3
After a leisurely breakfast, we break camp, head down the mountain, and arrive back at the trailhead by noon or 1 p.m.

Day 1
We drive from Seattle to the trailhead by Artist Point and head toward Lake Ann. The hike to base camp takes from 2‑4 hours, passing through alpine meadows and clusters of Mountain Hemlock before climbing to Lake Ann, where we set camp.

Day 2
A long day begins with a pre-dawn start. The climb first involves easy rock climbing in a series of chimneys, then moderate glacier climbing over parts of three different glaciers, and concludes with a 5.0 ascent of the summit pyramid. From here you will have views of the complex glaciers beneath us as well as the surrounding peaks of the North Cascades! We then descend the climbing route, back to our tent. After descending, we will enjoy the afternoon and relax in camp.

DAY 3
After a leisurely breakfast, we break camp, head down the mountain, and arrive back at the trailhead by noon or 1 p.m.