Forbidden Tour-3 Day Express & 4 Day Peak Bagging
- Dates: April 13-16
- Duration: 3-4 Days
- Level: Expert to Advanced
- Client Ratio: 4:1
- 4 Day course – $895
- 3 Day trip – $795
- Included: All meals while on the mountain, tents, stoves, cook kits, group climbing equipment, and guide services
- Not Included: Ground transportation, airfare, transportation within Seattle, hotel accommodations, restaurant meals, gratuities for guides, and all personal items. A detailed equipment list will be sent to all participants.
The Alps have the Haute Route, the Cascades have the Forbidden Tour. Starting in Boston Basin, we traverse some of the largest glaciers in the Cascades. We circumnavigate Forbidden, Klawatti and Eldorado Peaks crossing 3 passes enjoying several 3-4,000 foot descents along the way. This tour takes you far away from the crowds of Whistler and Chamonix while offering up some of the most rugged terrain in the Lower forty-eight.
By adding an extra day you can add a few more summits and descents such as Klawatti South Face, Eldorado Northeast Face, Dorado Needle and the Torment Couloir.
6:30am orientation. After an initial meeting and equipment check, we drive from Seattle to the trailhead and begin our hike to up into Boston Basin. After establishing our camp, the remainder of the day will focus on learning movement skills with crampons, ice axe and rope with an optional short evening ski run before dinner.
You will begin the day by going up and over Sharkfin col. We then descend down and across the Boston glacier to continue around Forbidden Peak by climbing over the North Ridge. Finally we drop down onto the top of the Forbidden Glacier, we enjoy the next 4,000 feet to Moraine Lake.
After a hearty breakfast, we ascend up to Klawatti Col on the Inspiration glacier. We set camp, and then go for an afternoon run down the MacCallister Glacier or up on Klawatti. We follow up with working on snow anchors and belaying.
Today your group will make a summit attempt on Eldorado Peak. If conditions are good we will summit and ski off the top, down Eldorado creek back to the car.
Day 1: 6:30am orientation. After an initial meeting and equipment check, we drive from Seattle to the trailhead and begin our hike to up into Boston Basin. Aftergoing up and over Sharkfin col we establish our camp, the remainder of the day will focus on dinner and taking in the view.
Day 2: We descend down and across the Boston glacier and continue around Forbidden Peak by climbing over the North Ridge. Finally we drop down onto the top of the Forbidden Glacier, we enjoy the next 4,000 feet to Moraine Lake.
Day 3:After a hearty breakfast, we ascend up to Klawatti Col on the Inspiration glacier. We set camp, and then go for a summit attempt on Eldorado Peak. If conditions are good we will summit and ski off the top, down Eldorado creek back to the car.
- Adjustable Ski poles with powder (big) baskets*
- Skis or Splitboard. Skis should be equipped with alpine touring bindings or telemark bindings. We prefer split decision snowboards w/ skins.*(Available for rental @Ascent)
- Alpine touring, telemark, or snowboard boots *(Available for rental @Ascent)
- Skins with glop stopper (skin wax)
- Avalanche Beacon This needs to be Triple Antenna.*(Available for rental @Ascent)
- Shovel Small collapsible style*(Available for rental @Ascent)
- Avalanche Probe 265cm or longer*(Available for rental @Ascent)
- Ski Crampons for skis & boards
- Helmet for riding and climbing adjustable to fit over hats *optional
- Harness Must have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing (e.g. Mammut Alpine Light, Black Diamond Couloir)
- 2 Locking carabiners Large, pear-shaped carabiner is best. screw gate type, no Autolocking
- 2 Regular carabiners (e.g. wire gate style recommended)
- Ice axe lightweight for glacier travel
- Ski Crampons for skis & boards
- Crampons with anti-bot plates – fitted to your boots
- Helmet for riding and climbing adjustable to fit over hats
- Glacier Travel/Crevasse Rescue Prussiks/Ropeman & Tibloc
- Lightweight base layer T-shirt or long sleeve polypropylene shirt
- Soft Shell
- 1 -2 Sports bra synthetic
- 1 Down/synthetic jacket with hood
- 1 Hard shell jacket with hood Waterproof and breathable. roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
- 1 pair liner gloves Thin wool or polypropylene
- 1 pair warm gloves Synthetic
- Shell gloves or mitts
- Warm hat Wool or synthetic
- Balaclava or Buff
- Shade hat or baseball cap
- 2 pair heavy wool/synthetic socks Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on
- 2 pair synthetic underwear Polypropylene or Capilene
- 1 pair lightweight long underwear Polypropylene or Capilene
- Soft shell pants with Schoeller fabrics
- Shell pants Waterproof/breathable with full side zips, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best
- Sleeping bag Rated to at least 20º F. Line the stuff sack w/ plastic bag.
- Sleeping pad 1 closed cell foam and/or ¾ length Therma-Rest for extra warmth and comfort.*(For 3 day course)
- Internal frame pack 3000-4500 cubic inch capacity, avoid unnecessary options that add weight
- Glacier glasses 100% UV protection
- Personal first aid kit Basics: moleskin/blister kit, Band-Aids, first-aid tape, ibuprofen, personal medications, etc.
- Lip balm At least SPF 20,
- Sunscreen At least SPF 40
- Headlamp compact LED
- 2 1-liter water bottles
- Plastic mug Needs a snap-on lid, 16 oz. or larger.*(for 3 Day Course)
- Bowl and spoon Plastic, small Tupperware works well. Lexan spoons are best.
- Toiletry kit Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag.
- 1-2 Large plastic bags Good for keeping miscellaneous gear dry
- Nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage (large Ziplocs are also useful
- Hand wipes
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
- Lunch & snack food (no more than 2 pounds)
WILL MY GUIDE (OR GUIDES) BE?
You will receive an introductory email with the instructor for your course. We are small company who enjoy working together in the mountains as well as highly skilled professionals who hold current Wilderness First Responder certification and are proficient in technical rescue and evacuation skills. Our guides are dedicated to the world of alpinism, many having first ascents and hold professional certifications with AIARE & AMGA. The AMGA is part of the IFMGA, which is the international body of certified mountain guides.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDES?
Tipping is considered standard practice in the guiding industry. Tipping amounts vary – so $15-20 per day per person/per guide is average that works well for the guides without a serious blow to your wallet. Often 10% of the course cost is a good rule-of-thumb. If you feel that the program was exceptional or substandard the tip can reflect that.
CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT FROM BCAG?
We work with Ascent Outdoors who rents full ski and splitboard packages as well as beacons, shovels, and probes here. If you need these plus touring equipment, Quantities are limited so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested.
HOW HEAVY WILL MY PACK BE?
You will carry 10-15 pounds, which will include everything on the equipment list.
WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY THE BALANCE OF MY TRIP?
50% Deposit when you make your reservation. The Balance is payable 90 days out by same credit card.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
If you should decide to cancel your trip, BCAG must be notified in writing. Your trip will be cancelled from the date we receive written notice. You will be assessed a cancellation fee according to the following schedule:
90 to 22 days from trip departure – 50% of trip cost
30 days or less – 100% of trip cost
WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO CHANGE THE DATES OF MY TRIP?
Schedule changes are subject to a $50 fee per person up to 2 weeks out and $100 less then 14 days from the start of the trip and may not be possible. If conditions or circumstances preclude running a scheduled program we reserve the right to make the decision as to whether the program will be canceled, rescheduled, or an alternative provided.
WHAT HAPPENS IF BC ADVENTURE GUIDES HAS TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
In the rare circumstance where we need to cancel a program you can reschedule without a fee or receive a refund on your deposit. If circumstances arise that force us to cancel a program that is already in progress we reserve the right to decide whether a refund or credit, at a prorated rate, will be issued. We are not responsible for cancellation fees or costs arising from your changed or cancelled flights, lodging, or other arrangements. We strongly recommend obtaining trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent.
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE?
BCAG highly encourages the purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance on domestic trips and requires it on International trips. Europeans and Canadians use it because travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.
Several options include Travelex or Travel Guard International at (1-877-248-8992) & www.travelguard.com for protecting your investment, however there are many companies to choose from and you may wish to do some individual research regarding which policy is right for you.
WHEN SHOULD I PLAN TO LEAVE A RETURN HOME?
We often get this question because most people need to know how much total time they need to take off work. Our return to Seattle on the last day may be late so plan you flights for the following day.