Forbidden Tour, Isolation, Nooksack & Snoqualmie Traverses

  • Dates: April 4-7 & Custom Dates
  • Duration: 3-4 Days
  • Level: Expert to Advanced
  • Client Ratio: 4:1
  • Cost:
    • 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.

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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.

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. 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.

Day 2
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.

Day 3
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. (Can finish the tour and head out as well)

Day 4
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 ski into the White Salmon. Aftergoing up and over Winnies Slide we establish our camp, the remainder of the day will focus on dinner and taking in the view.

Day 2: We attempt to summit Shuksan and descend down and across the Nooksack glacier and continue around to Icey.

Day 3:After a hearty breakfast, we ascend up to the summit of Ruth Mountain. If conditions are good we will summit and ski off the top and 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 Eldorado. We camp below Eldorado.

Day 2: We climb up and descend down Eldorado, over Dorado Needle into Marble Creek Cirque and across the Backbone Ridge. We camp near Wilcox Lakes.

Day 3: After a hearty breakfast, we ascend up to Snowfield and… back to the car, a long way back down.

Day 1: 6:30am orientation. After an initial meeting and equipment check, we drive from Seattle to the trailhead and head up and over Kendall to Joe Lake

Day 2: Today travel up to Chikamin and up to the Lemah/Chimney col

Day 3:  Big descent options down the glacier valleys of Chimney and Lemah enroute to our camp for the next 2 nights under Daniel/Himan.

Day 4: Tour Daniels and Hinman

Day 5: Head over to Big Snow.

Day 6: Enjoy the last big run off of Big Snow and down to a cold beverage and flipflops!

Our recommended clothing system has four layers.
  • Base layer: manages moisture and wicks perspiration away from your skin. (Polypro, capilene, driclime)
  • 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/Ski Gear
  • Skis or snowboard. Skis should be equipped with alpine touring bindings or telemark bindings. We prefer split decision Snowboards w/ skins because you do not need snow shoes.
  • Adjustable Ski Poles
  • Alpine touring, telemark, snowboard boots crampon compatible
  • Skins
  • Ski Crampons Required for all ski mountaineering trips
  • Alpine climbing harness  Must have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing and can be put on with ski boots
  • 2 Locking carabiners Large, pear-shaped carabiner is best.
  • 2 Regular carabiners lightweight
  • 1 Single Length Runner/Sling
  • 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
  • Glacier Travel/Crevasse Rescue *Optional on Summit Descents Prussiks/Ropeman/Microtraxion & Tibloc
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 Glacier glasses 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, spare parts for bindings 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.
  • 1-2 Large plastic bags Good for keeping miscellaneous gear dry
  • Nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage (large Ziplocs are also useful
  • Bandana
  • Hand wipes
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
  • Favorite snack foods (no more than 2 pounds)
  • Camera
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.