Sahale Descent-Riding the Chief of Cascade Pass

  • Dates: April 7-8 & Custom Dates
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Client Ratio: 4:1
  • Cost:
    • – $350
  • Included: , tents, stoves, cook kits, group climbing equipment, and guide services.
  • Not Included: Airfare, transportation within Seattle, transportation to trailhead, hotel accommodations, All meals while on the mountain, restaurant meals, gratuities for guides, and all personal items.
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Sahale Descent from 8,680 ft. (means Great Chief) ride down the center of the North Cascades! Tour into the Boston Basin region of the North Cascades National Park, up the Quien Sabe Glacier surrounded by Sharkfin Tower, Boston Peak, and Sahale Peak. Remarkable alpine views accompanied with easy glacier climbing make this one of the most appealing glisse descents of the Cascades. From the summit take in the views of Forbidden Peak, Eldorado Peak, Mt. Buckner, Mt. Shuksan, and the rest of the North Cascades. Don’t forget your camera! The mountain’s abundant alpine terrain  with great bowls, faces and tree skiing makes this a great weekend tour!

Day 1:We drive from Seattle to the trailhead and head up Midas Creek with a strenuous tour to high camp at the base of the Quien Sabe Glacier. We will also have time to discuss in detail the aspects of the climb necessary for safety and efficiency. The afternoon is dedicated to setting camp and enjoying a run. The remainder of the evening is spent making final preparations for the next day’s summit attempt.

Day 2:The second day begins a pre-dawn start (~5:00 am) we climb up and on our way toward the summit. Depending on conditions and the pace of the group, it takes from three to six hours to reach the summit. From the top, we have stunning views of the morning sunlight rising above distant peaks. Our descent includes a short 35-40 degree headwall with rolling glacial terrain back to our camp. After a quick snack, we break camp, head down the mountain with great old growth tree riding, arriving back at the trailhead by 2- 4 p.m.

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?
Yes, we rent Beacons, Shovels, Probes and Packs here. If you need these plus touring equipment, Second Ascent rents avalanche safety equipment, alpine touring, tele and split boards click here. 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?
Payable when you make your reservation by check, or 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 Avi and Ski Tours begin by 8 AM at the trailhead and return to the car by 3. Our return to Seattle on the last day typically allows you to get back between 5-7 with the descent and drive back.