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Mount Baker: Easton Glacier Route

The North Cascades are a climber’s playground. They offer big mountain terrain in an unbelievable setting. Their jagged ridges and rocky summits are surrounded by snowfields and glaciers, which will put all of your previous mountaineering skills to the test. On this trip we will attempt the Easton Glacier route on Mt. Baker. This is a classic route, which involves steep snow up to 40 degrees and glacier travel.

Book July 9-11, 2021 or July 25-27, 2021

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CLIMB DETAILS

Price: $750 Per Person
Length: 2-3 days
Guide-to-Client Ratio: 1:3
Difficulty: Strenuous
When: July 9-11, 2021 and July 25-27, 2021
Type: Mountaineering
Type: Experiential

INCLUDED

1:3 NEM Guide Ratio
Camping throughout
All Group Gear
Emergency Gear
Climbing Permit

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare
Transportation
Personal Gear
Lodging when in town (unless listed otherwise)
Meals
Rental gear
Gratuities

RENTAL GEAR

Most of the required equipment [listed below] is available for rent from our affiliate mtnGEAR. NEM climbers will receive an exclusive discount of 20% discount on all rental equipment and clothing.

2021 DATES AVAILABLE

We are now booking July 2021. Do you have a different date in mind? Let us know and we will work to make your dream come true!

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Day 1: Arrival into Seattle, WA. Today, plan to drive 3 hours North to Mt. Baker where you will meet your guides and fellow teammates at the designated campground. We will have a gear check and discuss the upcoming climb.

CLIMBING ITINERARY BEGINS

Day 2: Today we will approach Mt. Baker and climb to high camp at 6,500ft. This is a beautiful hike through open meadows and an unforgettable ridgeline lined with wildflowers. We will set up camp at the base of the glacier.

Day 3: Our summit climb will begin in the early morning hours. Following the climbers route up the Easton Glacier, the slope will get steeper near the summit head-wall which gives us access to the broad summit plateau. From here, you look down into the volcano crater - a unique climbing experience.

Day 4: We have built in an extra day for bad weather. Should we not need this extra day, we will descend on the day of our summit attempt.

CLIMBING ITINERARY ENDS

Day 5: We will drive back to Seattle today. You can plan an afternoon departure or spend the day enjoying the city and taking in all of the sights.

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More Technical on North Ridge

Located in the Northern portion of Washington’s Cascade mountain range lies a beautiful and heavily glaciated volcano. Mt. Baker rises to 10,778ft and is home to some of the best training ground in the contiguous U.S. The North Ridge of Mt. Baker is a true classic. Glacier travel, steep snow, moderate ice climbing and wild exposure make this climb a must-do on any climbers tick-list.

CLIMB DETAILS

Length: 3 Days
1 person: $1400 per person
2 people: $1000 per person

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Ski Mountaineering the Easton Glacier

Our traditional itinerary with a twist. For those with backcountry skiing experience, a ski descent of the Easton Glacier provides a faster, more enjoyable descent. A moderate skin up the Easton Glacier Route is rewarded with a long ski descent from the summit. Participants must have a suitable touring setup with boots and skins for the climb. Almost 5,000 vert of ski descent. A strong backcountry skiing resumé is required.

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1 person: $1400 per person
2 people: $1000 per person

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How Difficult is the North Cascades Climbing trip?

The mountains in the North Cascades are long climbs with heavy backpacks. They can be very strenuous at times. These peaks require technical rock climbing and long approaches as well as steep snow. Prior rock climbing experience is required. You will need to be in top physical condition.

Do I Need Any Prior Experience?

The rock climbing and rock scrambles are beginner grades. The most difficult climbing is rated 5.6 but mostly it is 4th-low 5th class. Due to the alpine environment, these climbs take on a more serious perspective than rock climbs of harder grades closer to civilization. Prior rock climbing and camping experience are required.

What Are the Age Limits for This Climb?

We encourage participants to be age 16 or over, although exceptions can be made based on previous experience. Participants under the age of 16 will need to submit a climbing resume for review. As long as you are in excellent physical condition, are approved by your doctor, and have are able to legally sign the liability waiver, you are welcome to join us!

How Long are the Climbing Days?

Each day is challenging. At the beginning of the climb altitude is not an issue. However, pack weight is heavy. As we ascend, packs get lighter but altitude takes its toll. Summit day can be 14-16 hours long.

What are the Sleeping Arrangements on the Mountain?

We will provide tents. To minimize the amount of necessary gear, climbers will share a tent. Your tent will be designed to sleep the number of climbers assigned in it [i.e. a 3-person tent will sleep 3 climbers and a 2-person tent will sleep 2 climbers]. We will only make exceptions to this on rare occasions. Please feel free to contact us if you feel you need your own tent.

How Heavy Will My Pack Be?

You can expect a 45lb-55lb pack for the first two days. Summit day will require 10lb-15lb packs.

Why Do We Begin Our Summit Attempt in the Dark?

We get an alpine start for many reasons. In general everything is safer at night when the temperatures are cold and the sun has not begun to melt the snow and ice. The terrain is firmer for easier climbing, snow bridges over crevasses are frozen, the snowpack is more stable and rock fall is less of a hazard.

Where Do I Meet My Guide?

You will meet your guide at the specified campground and/or airbnb. You will receive this information well before departure.

Can I Rent Gear for My Climb?

Yes! We recommend renting boots from the American Alpine Institute in Bellingham, WA. All other rentals can be made through our affiliate climbingrentals.com and we will bring the gear with us.

GENERAL POLICIES

NEMs Adventure itineraries are subject to change or be adjusted based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, group dynamics and many other factors. NEM has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including the discretion to change program schedule or itinerary, and change guides or staff, as necessary for the proper and safe conduct of the program.

We reserve the right to cancel any program due to inadequate signups, weather or route conditions. In such a case, an NEM credit for the full value is given; however, NEM cannot be responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).

NEM reserves the right to dismiss the Participant from a trip at any time if NEM determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant is not physically, technically, or psychologically prepared for or capable of participating in the program. This includes being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

SUMMIT ATTEMPT

Northeast Mountaineering cannot guarantee that you will reach the summit or complete the objective you have signed up for. Weather, route conditions, your own abilities or the abilities of others may create circumstances that make an ascent unsafe, and you or your entire party will have to turn around without reaching the summit. Your program fee entitles you to one mountain experience on your specified dates.

MINIMUM REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

For our adventures to run as booked, we must have 50% enrollment of the maximum participant allotment. As an example, if the program has a maximum of 6 people then we must have 3 registered participants for the adventure. In the case of low registration, you may be asked to postpone or join another group on a different date. Exceptions may be made but it is at complete discretion of Northeast Mountaineering, its guides and agents.

RISK MANAGEMENT

Safety is NEM’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains but they cannot eliminate them. NEM guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.

NEW ENGLAND ADVENTURES

Payment in full is due at the time of booking. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND INCLUDING MOUNT RAINIER

A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check your specific adventure. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.

INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURES

A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check your specific adventure. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.

CANCELLATION

Up to 30 days before your adventure: Full Refund will be issued 29 days - 72 hours before your adventure: Full Refund in the form of NEM credit Within 72 hours of your adventure: No refund will be issued* In the event that you have a positive COVID-19 test and need to cancel within 72 hours, you will be issued an NEM credit for your adventure. If NEM cancels your adventure due to weather or another unforeseen reason, you will receive an NEM credit.

CHANGE OF DATE

Date changes are subject to availability. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 7 days prior to your adventure without incurring a date change fee. Date changes may be requested between 7 and 3 days prior to your departure date for a $25 fee per person. There are no date changes allowed within 72 hours before your adventure.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

In the event your guide or a fellow NEM guide or staff has reason to believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 or they are otherwise feeling unwell they will attempt to get a COVID test in time for your adventure or course. In the event of a positive test or the absence of results,  your course or adventure will be rescheduled or you can opt for an NEM credit to use at your discretion. Refunds for travel, lodging or other costs associated with your adventure will not be refunded or reimbursed.