Mount Baker – Easton Glacier Route
Thank you for choosing Northeast Mountaineering! We are looking forward to meeting you and taking you on an unforgettable adventure to Mt. Baker. At Northeast Mountaineering, we strive to give you the best climbing experience possible. We will work hard to make your time with us a success from start to finish!
WHEN AND WHERE TO MEET YOUR GUIDES
You will meet your guides and the rest of the climbing team at the Douglas Fir campground. The campground is located 2.5 hours Northeast of Seattle. Please plan to arrive by 5PM at the latest. We will conduct a full gear check and allow time for dinner. The nights of July 9th and July 11th (or 12th) are included in the cost of your trip. We have secured campsites for these nights. Overnights will be spent in tents, double occupancy. We recommend that you rent an SUV or similar for this trip as roads within Baker- Snoqualmie National Forest can be very rough and riddled with washouts and potholes.
July 9 – Meet your guides at Douglas Fir Campground in Glacier, WA by 5PM
July 10 – Approach Mt. Baker and set up high camp.
July 11 – Summit attempt and descend.
July 12 – Extra day in the event of bad weather. If we have good weather, we will descend on the 11th as planned. Please book flights home AFTER the 12th.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Please refer to the gear list on this page. You are expected to bring proper clothing items and proper climbing hardware such as crampons, ice axe, helmet, harness, mountaineering boots etc. Should you have any questions regarding clothing layers, please contact us. If you rent gear from us, we will bring it with us and distribute that on July 9th. There is an REI in Seattle should you need any supplies and you can rent other gear from American Alpine Institute in Bellingham. We recommend a pair of single mountaineering boots or a “boot and a half”. Double boots will be too warm and heavy for this climb. We will supply a lightweight, alpine style, two-person tent for the climb. You are welcome to bring your own tent for the nights spent at the campground.
We will provide first aid kits, shared group gear, tents, ropes and other technical equipment as needed.
We do not provide food. Please plan to bring your own food for your adventure. You will need 2 mountain dinners and 2 mountain breakfasts. Instead of lunch, we just eat snacks throughout the day.
Proper training plays a big factor in your success and enjoyment during this climb. Mt. Baker is strenuous. Please arrive in tip-top shape. Months of cross training will be your ticket to success. Training can include running, hiking, hill or stair climbs with a heavy pack and long days spent in the mountains. Focus on legs, core, back and cardio. Upper body strength is a bonus but does not directly translate to climbing big mountains.
GRATUITIES and OTHER COSTS
Our guides are highly trained and have logged countless hours in the backcountry gaining the experience and knowledge it requires to become a guide for NEM. A typical gratuity for a job well done is 15% or $20pp/guide/day.
Airfare, Transportation and Food are not included in the cost of the trip.
FOR MORE INFO
Please visit our website www.nemountaineering.com for more information on your climbing experience and to better prepare yourself. Also, friend us on Facebook for pictures and videos of past climbs and connect with others like yourself! Follow our guided climbs live on twitter, handle @nemguides. Share your adventure, share your success on Instagram with the hashtag #NEMGuides.
LET’S HAVE AN AWESOME ADVENTURE!
We are excited to show you what Mt. Baker has to offer. We know you will have an excellent adventure that you will be talking about long after your trip concludes. In the meantime…get out and train!