Private Climbs

Our Expertise at Your Convenience

Private guides for groups, individualized training and specific peaks can be arranged by calling our office. Private training provides a wonderful opportunity for personalized programs from beginning to advanced levels and the chance to develop skills at your own pace. We run numerous private trips each season; most commonly:

  • Four and six-day training courses on Mount Baker
  • Winter training courses (these can often be done on Rainier, but generally without a summit attempt)
  • Summit climbs of Mount Baker, Shuksan, Eldorado, Glacier Peak, and other classics of the Cascades
  • Rock climbing courses
  • Courses in the Alaska Range

For more information about Private Climb Itineraries, contact our Director of Programs, Gordon Janow with your climbing ideas.

Strengths: Flexibility, professionalism and organization. I especially appreciated being provided the opportunity to make our summit bid the day prior to plan. This option was the difference between a successful climb and one that would have ended like others who attempted on Monday – in having to turn around at 13,000’. The communication prior to the climb was great – I always felt like I could ask questions and get prompt answers.


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