Glacier Peak

Climb Glacier Peak With Alpine Ascents

FOR 2021, AS PART OF COVID-19 REGULATIONS: Climbers will need to provide their own transportation to and from the trailhead.  

Our new 5-day Glacier Peak climb is specifically designed for climbers that are 55 and older.  Most climbers ascend Glacier Peak in four days, our 5-day itinerary allows us to move at a slower pace, provides time for additional instruction while making the ascent, and allows an extra day to summit in case of inclement weather.   Glacier Peak beckons mountaineers through old growth forests, resplendent high alpine meadows, and across several glaciers to the secluded summit in the heart of the rugged Glacier Peak Wilderness. Climbers can expect a long and incredibly scenic approach to an enjoyable and straightforward glacier climb that offers an excellent introduction to mountaineering.

Glacier Peak is a fantastic choice for climbers who appreciate the journey as well as the destination and seek a hefty dose of solitude with their rarefied alpine air.  This instructional course/summit climb teaches the basics of glacier mountaineering, including proper ice axe use and self-arrest skills, glacier travel, and basic rope techniques while aiming to summit a remote peak. With a 3:1 climber-to-guide ratio, we offer personal and hands-on training with an experienced guide team. Successful completion of this program gives you the required skills for some of our more advanced expeditions.

Our Glacier Peak climb with Alpine Ascents was outstanding. Our group really appreciated the 5 day trip. The arduous approach to Glacier included beautiful camps at White Pass and high camp, and the extra day gave our legs a little rejuvenation and made snow school very relaxed. Thanks again for an incredible experience.   —2020 Climber

Tents Equipment & Meals

Provided:  All group climbing equipment, including climbing ropes and technical hardware; meals (except lunch); and tents.
Not Provided: Personal equipment and lunches. You are responsible for all items on the Gear List.

Note: If you are a beginning climber, we strongly advise renting as much gear as possible. Alpine Ascents and other local retailers provide quality rental equipment at reasonable prices. We also offer a 10% discount at the Alpine Ascents Gear Shop located at our offices.

Reading List

This is a highly recommended shortlist and we would be happy to pass on a longer reading list for those interested. These links will bounce to Amazon.com with reviews.

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills
Don Graydon (Ed.), Kurt Hanson (Ed.), Mountaineers Society, Mountaineers Books
The Illustrated Guide to Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue
Andy Tyson, Mike Clelland, Climbing Magazine

I couldn’t have been more pleased with this expedition. It met or exceeded all of my expectations. From beginning to end, it is difficult for me to imagine how it could have been better.

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