Why Climb with Us

Why Climb Mount Baker with Alpine Ascents?

Top notch services all around, from the drivers, to the gear team, to all of the webinars and training resources. You guys leave nothing to chance and offer clients everything we need to arrive prepared for our adventure.

Guides were extremely knowledgeable and very effective communicators. We had a wide variety of skill and experience levels and they accommodated everyone.

Key aspects of Alpine Ascents Mt. Baker Programs

  • 35 lbs. pack weight – typical climbs of Mount Baker use 55 lbs. packs
  • We utilize preset camps on Mount Baker
  • Meals provided (we cook meals at each camp and rarely use freeze dried)
  • Our climb includes round trip transportation between Seattle and Mount Baker
  • We have been leading climbs on Baker for over 30 years and is the primary location for our mountaineering school
  • 3:1 Climber to Guide Ratio
  • Full list of inclusions here

Climber/Group Gear at Camp

Climber Gear

  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • Foam Pad
  • Bear canister (shared with tent partner>

Group Gear

  • Tents
  • Stoves & fuel
  • All cooking equipment
  • Cook tent. We are possibly the only company that uses a cook tent. Others eat in tent or outside in the weather
  • All climbing hardward (ropes, pickets, ice screws, shovels, etc.
  • Medical and rescue equipment at camp, ready in case of emergency

Schedule Flexibility

Important to success and enjoyment for our climbers is the ability to adjust our climbing schedules as needed to account for ever-changing mountain conditions. Rather than throwing up our hands and ending an expedition when a route may become unclimbable, we treat these situations as challenges and, thanks to our experience and local expertise, we can change locations mid-expedition if necessary and offer alternate climbs and adventures. When such occasions have arisen, our climbers regularly praise these adjustments as highlights of their expeditions.

Experience

We have been running successful expeditions around the world since 1986. Our familiarity with the region, our expertise and our knowledge of climbing around the world lend a depth and richness to every expedition that we feel is unrivaled in the guiding community. This expertise is based upon years of accumulated experience—not just of our individual mountain guides, but through our experience on particular mountains where we fine-tune our knowledge of details over time. We maintain a process of multi-level and critical evaluations after each expedition. Innovations like daily weather reports, established season-long base camps, environmental pioneering, and operating our trips with small climber-to-guide ratios led by Alpine Ascents guides are just some of the factors that keep us in the forefront

Environmental Awareness

We believe that most of the guiding world is eco-friendly, but taking leadership in environmental matters can be costly and present obstacles. Pioneering the use of Wag Bags© in the Cascades, officially partnering with Leave No Trace for over 10 years, and removing trash from Everest, Aconcagua, and Kilimanjaro are a few of the efforts that we make that demonstrate our leadership of environmental clean-up efforts. More than simply being the right thing to do, or a marketing angle, we genuinely look to keep the mountains and wilds clean because this is our second home (first home for many guides), and we want to return each year to pristine environments. Environmental leadership is axiomatic— yesterday’s ideas are simply not good enough. We constantly challenge ourselves by asking, “What’s next? What more can we do? Is this really helping?”

Leave No Trace principles are fundamental to our program, and we encourage all who climb and trek with us to understand proper wilderness practices. We help facilitate this effort by passing on Leave No Trace training and literature to every Alpine Ascents climber.

I loved the expedition. The gear check, camp setup, and overall end to end was phenomenal. Our guides were truly exceptional. I was super impressed with how effective all of their leadership skills were. Each guide had a variety of backgrounds which was super cool. It was amazing to hear their mountaineering experiences and all […]

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Photo taken by Tatiana Van Campenhout

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