Mount Shuksan Sulphide Glacier

Climb Mount Shuksan With Alpine Ascents

FOR SUMMER 2021, AS PART OF COVID-19 REGULATIONS: Climbers will need to self drive until further notice. Further information will be sent upon sign up.

It was a fabulous trip, better than expected. When we encountered a challenging circumstance, our guides improvised beautifully. Our lead guide was an encyclopedic knowledge of the area, along with tips on how to cut pack weight, preferred meals, gear tips and more. It was a privilege to absorb a little bit of his amazing experience and knowledge. This trip was everything and more that I have come to expect from Alpine Ascents. I’m proud to climb with a first-rate organization like AAI around the world, and plan to continue doing so. –2020 Climber

Mount Shuksan (9,127’) is an immense and aesthetically magnificent mountain, arguably the most iconic in the North Cascades. It stands as one of the finest mountaineering objectives in the range, requiring a variety of alpine climbing techniques to reach its airy summit. This four-day instructional course/summit climb is an excellent choice for climbers who enjoyed their 3-Day Baker or 3-Day Muir climb and are interested in tackling more a technically challenging objective. Basic snow and glacier climbing skills lead the climber across the mighty Sulfide Glacier until the exciting rock summit pyramid. Depending on the time of year, the route to the summit  is usually a fun mix of snow climbing, easy rock scrambling, and plentiful ledges. The truly memorable summit rewards climbers with stunning views of Mt. Baker and the surrounding peaks of the North Cascades.

With a 2:1 climber-to-guide ratio, we offer a personal experience and hands-on training with an experienced guide team. This climb will teach climbers some the basics of glacier mountaineering, including self-arrest training, cramponing, and roped team travel.   Additionally, as the final climb to Mount Shuksan’s spectacular summit is on rock, we will spend a whole day at beautiful Mount Erie learning belaying, rappelling, knots, rope management and rock climbing movement prior to heading to the mountain. Successful completion of this program gives you the required skills for some of our more advanced expeditions.

Maximum team size: Six climbers with three guides.

EQUIPMENT & MEALS

Provided: All group climbing equipment, including climbing ropes, technical hardware, and tents;  breakfasts and dinners on the mountain; transportation to and from the trailhead (from Alpine Ascents Seattle location).

Not provided: Personal equipment and lunches. You are responsible for all items on the Gear List.

2021 - TBD

2021 Charity Climb: TBD

2021 Climb Date: July 30 – August 2, 2021

Suggested donation: $1,700.00 (standard cost for a 4 day climb)
Minimum donation: $750.00

100% of proceeds from this climb will be donated to the charity!

2020 Charity Climb:  Facing Homelessness

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This year’s Charity Climb will be in support of Facing Homelessness, an organization based in our hometown of Seattle, WA.   You can learn more about the organization in their own words below.

Facing Homelessness invites all of us to come closer, and to contribute our unique passions and skills toward the effort of ending homelessness. We believe that we will end homelessness when we inspire people to be a part of the solution.  We do this through four initiatives:

  • The BLOCK Project builds fully equipped, environmentally sustainable homes for people experiencing homelessness in the backyards of willing homeowners. This initiative creates housing for people, while also strengthening social inclusion in neighborhoods.
  • Photos + Stories humanizes homelessness by sharing the stories of people living outside to 52,000 Facebook followers. We ask our community to meet the specific, unmet needs of the people on our page, and in 9 years every need has been met through donations.
  • The Window of Kindness creates a space to connect housed and unhoused people. Here, we create meaningful relationships and provide thousands of essential items to anyone in need.
  • Community CleanUPs are twice monthly events that clean up garbage at 25 homeless encampments each year. 

Previous Donations

Each year, Alpine Ascents donates a climb to a local charity, where 100% of the amounts paid by the climbers goes directly to the organization.

2014 Climb of Eldorado Peak for Roots
2015 Climb of Eldorado Peak for KEXP
2016 Climb of Mount Shuksan for SheJumps
2017 Climb of Mount Shuksan for New Horizons
2018 Climb of Mount Shuksan for Girls on Ice
2019 Climb of Mount Shuksan for Jubilee Women’s Center

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.

Selected Climbs in the Cascades
by Jim Nelson, Peter Potterfield, Mountaineers Books
Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills
Don Graydon (Ed.), Kurt Hanson (Ed.), Mountaineers Society, Mountaineers Books
Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue
Andy Selters, Mountaineers Books
The Illustrated Guide to Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue
Andy Tyson, Mike Clelland, Climbing Magazine

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