Mount Shuksan Sulphide Glacier

Mount Shuksan Overview

Similar to our Mount Baker climb, this three-day instructional course/summit climb teaches you some of the basics of glacier mountaineering, including self-arrest training, glacier and rope techniques while on route to Mount Shuksan’s spectacular summit. Successful completion of this program gives you the required skills for some of our more advanced expeditions.

Our Mt. Shuksan climb was fantastic. The views were incredible, the weather was perfect, and our guides were professional, personable, and highly skilled. They did a great job passing on their knowledge. During snow school on day two I learned several new cramponing techniques and approaches to self arrest, which had never been covered with me before despite numerous guided climbs in the alps.

The group food definitely exceeded my expectations. Dinner was definitely a highlight of each day.
The strength of the program is clearly the very strong guides, and the beautiful north cascades mountains! – 2018 Shuksan Climber

Mount Shuksan (9,127’) is an immense and aesthetically magnificent mountain, 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. Basic snow and glacier climbing skills lead the climber across the mighty Sulfide Glacier until we reach 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.

Tents Equipment & Meals

Provided: All group climbing equipment: climbing ropes and technical hardware; meals and tents.
Not provided: Personal equipment. You are responsible for all items on the gear list. Transportation is not provided for this climb. Climbers will need to provide transportation to the trailhead.

2019 - Jubilee Women's Center

Jubilee Women’s Center supports women experiencing poverty to build stable and fulfilling futures, one extraordinary woman at a time.

Since 1983, Jubilee has helped hundreds of women in crisis end the cycle of poverty and homelessness by gaining the skills and resources to rebuild their lives. With residences in Capitol Hill and the University District in Seattle, Jubilee provides a transitional program of safe and affordable community housing, personal and professional growth opportunities, holistic care management and basic necessities.

Last year Jubilee served 58 women of a variety of cultures, races, religions, and nationalities in its residential program, as well as serving as a critical resource for nearly 2,100 additional low-income women in the Seattle area, providing free referrals, learning opportunities, computer access, and clothing.

2019 Climb Date: August 11 – 13
Suggested donation: $1,400.00 (standard cost for a 3 day climb).
Minimum donation: $500.00

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

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

From Rainier Climb: Fantastic experience. The guides were experts and imbued a confidence that translated to all client climbers. And the weather couldn’t have been better. Superb. All 4 guides did a wonderful job of explaining vital information for safety, preparedness and route planning. They also did a great job of preparing the group mentally […]

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