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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! – 2017 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.

2018 - Girls On Ice

Girls on Ice is a tuition-free science, art, life, and leadership expedition for teenage girls from ALL social and economic groups, especially those who are from underprivileged groups and are seeking strength and mentors to guide them through life’s challenges. Since 2001, Girls on Ice Cascades have changed the lives of well over 200 girls from across the US, bringing out their natural curiosity; inspiring their interest in science; connecting the arts and sciences; and empowering and encouraging trust in their physical, intellectual, and leadership abilities in an inclusive and less competitive atmosphere free of gender roles. Girls on Ice expeditions combine mountaineering adventure with authentic scientific field research, artistic observation, and leadership skill building led by teams of professional glaciologists, scientists, artists, and mountaineers.

“I can do what I want to do, if I believe in myself I can do it. We climbed a glacier [thousands of] feet in the sky, that was pretty amazing and I don’t think I would have ever believed I could have done that without this program. It was funny and memorable, and difficult and hard but I loved every moment of it.” K’sana, British Columbia

Girls on Ice is part of Inspiring Girls Expeditions (http:/inspiringgirls.org/philosophy), which also offers expeditions in Alaska, Switzerland, and Canada in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This climb will raise funds for Girls on Ice Cascades to empower girls with curiosity, courage, and confidence.

Registration for this climb will open on March 1, early registration is available by visiting http://inspiringgirls.org/shuksan-climb.

Suggested donation: $1,300.00 (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

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

I loved it. The guides were great, the pace was good and the food was excellent.

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