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. Yes! I was particularly impressed by our lead guide, Seth, and my guide for summit day, Connor. Seth did a fantastic job managing the whole climb, including the needs and moods of each climber and guide on the team. Most impressively he made this attentive customer service seems natural and effortless.
Our guides did a great job passing on their knowledge. During snow school on day 2 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 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.
2017 - New Horizons
In 2017, Alpine Ascents is pleased to offer a summit climb of Shuksan as a fundraiser for New Horizons on August 4 – 6, 2017.
On any given night in King County, over 850 youth go without a stable place to call home. Ranging from ages 12-25, these kids are not on the streets because they want to be; rather, they have in some way been disconnected from meaningful, healthy relationships, whether that means they’ve been kicked out of their home for identifying as LGBTQ, fled for their safety from an abusive family member, or aged out of foster care with nowhere else to go.
New Horizons has partnered with youth like these on their journey toward sustainability in Seattle and King County for nearly 40 years. We provide shelter, case management, job training through our partner coffee shop, Street Bean Coffee Roasters, as well as other resources and programs designed to reconnect youth to the opportunity to lead sustainable, healthy, whole lives.
Suggested donation: $1,300.00 (standard cost for a 3 day climb).
Minimum donation: $500.00
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.
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Our Mt. Shuksan climb was fantastic. The views were incredible, the weather was perfect, and our guides were professional, personable, and highly skilled. Yes! I was particularly impressed by our lead guide, Seth, and my guide for summit day, Connor.