BOOK YOUR NEXT TRIP | 206.378.1927

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.

Mount Shuksan (9,131’) 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

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.

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Chef Dani makes tuna melts on Rainier

    Camp Chef: The Tuna Melt

    Welcome to our new, recurring series- Camp Chef! In this series of posts, we will discuss cooking in the backcountry and highlight some of our favorite recipes to use in a variety of situations. We will focus on simple, easy, and nutritious recipes that have proven delicious in the mountain environment, and offer related tips […]

  • Backcountry Stoves 101

    Backcountry stove technology has come a long way in the last few years. While stoves are now lighter, more compact, and more efficient than ever, the multitude of choices a climber has when picking a stove to use for mountaineering can be daunting. Our resident gear junkie Matt has broken down the basic types of […]

  • Why do my trekking poles need snow baskets?

    Staying Afloat in Mountain Snow For long-distance hiking or any significant climb in the mountains, trekking poles provide critical support and stability. We are often asked about the fact that we require snow baskets on trekking poles in any location where there will be travel in snowy terrain. Just like deep winter snow will swallow […]

Partners & Accreditations

Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
Copyright © 2017 Alpine Ascents International. All rights reserved.