Washington Glaciated Climbs
- Mount Baker – A great introduction to mountaineering. Mount Baker climbs are generally three days.
- Mount Shuksan – A fun climb that offers different terrain than a classic glaciated volcano. Mount Shuksan climbs are generally four days and include one day of alpine rock training at Mt Erie.
- Glacier Peak – A remote volcano climb where you can expect to see few, if any, other climbers. Glacier Peak climbs are generally four days. Ideal for climbers with previous mountaineering experience.
- Ruth-Icy Traverse – A scenic two or three day trip to the remote northern part of North Cascades National Park. An excellent, less-frequented introductory mountaineering experience.
- Eldorado Peak – A rigorous approach with close to 4,000 ft of gain to access this 8,868 ft glaciated climb. Eldorado Peak is typically done in three or four days and is ideal for climbers with previous experience. The breathtaking final summit ridge makes the long approach worthwhile.
- Sahale Peak – Located at the heart of Cascade Pass inside North Cascades National Park, this summit is generally climbed over three days. This climb offers a wide variety of terrain, from glaciers to a rocky ridge and a short rock tower to access the true summit.
Washington Technical Alpine Climbs
- Mount Baker via North Ridge – An iconic Northwest classic climb. The North ridge is a physically demanding trip that requires climbers have previous experience mountaineering and ice climbing. Climbers will encounter multiple pitches of steep ice up to 70 degrees on summit day. This trip is generally climbed in four days with a day of ice climbing practice on the first day.
- Mount Shuksan via Fisher Chimney – The Fisher Chimney is a perfect introduction to alpine mixed climbing for a climber with previous mountaineering experience. We commonly guide this trip over four days with one day at Mt Erie for rock climbing practice. This is an excellent preparation climb for the Matterhorn.
- Forbidden Peak – The spectacular West Ridge is one of the “50 classic climbs of North America.” This climb is ideal for individuals with previous mountaineering and rock climbing experience. We commonly guide this trip over four days with a day of rock climbing practice at the start of the trip. This is an excellent preparation climb for the Matterhorn.
- Sharkfin Tower – This granite tower stands out hundreds of feet above glaciers in a remote setting next to Forbidden Peak in Boston Basin. It is commonly climbed in conjunction with Forbidden Peak as a warm up climb.
- Mount Triumph – This highly sought after technical peak is located on the southern tip of the Pickets inside North Cascades National Park. Climbers need to have previous climbing experience on technical peaks and be able to climb 5.6. This trip is generally done over a three day period.
- Ptarmigan Traverse – This alpine traverse, traveling from Cascade Pass to Dome Peak, is one of the most beautiful ways to experience the remoteness of the North Cascades. Along the way climbers will traverse glaciers, alpine tundra, and rock ridgelines. Climbers need to have previous mountaineering experience and be comfortable carrying a heavy backpack as this trip is known as ‘technical backpacking’. We generally complete the traverse between six to seven days.
- Washington Pass: Liberty Bell, Cutthroat, Early Winter Spires – Washington Pass is famous for its towering granite spires and remote setting. Washington Pass offers a wide variety of single day multi-pitch alpine rock climbs. This area is perfect for any climber wishing to rock climb in big mountains. It is also phenomenal training ground for technical ascents around the world. We generally recommend a three or four day trip, which will allow for multiple summits and ample time to learn skills.
- Rock climbing in Leavenworth – Ideal for any climber that wants to enjoy rock climbing outside. Leavenworth is often perfect weather for rock climbing in April-June and Sept-November, when other climbing areas in the state are wet. Leavenworth has a wide variety of rock climbing difficulties that can meet all climbers needs. We can do single or multi-day trips.
Good program. Very professionally run and organized. Both guides had excellent mountaineering skills and were very willing to teach and share their skills. This is my second climb with Alpine Ascents and it is very well organized and seem to have the best interests of the climbers in mind.