July 2-12: 10 Day Course 

We’ve had a great first section of our course here on Mt. Baker and are pumped to report a successful summit of Mt. Baker this afternoon!

Over the past 5 days, we focused on building skills that will help us become more proficient and successful in pursuing our climbing objectives. We’ve covered instruction in ice climbing, mountain navigation, and technical skills and are looking forward to continue utilizing these as we move on to the Kautz route of Mt. Rainier. Here’s a look back at the past few days.

Day1: 

After our approach to the Hogback camp in Heliotrope Ridge of Mt. Baker’s north side, we settled into camp and covered the basis needed to establish a camp in mountain terrain. We enjoyed a hot meal, good company and beautiful views as the sunset below the mountains and the Puget Sound.

Day 2-4:

As we tackled the technical complexes of glacier travel, ice climbing, and cravese rescue, our team became more confident in their skills and even more excited to start pushing higher up the mountain. We spent a day on the lower Coleman glacier working through ice climbing skills and covering techniques that we’d use on Mt. Rainier. Craves Resuce was a huge hit with these guys and they took it on! 

Justin rigging is raise 

Kentucky boys Justin and Smitty in a cravese on the Coleman Glacier 


Rope team travel on the Coleman Glacier.

Summit of Mt. Baker 10,781ft.


J.Hankins


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