Youthful energy for mountains
UK youth travels to Seattle to climb in Cascades
Do you offer family and kids programs?
This is a question we hear every season in our office, and the answer is YES. We can create any custom trip for you and your family, or multiple families, including the kids! Here is one such story from an inspiring young mountaineer this past summer:
Lincoln is from Great Britain. He heard about climbing at a young age by watching mountaineering movies and reading mountaineering literature. At the ripe old age of 15, Lincoln decided he needed to get into the hills and experience the real thing himself. He did a custom four-day trip this summer with guide Sean McNally, and thus began his journey to becoming a mountaineer in earnest.
The trip began at Mt. Erie, where Lincoln was introduced to basic rope skills and knots, and, of course, some outdoor rock climbing! After a day of climbing, he set his sights on the real prize, the grand monolith on the horizon, Mt. Baker.
Lincoln made it to the southside Mt. Baker base camp, aka Sandy Camp, and quickly took to essential mountaineering skills, including crampon techniques, ice axe handling, travelling on a rope team, and self-arrest. In fact, Lincoln was so enthusiastic about practicing these new skills that he continued to practice on his own after the lesson was over, and even went back for more practice after dinner!
The next day Lincoln experienced his first ever alpine start. The team woke up “bright” and early at 3 a.m. to prepare for an attempt on the classic Easton Glacier route. After a few hours, Lincoln made it to the highest elevation he had ever been to, 7800.’ Unfortunately, due to poor weather and visibility, he was unable to safely make it all the way to the summit of Mt. Baker.
However, Lincoln has definitely caught the mountaineering bug and plans to continue on this wonderful and wild journey called mountain climbing. He is eager to return to the Cascades next summer to practice crevasse rescue and finish Mt. Baker. He is also determined to do some winter climbing in Scotland this year! Thank you, Lincoln, for embracing the Madness, and we can’t wait to help you reach even higher elevations soon!
To book a custom trip for your family and/or kids, please reach out and send an information request HERE.
Thanks to MM guide Sean McNally for sharing this story.