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Mount Baker Ice Climbing Essentials

Build your ice climbing skills foundation for bigger climbs here

Ready to ele­vate your moun­tain and ice skills to new heights? Look no fur­ther! The Mount Bak­er Ice Climb­ing Basics Course is tai­lored for aspir­ing ice climbers seek­ing to estab­lish a strong foun­da­tion of skills.

Locat­ed amidst the ser­acs on the low­er Cole­man Glac­i­er, our course site offers an ide­al set­ting with a diverse range of climb­ing chal­lenges and breath­tak­ing views of Mount Bak­er’s north side. Whether you dream of scal­ing alpine clas­sics like the North Ridge of Mount Bak­er, the majes­tic Ama Dablam, nav­i­gat­ing the Khum­bu Ice­fall, or advanc­ing to more chal­leng­ing water­fall ice climbs, this course is your essen­tial start­ing point.

Join us for an unforgettable adventure that will equip you with the expertise and confidence to conquer the mountains you’ve always dreamed of. Start your journey here with new ice climbing skills for waterfall ice or alpine ice climbs

This three day two night course is for peo­ple with lit­tle or no expe­ri­ence on tech­ni­cal ice climb­ing. This course is an excel­lent option for peo­ple who aspire to improve their tech­ni­cal climb­ing skills for steep­er snow or ice routes. Stu­dents should know basic climb­ing skills such as belay­ing, rap­pelling and tie-in knots.

Course Cur­ricu­lum includes:

  • Ice climb­ing move­ment skills
  • Snow and ice anchor selec­tion, con­struc­tion, and equalization
  • Lead climb­ing and mul­ti-pitch climb­ing techniques
  • Anchor sta­tion management
  • Ice climb­ing and cram­pon usage techniques
  • Ice pro­tec­tion
  • Rap­pelling and belay­ing in an alpine set­ting; includ­ing v‑threads
  • Haz­ard assess­ment includ­ing: dis­cus­sion of objec­tive vs. sub­jec­tive haz­ards, assess­ment of avalanche dan­ger, rock and ice fall dangers
  • Dis­cus­sions include prop­er cloth­ing and ice climb­ing equip­ment for sur­vival in an alpine set­ting, effi­cient, com­pe­tent and self-depen­dent climb­ing tech­niques, and Leave No Trace ethics.


  • Mount Bak­er Ice Climb­ing Basics

    $950 – 3 Days

    Minimum 2 participants



Flight Information

For sched­uled cours­es and climbs, you should fly into Seat­tle-Taco­ma Inter­na­tion­al Air­port (SeaT­ac). You are respon­si­ble for your trans­porta­tion to down­town Seat­tle. You will meet as a group with your guide(s) ear­ly morn­ing on Day 1 for an ori­en­ta­tion meet­ing and equip­ment check.


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  • Mount Bak­er Ice Climb­ing Basics


    3 Days

    Minimum 2 participants

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Client to Instructor Ratio




Pre­vi­ous basic moun­taineer­ing skills sug­gest­ed, but no ice climb­ing expe­ri­ence required.

Follow-Up Ice Climbs