Mt. Baker Easton Glacier Route - Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Join us for 3 days of climbing to the summit of one of North America’s most sought after peaks, Mount Baker. We take either the Easton Glacier or Coleman-Demming route with challenging route-finding through icefalls, seracs, and around large crevasses. Before summiting Mount Baker, you will learn fundamental skills necessary for safe glacier travel such as ice axe arrest, the use of crampons, and how to attach to a rope as a member of a rope team.
The Miyar Adventures Mount Baker climb is meant for experienced hikers looking to start mountaineering. Our professional guides will help navigate the route, home to mountain streams, blue glaciers, and vistas spanning to the Puget Sound. This amazing setting will be our classroom as we learn and practice the do’s and don’ts of alpine travel. In preparation for the trip, guides will help each participant find the elusive balance between packing too much and leaving something critical behind. We will host a gear check at least three days prior to the climb to ensure everyone is prepared. After this trip you will have the skills and experience necessary to participate in intermediate climbs such as a climb of Mt. Shukson, more challenging routes on Mt. Baker, and climbs of other peaks in the Cascades and potentially overseas.
Skills Covered during the climb:
- Selection of personal equipment and packing for a glacier climb
- Ice axe positions and self-arrest techniques
- Use of crampons
- Walking techniques with and without crampons
- Climbing knots
- Glacier travel skills and rope management
- Navigation and route finding
- Hazard assessment
- Cold weather camping skills
- Leave No Trace
Note: Depending on weather conditions, we may change the summit day to the second day of the itinerary and sleep-in on the third day for a relaxed hike out. There could be other changes due to bad weather, unsafe route conditions, or for other reasons beyond our control.
Duration3 Days, 2 nights camping
PassportNot Required for Americans
Minimum Age18 years old
ActivityBackpacking, mountaineering, and general outdoor safety skills
- All permits
- Breakfast and Dinner
- Chai/Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate
- Stoves/Cook Kits
- Group climbing equipment
- Guide Services
- Pre-trip Planning/Information
session on packing & gear
- Backpacking, mountaineering, and general outdoor safety skills
- Transportation (We will help arrange carpools or transportation can be provided for extra fees)
- Gratuities for Guides
The trip will start with meeting at least 3 days before the start date. We will go through the following:
- Clothing, layering
- Backcountry nutrition, hydration
- Tent, Tent-partners
- Personal gear check, gear rental
- Ten essentials
- Trip details, weather, plan for each day
Note: Depending on weather conditions, we may change the summit day to the second day of the itinerary and sleep in on the third day for a relaxed hike out. There could be other changes due to bad weather, unsafe route conditions, and other reasons beyond our control.
Sample Itinerary for the Coleman-Demming Route
I was part of a group that summitted Mt. Baker in early August this year. Overall, it was a great experience. I went into it not knowing what to expect from a guided climb (my past few had been unguided) and was pleasantly surprised. I was concerned that I'd be bored, but was happy to find that they did a great job juggling our group's varying skill levels, and I walked away feeling like I had learned and progressed as a climber. Ben and Anthony are both very knowledgeable (you can always learn from guides, it just depends how much time they have to teach!) and I found myself getting a bunch of new experiences even just in the 24 hours that we climbed. I was also impressed by their abilities to read us and judge when clients needed encouraging or advice. They did a great job managing us, and I remember the moment that my attitude turned from "this isn't going to happen but it's still experience" to "holy crap, we have a shot!" After toughing it out through some rain, blustering winds, and low visibility, the skies cleared up and we had our chance. Thanks to Ben and Anthony for the positive attitudes and guidance that weekend! I'd definitely join them again in the future.
What an awesome experience to go on climbing Mt. Rainier with Miyar Adventures. Sandeep and his team of guides ( Kirk, Alexis, Joe, Ben, Chris, Jasmin ) did an awesome job to lead the multiple rope teams trough snow skill preparations and guiding through safely on glacier journey. The amount of efforts put into multi-month preparation, pre-trip meetings, accessibility to gears for rent and attention to details with food/weight/personal gears were all instrumental in almost all of us (in a group of 24) able to summit Mt. Rainier and have wonderful memories. We knew we were in best company and safe hands with prior experience with Miyar Adventures led climb to Mt. Baker and few other preparation trips. And guides calibrated their approach from novice climbers to experienced climbers to push enough to have an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend to go with Miyar Adventures on amazing trips they have lined up around the Puget Sound Area and internationally.
This was my first time technical/glacier climb under great guides assistance & summited Mt. Baker & can't wait for more to come, see you soon ;)
If you are interested in doing any climbing or hiking but need a guide , I highly recommend Miyar Adventures...Sandeep is a wonderful person and you will actually learn (and practice ) climbing and crevasse rescue techniques in addition to the trip/climb ...it is definitely beyond a just a "get you to the summit" experience. He genuinely cares and brings in other excellent guides for bigger groups. My husband and I recently successfully made it to the summit of Mount Baker with Sandeep, two other guides and a group of friends and we had a fantastic experience. He and the guides he works with are very knowledgeable so I had confidence in their abilities to lead us but they are also very friendly and fun so that overall trip was enjoyable. I will definitely climb with Miyar Adventures again!
I've climbed Rainier and Baker (+several other training hikes) with Sandeep and other guides from Miyar Adventures. The climbs were made super fun, safe, and informational. With Sandeep's detailed prior planning, extensive know-how of the mountaineering practices, and long climbing experience, you know the climb is going to be safe with great chances of summit. Before all big climbs, Sandeep does an indoor session to discuss the itinerary and answer any concerns. You'll definitely learn a lot whenever you spend time with Sandeep. He has expertise in all forms of climbing: mountaineering, rock and ice. So it also makes it easy to try other activities because you already know the guide well. I've taken instructions from few other guides as well and I wouldn't doubt to state that Sandeep is the best guide I've climbed with! He'll keep you motivated and answer your questions with patience. He'd have fun stories to tell from his rescue ops, first ascents, or other hard climbs. He is ready to make adjustments based on the preferences of the group which is a key in making the trip not only successful but also enjoyable. I can't recommend Miyar Adventures enough! Give them a try and you'll be glad you did.