Appropriately named “The Great White Watcher” by the local tribes, Mount Baker frames the picturesque landscape islands, and farms below. From the summit, views of the spires and peaks of the North Cascades are truly breathtaking, with Rainier, Adams, and Glacier Peak piercing through the clouds below.
The Coleman Deming Route, along with the Easton Glacier, is one of the “standard” routes up the mountain, and the perfect place to learn new glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills for new climbers, or refresh old skills for more seasoned mountaineers. Climbers can ice climb seracs and crevasses even in the height of summer. Our route involves challenging route finding through icefalls, seracs, and large crevasses.
Our trek in begins at 5,500’ and takes around three to four hours, hiking through ancient forest and high alpine meadows ripe with wildflowers, before we reach the ice and set up camp. Our next day is dedicated to going over snow travel and crevasse rescue techniques to prepare for the next day’s ascent.
Summit day begins in the quiet and magical pre-dawn hours as we gear up for rope-team travel. We will navigate a safe path past magnificent crevasses and alpine walls towards the summit. The ascent takes around five to seven hours and we should arrive on the summit in the morning hours when the light streams across the roof of the North Cascades and the peaks of Southern Canada.