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Ice Climbing Single Day Class

Skill Level:
Beginner - Intermediate
Fitness Level:
Intermediate - Advanced
Washington - Mt. Baker
2019: February 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14 15; 16; 17; 18
Trip Duration:
8 hours

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Mt Baker Water Ice Climbing course (December - February)

Spend the day learning to Ice Climb next to the Mt Baker Ski area.

Mt Baker Glacier Ice course - Summer (June - October)

Peregrine Mountain Guides mentioned in this article about increasing popularity of Ice Climbing

Spend the day learning Ice Climbing Fundamentals at the foot of Mt Baker.  

This day requires basic day hiking skills.  It is an easy three mile hike in on a large trail.  This lands our group at the foot of one of the coolest playgrounds in the country.  Here we step onto an Ice sheet that is several hundred feet thick and half a mile wide.  It feels as if you have taken a trip to the panet Pluto. There really is nothing quite like it.  Then we use the many many ice cliffs right there at our finger tips to teach you the incredible fun sport of ice climbing.

Level 1 and level 2 skills welcome.

Level 1 Skills you will learn:

  • Introduction to ice climbing equipment
  • Movement on ice
  • Steep ice climbing
  • Ice anchors
  • Rappelling on ice

Level II Skills you will review and learn:

  • Introduction to ice climbing equipment
  • Movement on ice
  • Steep ice climbing
  • Ice anchors
  • Following a Lead climb
  • Multipitch Ice

What is Glacier Ice?

Good question.  Glaciers are formed when snow falls so heavily on the mountain that by the time we reach the end of the summer melting season there is still lots and lots of snow remaining from the previous winter.  The following year this happens again, and the following year again.  This happens every year until decades of snow is piled up onto itself and it never sees the light of day.  With all of the compression from the snow above it no longer retains the qualities of snow.  It is now ice.  

What you will notice on the Coleman Glacier is that there is no snow on this ice.  This is because the ice we climb on this trip actually flows from higher on the mountain.  You see, the Glacier is not attached to the mountain and it becomes very heavy.  The North side of Mt Baker is steep so it simply can not resist the pull of gravity and creeps, torques, grinds, cracks and sinks it's way down hill.