Few people have the opportunity to see a glacier in their lifetime, let alone walk on one. You don't have to venture as far out as Iceland or Patagonia or even Alaska to walk on a Glacier when you live in the second most glaciated state in the US. Join us on a challenging and beautiful hike to the Coleman Glacier of Mt. Baker, where wildflower riddled hillsides frame some of the most beautiful alpine scenery in the country. Our professional mountain guides introduce you to alpine ecology and glaciology as you hike through old growth forest and cross crystal-clear creeks. Once at the toe of the glacier your guide will teach you how to put-on crampons and walk on the stunning glacier ice. See huge crevasses, meltwater holes, blue pools, and towering seracs. Watch marmots and pikas, and count dozens of species of wildflowers and birds. Make sure to bring a good camera for this incredible experience. The hike is 5 miles round-trip and involves 2000 ft. of elevation gain. Crampon compatible mountain boots and crampon rental are included in the cost of this trip Information provided during this experience: Forest ecology of the Pacific Northwest Glaciology, Identification of plants and animals, Hazards in an alpine environment, How to put-on crampons, How to walk on glacier ice. The listed price of $450 per person is for a group size of 5 people. For a group size of 4 people, the price would be $525, group of 3 would be $575 and for a group of 2 would be $650 per person.
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Glen has been working as an alpine guide for sixteen years, having led trips in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific. Glen's climbing and guiding career has included sixteen climbs above 20,000 ft., including technical climbs of peaks such as AmaDablam and Kyajo Ri in Nepal and big glacier routes in Alaska. He's climbed routes on El Cap, Half Dome, and Big Walls in Zion in addition to hundreds of multi-pitch rock routes around the globe. Here in the Northwest he enjoys guiding complex alpine climbs such as the North Ridge of Forbidden and the Fischer Chimneys on Mt. Shuksan. Previously, Glen guided white-water expeditions and taught martial arts. When not in the office or the field he runs a nonprofit in Nepal that provides training to Nepalese mountain guides and funds infrastructure in remote areas of the Himalayas (www.karmaproject-nepal.org). Glen is an AMGA apprentice Rock Guide and Alpine Guide who is working toward IFMGA certification.
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