Mt. Shuksan

Max 9 peopleModerate difficulty Intermediate experience

Upcoming dates:

August 02

9 spots left

Overview

Standing 9,131 feet tall, Mt Shuksan’s rugged metamorphic walls and spectacular hanging glaciers have made it one of the most photographed peaks in the world. The guide(s) will help you navigate the Sulphide Glacier route, complete with massive crevasses, moderate snow and ice slopes, and a short section of steep rock scrambling. Once at base camp we will coach you on the skills necessary for safe glacier travel, including ice axe arrest, use of crampons, climbing knots to attach to the rope, and rockfall hazard assessment. Following this climb you will have the skills necessary to attempt more challenging routes in the Cascades, such as the West Ridge of Forbidden Peak or the North Ridge of Mt. Baker.

Trip host

Glen Young


Reviews: 196

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.

Itinerary

Day 1: Hike to the base camp

- Meet at a convenient Park & Ride at 8:00 am in the Seattle Area. Set up carpools.  

- Drive from Seattle to the trailhead (2,500 feet). Approximate driving time is 3 hours.  

- Listen to a briefing at the trailhead.  

- Hike to base camp (5,400 feet) taking breaks to eat, hydrate, enjoy views, and take pictures. Approximate hiking time 5-6 hours.  

- Set up camp with the help of your guides.  

- Begin lessons about snow walking and basic ice axe skills.  

Accommodations

On day 1, for 2 days

We will provide tents and expect you to being your own sleeping pads and sleeping bags.  

Pricing

Included:

Accommodation
Guide fees

Excluded:

All meals
Alcoholic beverages
Gratuities
Transfers
Flights
Admission fees
Porter
Visas
Travel insurance
Personal gear
Luggage transfers

Do not forget to arrange for the requisite passport, visa and travel insurance.

We try our best to ensure accurate and up-to-date guide information, but in some cases this may change due to emergencies or other unforeseen guide scheduling challenges. In any case, another highly-rated, certified guide with similar experience would lead your trip and you will be kept informed of any such case.

3 days, 2 nights

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$896   ($299/person/day)

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