climb with melissa
Climb with Melissa Arnot Reid
Guide and co-owner Melissa Arnot Reid leads private trips all over the world. Most often these are with repeat groups and individuals and not advertised. Want to climb with Melissa? Every summer she offers public small-group climbs on Mt. Baker and other NW peaks. These are announced via her social media and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis.
Another option: Melissa often guides the annual Mt. Rainier fundraiser climb for The Juniper Fund, a nonprofit she co-founded in 2012. Learn more here.
MT. BAKER 2-DAY ITINERARY
DAY 1 — Approach, setup camp, skills training and review
DAY 2 — Summit day, pack up camp, descend to the trailhead.
WHERE TO MEET
Varies depending on which route we choose prior to the trip:
Easton Glacier, Squak Glacier:
Sedro Woolley, WA
Information on gear, food, packing, travel and accommodations can be found here: Preparing For Your Climb
Equipment List: Mt. Baker Gear List PDF
Excellent physical fitness is required for this trip. You should be able to hike/climb for 1-2 hours at a stretch, taking 10 minute breaks, for up to 12 hours.
You should be able to ascend 3000′ in a day carrying 50+lbs on your back, and 5000′ in a day carrying 30 lbs on your back.
Physical conditioning should not be underestimated – mountaineering is a strenuous activity.
Guiding and instruction
Group equipment: tents, ropes, stove, fuel, etc.
Backcountry permit costs
Personal equipment and food
Parking permit (NW Forest Pass)
Photo: Gabe Rogel