Climbing in the "American Alps".
North Cascades National Park is comprised of 318 glaciers, a high concentration of steep peaks offering high quality alpine climbing and good rock, in a venue that is often compared to the European Alps.
We generally recommend at least 3 days for these trips, depending on the location.
DAY 1 — Approach, setup camp, skills review
DAY 2 — Summit day, return to camp
DAY 3 — Pack up camp, descend to trailhead
Previous climbing/mountaineering experience is required for most of these trips. Experience on rock and/or multi-pitch climbs is beneficial.
Excellent physical fitness is essential. 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.
WHERE TO MEET
Mt. Shuksan, Sulphide Glacier (II, 4th class rock, 30-40° snow)
Eldorado Peak, East Ridge (II, 35° snow)
Sahale Peak, Quien Sabe Glacier (II, 35° snow/ice, 4th class rock)
Mt. Shuksan, Fisher Chimneys (III, low 5th class rock, 40-50° snow/ice)
Forbidden Peak, West Ridge (III, 5.6, 50° snow/ice)
Mt. Shuksan, North Face (IV, 50° snow/ice, low 5th class rock)
Torment-Forbidden Traverse (IV, 5.6, 50° snow/ice)
We guide most climbs in the North Cascades at a 2:1 ratio.
Guiding and instruction
Group equipment: tents, ropes, stove, fuel, etc.
Backcountry permit costs
Personal equipment and food
Parking permit (NW Forest Pass)
We guide climbs in the North Cascades on a custom basis for private groups and individuals. Depending on the route, the season ranges from May to September.
From $1125/person for 3 days (varies depending on group size)
NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK TOPO MAP
Click on the stars for key locations.
Zoom out to see trailhead and camp locations.