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Mountaineering will challenge you physically, mentally, and emotionally. It will humble you. And, it will reward you.
Mount Shuksan is the epitome of the jagged alpine peak. Its four major faces and five ridges has been ascended by 14 routes, all complex and and challenging in their own right. This three-day guided trip will take you to the summit via the Sulphide Glacier Route.
The majestic approach passes through alpine meadows full of wildflowers and mountain goats to the Sulphide Glacier. From the base of the summit pyramid, there's a 400-foot Class III scramble to the 9,131-foot summit. On the descent, you'll do multiple rappels to the base of the glacier, giving you the opportunity to learn how to rappel in a safe, guided environment. Camp in the toe of the glacier—in the heart of the North Cascades, surrounded by jagged peaks and with Mount Baker looming in the distance.
Hike to high camp
Meet your guides and group at 8 a.m. at the Sedro-Woolley Ranger Station. Run through a gear check and drive to the trailhead. From there, you'll hike to your camp at the base of Sulphide Glacier, and participate in a basic skills review course.
Rise early and begin climbing the Sulphide Glacier from camp to the base of the summit pyramid. Scramble Class III rock to the summit and take in the views. Rappel down, descend to camp, and reflect on your accomplishment.
Return to trailhead
After breakfast, pack up your gear and return to the trailhead.
NW Alpine Guides are veteran mountaineers who believe in giving personal attention to each and every one of their mountain climbing customers. Celebrating over 20 years of guiding experience, Dennis has dedicated his entire life to exploring the remote corners of the world through trekking and climbing. Northwest Alpine Guides' parent company, Mountain Gurus, is dedicated to providing their clients with the finest international guides and world-class tour operators. They specialize in leading treks and tours, Northwest climbs and courses, and mountaineering expeditions to many of the most exciting destinations on Earth, including all of the Seven Summits.
Dennis is a wonderful and personable guide as were his assistants while we scaled Mt Rainer in July 2013. He took the time to answer our questions before the trip to ensure we had the right gear and were prepared for our adventure. Dennis and crew were very knowledgeable, friendly and I would highly recommend them for your mountaineering adventure.
— Mike S.
In early July 2013, I went on 3-day climb to Mt. Rainier with 3 other climbers and our 2 guides, Dennis and Craig. Both of them did an excellent job preparing us for the climb; everything from making sure we had the right clothing, equipment, food, and hydration. Throughout the climb to basecamp, they constantly monitored our physical condition and made sure that each of us was keeping pace. At basecamp they took very good care of us by preparing the meals, melting snow for our water bottles and even set up the tents in which we slept. On summit day, they continued to monitor our physical condition, encouraged us to hydrate at every rest stop and made sure that we were all keeping pace and not falling behind. At around the 13,500 foot level, it became clear to both Dennis and Craig that a different route to the summit would need to be taken because of deteriorating conditions on the mountain due to glacial movement. At the same time, 2 members of the climbing party had started to slow down and were not feeling well. For safety reasons, Dennis and Craig then made the decision to turn the climbing party around and head back down to basecamp.
Despite not being able to reach the summit, everyone on the team agreed that the decision to turn around was the right decision. Dennis and Craig were looking out for our safety first and for that, I am very grateful. The experience of climbing with them and the other members of the party is something that I will always remember. We all had a great time and the scenery was absolutely spectacular! I would highly recommend to anyone thinking of climbing Mt. Rainer to consider going with Mountain Gurus. Dennis and Craig are excellent guides and they will take you to places that very few people get to experience in their lifetime, and they will take very good care of you at the same time!
— Sal M.
To summarize my trip with Dennis and mountain gurus I would say that Dennis is a highly professional guide.He has a great sense of humor and is very patient. When things get serious on the mountain, he is all business and takes full control of the situation with excellent command.
The equipment and food that Mountain gurus provided was of top notch quality and the instruction and information was very valuable.
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Jun 28th, 2017 – Jun 30th, 2017
Jul 28th, 2017 – Jul 30th, 2017
Aug 21st, 2017 – Aug 23rd, 2017
Aug 30th, 2017 – Sep 1st, 2017
Sep 10th, 2017 – Sep 12th, 2017
Sep 10th, 2017 – Sep 12th, 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I meet my guides?
Meet your guides at 9 a.m. on the first day of your itinerary at the ranger station in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.
Is travel to the meeting location included?
Travel to the meeting location is not included. Each person is responsible for getting to the trailhead on their own.
What are the accommodations like?
You'll be sharing mountaineering tents with other participants for the duration of the trip.
What do I need to bring?
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure information upon finalizing your reservation.
How physically fit should I be for this trip?
You'll be required to carry a 45–50 pound pack containing your personal and group gear. Above average physical conditioning is required, but no high altitude experience is necessary. Prior climbing experience is beneficial.
Should I purchase travel insurance? If so, do you have a recommended provider?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for all trips. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. For travel insurance suggestions, please email us.
Can I cancel the trip?
You may cancel reservations up to 72 hours after a booking is made. After that time period, all cancellations/modifications are granted at the sole discretion of Northwest Alpine Guides. Cancellation processing fees may apply.
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