There is a minimum of 2 participants required to guarantee each departure. Please do not make travel arrangements until you have received confirmation from Northwest Alpine Guides.
Plan to meet your guides at 8:00 am on day 1 of your trip. You'll meet in Sedro Woolley for an equipment check before heading to the trailhead. Northwest Alpine Guides will email you pre-climb information including gear list and departure details upon registration. The small town of Sedro Woolley, often referred to as “The Gateway to the North Cascades," is approximately 76 miles and an hour and thirty minute drive from Seattle or Bellevue depending on traffic. The nearby cities of Mount Vernon and Burlington offer more food and lodging options than Sedro Woolley.
You'll be sharing mountaineering tents with other participants for the duration of the trip. You'll be at either Sandy Camp (6,000 ft) or Hogsback Camp (6,000 ft) depending on the conditions. Camping equipment is included and tents will be double occupancy, paired with someone of the same gender.
During this trip, you'll need to provide all your own meals while on the mountain including 1 breakfast, 2 lunches & snacks, and 1 dinner. Northwest Alpine Guides will provide the group with hot water during breakfast and dinner.
For lunches, NW Alpine Guides recommends a variety of snack food for eating on the go. You won't be stopping for a big lunch break, but rather you'll eat during short maintenance breaks throughout the day. The idea is to keep your energy level up for the climb, eating small amounts about every hour or so. Some examples of snack-lunch foods are dried meats (salami), jerky (turkey, beef, fish), tuna fish, cheese, crackers, bagels, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, candy bars, gummy candy, cookies, energy bars, and GORP trail mix. The importance of having foods that you like to eat cannot be overstated. Eating properly is the key to maintaining strength while in the mountains. A diet of sweet, sour and salty foods is recommended.
For breakfasts and dinners, here is a list of suggested meal ideas for you to prepare prior to the climb:
Alpine breakfast: Instant oatmeal, Pop Tarts, fruit and granola bars, bagels, peanut butter, cream cheese
Dinner: Freeze-dried dinners are easy to prepare but do not always taste good and may affect your stomach. Instant noodle soups and rice are also popular. You may also consider bringing a cold meal such as dried meats, bread, pizza, or sandwiches.
Hot drinks: Coffee, teas, cocoa, cider
Cold water is available for drinking and filling water bottles. Hot water (boiled water) will be provided for your meals (for freeze-dried dinners, instant soups, instant oatmeal, etc) and hot drinks. When preparing meals, please do not bring food items that require cooking or extensive preparation
Plan to bring $10 extra for a trailhead parking pass for 2 days (per vehicle), plus money for gratuities and anything additional you may need for lunch or snacks.
Northwest Alpine Guides will provide you with a detailed pre-climb departure book upon booking including personal gear list, meeting location and driving directions. For your safety and comfort, it’s extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list. Many items such as mountaineering boots, ice axe, crampons, harness, helmet, sleeping bag, clothing, etc. may be rented directly from Northwest Alpine Guides.
This ascent is an entry level summit climb and is suitable for climbers in excellent physical condition with no prior mountaineering experience. A one hour climbing skills training will be taught. No acclimatization is necessary for this program.
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, we recommend World Nomads.
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