Kulshan

Kulshan (Mount Baker)

Trip Details

Push for the summit of Washington’s third tallest peak, the iconic Kulshan, and have an unforgettable adventure. The highest peak in the North Cascades, this mountain has been known and loved for thousands of years. Create your own memories with Kulshan/Mt. Baker and climb it with us in a three-day experience that includes a mountaineering skills clinic.

We provide all group gear, skilled guides, and instruction. Transportation is provided from the Swamp Creek Park and Ride in Lynnwood and back.

Itinerary
  • Day 1: Groups will meet and drive to the trailhead to start hiking around 10-11 AM. They will hike 5 miles to high camp, at 6,000 feet. Part 1 of skills clinic will occur that afternoon.
  • Day 2: Part 2 of the snow skills clinic runs until noon, then the groups will prepare for the climb. There will be an early bedtime in anticipation of an 11 PM wake up.
  • Day 3: The climb starts at midnight, with a goal of summiting at 6-7 AM. Groups will be back at high camp by noon to pack up. The return time to the Seattle/Tacoma metropolitan area will be dependent on group speed, trail conditions, and traffic conditions.
Gear Provided
  • Tents
  • Group kitchen gear, stove, and fuel
  • Group gear for mountaineering
  • All entrance fees, permits and passes 
  • First-aid kit and satellite phone
Paperwork
Pre-Trip Gear Check

All personal mountaineering gear must be checked by a Sahale staff member before the trip date. In the two weeks before the trip, gear checks may be scheduled in person at our Education Center in Fife, WA, or virtually over video. The day before the trip is scheduled, the Sahale Education Center in Fife, WA will be open for in-person gear checks.

Personal gear should fit you well, boots should be broken in, and gear should be in good working condition. If you have questions about whether or not your gear will be acceptable, please schedule your gear check earlier, and preferably in person.

Highlights

Climb one of Washington’s most iconic glaciated peaks

Difficulty Level

Beginner: A good route for beginner climbers, requires good physical fitness. Participants must be able to use gear effectively, self-arrest, and travel on a rope team after completing skills clinic.


Length

Three days

2024 Climb:

July 26-27


Price: $1,100 per person

Includes group gear, transportation, guiding fees, and all permits and passes.

Our mission is to make outdoor recreation accessible to all. If you cannot afford the total trip cost, send us a brief message at trips@sahaleoutdoors.org to request a payment plan or sliding scale pricing.


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Summit Policy

Sahale Outdoors cannot guarantee attainment of the summit. Unpredictable factors such as weather, route conditions, personal abilities, or the capabilities of fellow climbers may lead to circumstances rendering an ascent unsafe. Consequently, the group may need to turn back without reaching the summit. Sahale Outdoors bears no responsibility for the failure to reach the summit, whether due to personal fitness limitations or events inherent to mountaineering (e.g., weather changes, route conditions, avalanche risks, team dynamics, etc.), and such instances will not result in a refund, credit, or rescheduling.

Sahale Outdoors retains the right to dismiss a participant from a program or relocate them to a lower altitude if, at the discretion of the Sahale Outdoors Guide Staff, it is determined that the participant is physically, technically, or psychologically unprepared for or incapable of engaging in the program. This decision may be made for any reason that could jeopardize the safety, health, or well-being of the participant or the entire group. In such cases, the participant is not eligible for refunds or credits and is financially responsible for all additional costs related to an early departure, including evacuation, transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, etc.


Indigenous Land

Nooksack

“Our ancestors set the rules we live by. It is our job to take care of this land through the ways that have been handed down to us, from generation to generation, so that we can make a better future for our children.”

Nooksack Cultural Resources Department

The Nooksack people have lived along the Nooksack River, from Bellingham Bay to Kweq’ Smánit/Kulshan (Mt. Baker), since time immemorial. There is no record in Nooksack tradition of ever living anywhere else. Their name comes from a place name in their language, and translates to “always bracken fern roots,” illustrating their close ties to the land and the resources that nourish their people.

The Nooksack have fought hard for their tribal lands and rights, becoming a federally recognized tribe in 1973, a hundred years after they defied attempts to force them to move from the Nooksack Valley to the Lummi Reservation, since they were not granted a reservation in the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855. A major focus of Nooksack tribal programs today is land and resources, with a special emphasis on fishing. Fishing in the Nooksack River and salt water areas is an important source of income and food for many families, as well as being a source of cultural pride and identity. 

~ This information was found on NooksackTribe.org


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