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Mt. Baker Leave No Trace Master Educator Course and Climb

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    Price
    $975
    Deposit
    $400
    Duration
    6 days
    Difficulty
    Level 2
    Type
    Mountaineering
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Mt. Baker Leave No Trace Master Educator Course and Climb

Mt. Baker Leave No Trace Master Educator Course and Climb

This unique program couples a Leave No Trace Master Educator course with mountaineering skills instruction and an ascent of a classic North Cascade peak, Mt. Baker. This is an LNT Master Educator certification course. Successful graduates of the course are able to teach and certify students on Leave No Trace Trainer courses and Awareness Workshops.

CLIMB HIGHLIGHTS

  • A full day of mountaineering training plus camp craft and self-care skills to prepare for the climb.
  • A complete Leave No Trace Master Educator course with an emphasis on LNT techniques in an alpine environment, designed for backcountry educators.
  • A classroom consisting of old growth forests, heather meadows, and high alpine glaciers.
  • A summit attempt on a Cascade classic, Mt. Baker.

Upper Sandy Camp
Baker from the air
Descending Baker's Easton Glacier
Sunrise and Mt. Baker's shadow
Mt. Baker aerial

The Mt. Baker Leave No Trace Master Educator Course and Climb is the perfect adventure for those new to climbing or those who have previous climbing experience. The Leave No Trace Master Educator course provides participants with extensive training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics, through practical application in a field-based setting. The Master Educator course is designed for people who are actively teaching backcountry skills or providing recreation information to the public.

During a five-day ascent of Mt. Baker, the course will focus on the specifics of running a Leave No Trace Trainer program – planning, logistics, equipment, managing groups in the field, risk management, teaching techniques, and more. With one classroom day and five days spent in the field, the course will cover the Seven Leave No Trace Principles and discuss outdoor ethics in-depth, as well as give the participants the tools and techniques for disseminating low-impact skills to outdoor enthusiasts.

We lead the Mt. Baker Leave No Trace Master Educator Course and Climb at a 3 to 1 student to guide ratio ensuring that you receive a high degree of hands-on instruction and attention throughout the program.

This climb is an entry level program and is appropriate for students in great physical condition with no prior mountaineering knowledge. A full day of introductory mountaineering skills training is included in the itinerary. Additionally, clothing and equipment details, and mountaineering self-care techniques are taught and put into practice prior to the climb.

High Camp on Baker's Easton Glacier

THE RMI DIFFERENCE

The Mountain Guides at RMI have a reputation as top guides in the United States. RMI Guides participated in some of America’s first ventures into the far reaches of the Himalaya. Years of expedition guiding and alpine climbing around the world have built a core of consummate professional guides.

Our guides are celebrated teachers and trainers, known for their leadership as well as their character. They possess the compassion, enthusiasm and ability to empower others and inspire them forward. Such qualities may only be found in people at the top of their profession. Despite their vast experience, RMI Guides still remember their own first steps into the mountains, and enjoy helping other climbers reach new heights.

Our exceptional focus to detail, our unparalleled level of climber attention, and our genuine excitement for these adventures make our programs truly memorable.

SAFETY

RMI strives to create the safest mountain experience possible. Our experienced team of guides focuses on leading fun and successful climbs without compromising safety. Each climb includes careful pre-trip planning, daily weather forecasts, avalanche forecasts, and diligent attention to detail. All RMI Guides are highly trained in remote medicine and rescue skills and carry comprehensive medical kits, rescue equipment, and radio communication equipment throughout the program. Regardless of the objective or the destination, safety remains RMI's top priority.

As you prepare for your upcoming adventure please feel free to contact our office and speak directly to one of our experienced guides regarding equipment, conditioning, the route, or any other questions you may have about our programs. We are available Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (888) 89-CLIMB or info@rmiguides.com.


Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National ForestAuthorized Special Use Permit

RMI Expeditions is operated under special use permit with the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).”


Leave No TraceLeave No Trace

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide.

In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you - the world we all enjoy.

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  • Price
    $975
    Deposit
    $400
    Duration
    6 days
    Difficulty
    Level 2
    Type
    Mountaineering
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Day 1

ORIENTATION & APPROACH • 56' | 17M

8:00 a.m. Meet at the Sedro-Woolley Ranger Station.

The group meets at the Sedro-Woolley Ranger Station in the North Cascades, Washington. Please see our Travel Details document for driving directions and carpool opportunities. This will be a classroom day. Your RMI guides will begin the program with team introductions, a course overview, and safety discussion. We then begin our Leave No Trace Master Educator course instruction: scientific foundation of Leave No Trace, teaching methods, and an overview of the seven principles of Leave No Trace. In order to better equip students for teaching Leave No Trace Trainer Courses, each participant will teach at least one class in the field during their Master Educator course. Students will be given their teaching assignments prior to arriving for the program. After group gear distribution and personal gear check we retire to a group campground for night.



Day 2

PARK BUTTE TRAILHEAD • 3,360' | 1,024M

From our campground we will drive for a half hour to the trailhead at Schreibers Meadow. A hike through old growth forest and high alpine meadows takes us to camp. The day is comprised of student taught lessons, Leave No Trace camp skills and travel.

After setting up a solid mountain camp, we spend the remaining afternoon hours teaching our lessons and begin our Master Educator action plans.



Day 3

PINE BUTTE MEADOWS CAMP • 5,000' | 1,524M

The day’s hike takes 3-4 hours to complete. As we move up towards camp, we continue our student taught lessons and discuss the science behind the Leave No Trace principles.



Day 4

HIGH CAMP AND MOUNTAINEERING SCHOOL • 6,600' | 2,011M

We head up into the alpine zone to begin our mountaineering training. The hike to high camp takes 2-3 hours. We’ll establish our camp on snow using Alpine Leave No Trace skills pioneered at Rainier Mountaineering. We then head out onto the surrounding slopes to begin our training. Climbers are introduced to a number of skills, from the foundational techniques of efficient mountain travel (rest-stepping and pressure breathing) through cramponing, roped travel, and ice axe arrest practices. The training is a great introduction to mountaineering for novice climbers as well as a refresher for those with previous experience, ensuring that all climbers have the basic skills to climb safely and comfortably together on the mountain.

Our first priority is the safety of all team members. During the School you will be asked to demonstrate that your fitness will allow you to climb safely and that you are able to perform the new climbing skills proficiently.

After the day of skills training, we return to camp where we make our final summit preparations, enjoy dinner, and go to bed early for the next day's climb.



Day 5

SUMMIT DAY (10,781') • 6,600' | 2,011M

The summit ascent - Our day begins with a pre-dawn alpine start to give us ample time for this full day of climbing. The Easton Glacier is a fun, moderate climb on which we employ our cramponing, route finding and navigational skills, as we ascend slowly, making our way past crevasses to the 9,600’ Sherman Crater immediately south of the summit. From here, it is usually about an hour to the top, and the climb above involves a short section of 30-degree climbing.

After enjoying the views and summit congratulations we retrace our steps back to camp. We will take a good rest once back and then finish participant classes and work on action plans before turning in for another evening with amazing views of the surrounding North Cascades.



Day 6

DESCENT AND PROGRAM CONCLUSION • 56' | 17M

Our morning in camp is used to finish We get an early start in order to get down to Sedro-Woolley with ample time for our Leave No Trace Master Educator closing remarks, evaluations and possible next steps. After that we can celebrate a successful and fun 5 days of Leave No Trace training and mountaineering skills.

We generally arrive back at the town of Sedro-Woolley by early afternoon where we gather as a team to celebrate our adventure.

*We do not recommend scheduling an airline flight before midnight on the last day of your program.


Leave No TraceLeave No Trace

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide.

In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you - the world we all enjoy.



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Travel Consultant

RMI has partnered with Erin Rountree to provide comprehensive travel support. We have been working with Erin for many years. As an independent agent of the Travel Society, she has booked countless miles for adventure travelers across the globe and is extremely knowledgeable about the travel needs of our programs. Please call (208) 788-2870 or send email to etravel@cox.net.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend travel insurance for this trip. Your travel insurance policy should include trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, baggage loss or delay, medical expenses, and evacuation.

Navigating through the different options for travel insurance can be challenging. To help make the process straightforward, we have partnered with Harbor Travel Insurance because their policies are specifically designed for adventure travel and offer coverage for remote areas, and for activities like mountaineering, climbing, skiing, and trekking, without any altitude restrictions.

The most comprehensive coverage available is Cancel For Any Reason. This policy must be purchased within 14 days of making the first deposit payment towards your program. While this coverage is more expensive, it allows you to cancel for any reason no less than 48 hours before your departure date and still receive a refund of up to 75% of your costs.

When purchasing Travel Insurance, here are a few items to consider:

  • Read the fine print. Travel Insurance will refund you when canceling for a covered reason for any non-refundable cancellation fees. However, there are exclusions, so make sure you understand the “covered reasons.”
  • Purchase coverage for Cancel For Any Reason within 14 days of making the first deposit payment towards your program.
  • Confirm that your activity is a covered “activity.” Not all travel insurance policies will offer coverage for activities such as mountaineering, climbing, skiing, or trekking adventures. Policies can also exclude coverage for activities due to the gear used (crampons, ice axe), for activities that go above certain elevations, or for activities in a particular region of the world. If there are exclusions, you may need to add an “Adventure” or “Sports” package to cover your activity.
  • Verify that your state of residence is allowed with the policy that you are purchasing. Not all insurance companies offer policies in all 50 states.

 

Harbor InsuranceHarbor Travel Insurance covers the following critical benefits:

 

  • Evacuation to a nearest appropriate hospital once hospitalized.
  • Trip cancellation/interruption, primary medical expense coverage, sporting goods, baggage loss, emergency dental, AD&D and more.
  • Completely integrated one-stop program with a single contact for emergency services to travel assistance and insurance claims
  • 24/7 access to paramedics, nurses and military veterans.

Harbor Travel Insurance is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel security risk company. Their team is comprised of special operations veterans, paramedics, Stanford Medicine affiliated physicians, former intelligence officers, insurance actuaries and global security experts with dozens of years of experience in theaters around the world. The Redpoint network covers the globe, making them uniquely equipped to provide elite rescue travel insurance – in every sense of the word.

Getting There

You are responsible for your own transportation to the program's trailhead. Most climbers will fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) the evening before the program and rent a car for the 1 3/4 hour drive. The town of Mt. Vernon is approximately 76 miles and an hour and twenty minutes from SeaTac depending on traffic congestion. You will find a few more hotel and breakfast options here than in Sedro-Woolley. The small town of Sedro-Woolley, "The Gateway to the North Cascades", is approximately an hour and forty minutes from SeaTac. Our meeting place is the Sedro-Woolley Ranger Station, 810 SR 20 (corner of Highway 9 north and State Route 20) in Sedro-Woolley. We meet at 8:00a.m. Click here for driving directions.

After a team meeting we drive to the climb's trailhead. You will need a Northwest Forest Service parking pass to leave your car at the trailhead. Passes are $30 and valid for one year. There may be an opportunity to leave some vehicles at the Ranger Station and carpool with other team members. Northwest Forest Service parking passes are available for sale at the ranger station.

Ride Share: If you are participating in a climb and are interested in sharing a ride, please post your information in the "Ride Share" forum of your North Cascades Discussion Board by logging into your RMI Account.

Area Accommodations

Spend the night in either Sedro Woolley or the nearby town of Mt. Vernon.

Weather

For updated North Cascades weather forecasts, click here.

Facts

Mt. Baker holds the record for the most recorded snowfall in a single season at 1,140 inches.

Mt. Baker was volcanically active as recently as 1891.

For more facts click here, and for even more click here.

Resources

General Information on Mt. Baker.

Mt. Baker map.

Communities & Activities outside Mt. Baker, click here.

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What You’ll Need

A list of required personal equipment accompanies every RMI program, and the thought process behind each item is much greater than simply “preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.” The list for your program takes into account factors such as: seasonality, route conditions, weather, elevation and more. As such, this list is framed within the broadest of contexts and is dynamic by its very nature. Therefore, certain variables (additions and/or subtractions) are inherent within such an all-encompassing list. We make every effort to recommend only top of the line clothing and technical gear and it is never our intention for you to buy or rent unnecessary gear.

The Guide Pick is an example of the listed item, giving you an idea of the material and specifications of the item. This exact item does not need to be purchased or used; however, any item you choose must have similar characteristics and performance abilities to the Guide Pick.

RMI Guides concur on the potential necessity of every item, thus every item on the list is required at gear check. However, guides may also have suggestions derived from their experience, some of which will vary from a given list. The guides’ recommendation whether to bring along or leave behind certain item(s) comes during the gear check, when the team first meets. Occasionally this recommendation comes at the expense of having previously purchased an item. If a guide presents the option of leaving behind certain item(s) on the list of required equipment, it is for a reason. Their recommendation may be related to the weather, route conditions, freezing level, perceived strength of the party, or desired pack weight.

Ultimately, there will never be a consensus for a “perfect” equipment list for an ascent. It does not exist because of the multitude of variables faced by climbers throughout the climb. Please follow this equipment list closely so that you will arrive for the gear check with all the required items. Keep in mind the list is not black and white, fine tuning will occur once you meet with your guide. Have a great climb!

If you are planning on renting gear for your climb, there are two options. Please note rental items are not shipped. Pick-up/Drop-off is at the store location. 

REI Seattle - 222 Yale Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109 | Phone: (206) 223-1944. REI Seattle rents the following items: ice axe, crampons, helmet, and boots. Call to reserve your rental gear.

Northwest Mountain Shop -  829 Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 | Phone: (360) 854-8761. Most of the required equipment is available for rent or purchase. Equipment can be reserved online.


  • Most of the required equipment is available for purchase from our affiliate Whittaker Mountaineering. RMI climbers receive a 10% discount on new clothing and equipment items ordered from Whittaker Mountaineering when they use code RMI2020 at checkout. This offer excludes sale items, rentals, meal packages, and Feathered Friends.

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Equipment List

    • ICE AXE

      The length of your axe depends on your height. Use the following general mountaineering formula: up to 5'8", use a 65 cm axe; 5'8" to 6'2", use a 70 cm axe; and taller, use a 75 cm axe. If you hold the axe so that it hangs comfortably at your side, the spike of the axe should still be a few inches above the ground.

    • CLIMBING HARNESS

      We recommend a comfortable, adjustable alpine climbing harness. Removable, drop seat, or adjustable leg loops are convenient for managing your clothing layers over the course of the climb and facilitate going to the bathroom.

    • GLACIER GLASSES

      Glacier glasses are protective sunglasses that provide close to 100% frame coverage (wrap-around frames and side shields ensure no light can enter from the top, bottom, and sides of the glasses) and transmit less than 10% of visual light.

    • GOGGLES

      Amber or rose-tinted goggles for adverse weather. On windy days, climbers, especially contact lens wearers, may find photochromatic lenses the most versatile in a variety of light conditions.

    • Each glove layer is worn separately as conditions change during the climb.

    • We recommend a minimum of five upper body layers, all of which can be used in conjunction with each other. Two of these should be insulating layers, one light and one medium, that fit well together. Today there are many different layering systems to choose from, including fleece, soft-shell, down and synthetic options.

    • We recommend a system of four layers, all of which can be used in conjunction with each other. Products which combine several layers into one garment, such as traditional ski pants, don’t work well as they don’t offer the versatility of a layering system.

    • MEALS & SNACKS

      See the Food tab for suggestions and quantities.

    • INSULATED MUG

      Insulated outdoor-style mug. We recommed a model with a removable lid, which helps retain heat and prevent spills.

    • 2 - 3 WATER BOTTLES

      One-liter water bottles with wide mouths made of co-polyester (BPA-free plastic).

    • 2 LARGE GARBAGE BAGS

      Heavy-duty trash compacter bags for use as waterproof pack/stuff sack liners. You can also use a a waterproof pack liner.

    • PERSONAL TOILETRIES & BAG

      Include toilet paper, hand sanitizer, toothbrush and toothpaste, and wet wipes. Bring a quantity appropriate to the duration of your trip.

    • SUNSCREEN

      We recommend small tubes of SPF 30 or higher, which can be carried in pockets for easy access and to prevent freezing.

    • EAR PLUGS
    • SPARE CONTACT LENSES/ EYEGLASSES (OPTIONAL)

      Spare prescription glasses if you wear contact lenses/eyeglasses.

    • PEE FUNNEL (FOR WOMEN, OPTIONAL)

      Practice using this before coming on the climb!

    • PEE BOTTLE (OPTIONAL)

      One clearly-marked wide-mouth or collapsible bottle for overnight use.

    • CAMERA (OPTIONAL)

      Many smartphones have excellent cameras. Action cameras, small point-and-shoots, and compact dSLRs are lightweight and work well at altitude.

    • SMALL NOTEBOOK

      A small Rite in the Rain or similar journal for LNT Master course work and notes.

    • WRITING IMPLEMENT

      For taking notes

    • SMALL PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT

      Our guides carry comprehensive medical kits, so keep yours small and light. We recommend a selection of adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, Moleskin and blister care, medical tape and/or duct tape, basic pain reliever, and personal medications.

    • TRAVEL CLOTHES

      We recommend bringing a selection of comfortable clothing to wear while traveling as well as pre- and post-trip.

    • SUNGLASSES
    • Purchase travel insurance.

    • Purchase airplane tickets.

    • Arrange transportation and lodging.

    • Reserve rental equipment.

    • Be in the best shape of your life!


Provided Equipment

RMI provides the following equipment for your program: tents, stoves, group cooking equipment, fuel, climbing ropes and anchors, and blue bags (for solid waste disposal).

Every guide on your climb will carry rescue equipment and a first aid kit. Each climb has two-way radios and a cell phone for emergency contact.

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