North Cascades Mountaineering

Seattle, Washington

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Join a group of motivated peers ages 23 and up for an unforgettable adventure in the Cascade Range. Explore sweeping glaciers and snowfields on the iconic slopes of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan. Build the technical skills you need to live and travel on ice and snow. Along the way, develop your leadership style and learn to manage risk effectively. Watch the sun rise over snow-covered peaks, then prepare for a summit attempt with your team.As you backpack through old growth forests on your way to the glaciers, you’ll focus on the basics, like cooking on a campstove and practicing Leave No Trace. Once you reach the glaciers, you’ll move into the climbing curriculum, starting with knots and rope handling and progressing to belaying and traveling on a rope team. As you navigate boulder fields and high mountain passes, you’ll also learn about mountain ecosystems and glaciology.Throughout the expedition, you’ll grow your leadership skills. Practice good communication and teamwork while learning how to complete a crevasse rescue. Get comfortable supporting a group in different roles as you work together to find a route across the glacier. On this expedition, gain the confidence to lead at home, at work, and in your community.


Duration: 17 Days
Starts in: Conway, Washington
Ends in: Conway, Washington
Group Size: 8-15
Difficulty: 3/5

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NOLS Prime: 

NOLS Prime Expeditions are immersive 1- to 3- week wilderness experiences designed exclusively for adults 23 and over. Our mission is to be educators, not guides. This means while learning how to climb, sail, backpack and more, you’re getting experience making decisions and mentorship from your instructors on managing risk with your group—with the goal that when your course is done you are ready to lead friends and family on your own wilderness trips! Vacations are great for a week or two away but wouldn’t you rather go beyond?

NOLS Pacific Northwest: 

Bounded by both mountains and ocean, NOLS Pacific Northwest is your gateway to backcountry adventures in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, Canada. In wilderness classrooms ranging from ocean to alpine and rainforest to high desert, we offer courses in five outdoor skills: backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, sea kayaking, and keelboat sailing. The urban centers of Seattle and Vancouver are close enough for convenient travel to and from NOLS Pacific Northwest, but once you’re on course, you can travel for days without seeing other people. On an ocean-based expedition, you’ll paddle along the open coast of Vancouver Island or navigate a sailboat across the Salish Sea. If you choose to stay on land, your options include backpacking through the rainforest of Olympic National Park, climbing the glaciated peaks of the North Cascades, or mountaineering on the ice fields of British Columbia. No matter which skill type you tackle and which classroom you explore, you’ll find memorable challenges in the Pacific Northwest. Whether it’s completing a peak ascent at sunrise or waking early to check weather conditions before planning the day’s paddling route, you’ll return home with experiences to remember. And, the best kept secret of the Pacific Northwest? It’s not as rainy as you might think!

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