Climb Mt. Baker With Alpine to the Max

Max Lurie is an AMGA certified Rock and Alpine Guide, as well as an accomplished alpinist. Max has been climbing since 2004 and traveling to the world's greatest mountain ranges in pursuit of his passion.
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Max Lurie

Join us for an unforgettable adventure at the Mt. Baker 6-Day Glacier Seminar! 

Whether you're a novice climber eager to learn the ropes or an experienced alpinist seeking to enhance your skills, this seminar offers an incredible opportunity to learn glacier travel and crevasse rescue on Mt. Baker and practice on the glaciated landscape. 

With its majestic glaciers, stunning vistas, and expert instruction, this seminar is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive and immersive experience. Don't miss out on this valuable chance to challenge yourself, gain confidence in high-altitude environments, and forge lasting connections with fellow climbers. 

Click here to sign up and take your climbing to new heights.

Mt. Baker Seminar Overview

The Mt. Baker 6-Day Glacier Seminar is scheduled to take place in July, during the prime climbing season for this iconic mountain. 

The weather in the mountains during this time is typically characterized by mild temperatures, with daytime highs averaging around 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime lows ranging from 30-40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Participants can expect a mix of clear skies and afternoon occasional thunderstorms, which adds to the scenic beauty of the surroundings.

This seminar is designed to cater to climbers of varying skill levels. While it is open to novices who are new to alpine climbing, a basic level of fitness and a willingness to learn are essential. 

People attending the Mt. Baker seminar course

For more experienced climbers, the seminar offers opportunities to refine existing skills and gain additional expertise in glacier travel, navigation, crevasse rescue, and other technical aspects of mountaineering.

The trip has a duration of six days, providing ample time to immerse yourself in the mountain environment and absorb the teachings of the experienced guides. 

Throughout the seminar, participants will engage in hands-on learning, receive personalized instruction, and attempt the summit under the supervision of an AMGA-certified guide.

To ensure a personalized and focused experience, the total group size for this seminar is intentionally kept small. Typically, the group will consist of around 4-5 participants, allowing for individual attention, effective communication, and fostering a sense of camaraderie among the climbers.

The Mt. Baker 6-Day Glacier Seminar offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers a range of essential skills and knowledge necessary for alpine climbing. 

Throughout the six-day program, participants can expect to learn and practice the following:

  1. Glacier Travel Techniques: You'll receive hands-on instruction on traveling safely and efficiently on glaciers, including roped team travel, route finding, and hazard assessment. This includes learning to navigate crevasse fields and employing proper techniques to minimize risks.
  2. Rope Skills and Knots: You'll gain proficiency in various knots, rope handling, and belaying techniques specific to alpine climbing. This includes learning how to perform effective rope management, anchor construction, and basic self-arrest techniques.
  3. Crevasse Rescue: You'll be introduced to modern crevasse rescue techniques, learning how to assess and respond to crevasse falls. This includes skills such as constructing and executing various haul systems, self-rescue techniques, and performing crevasse extractions.
  4. Glacier Route Planning and Navigation: You'll develop the ability to plan and navigate glacier routes effectively, considering factors such as terrain features. This includes utilizing map and compass navigation, as well as GPS technologies.
  5. Expedition Preparation: Throughout the seminar, you'll gain insights into acclimatization strategies, altitude sickness prevention, and expedition planning. This knowledge will be invaluable for those seeking to tackle higher peaks in the future.

By the end of the seminar, participants can expect to come away with a range of skills and experiences that will enhance their alpine climbing and mountaineering abilities. These include:

  1. Increased Confidence in Alpine Environments: Participants will develop a heightened level of confidence and comfort in navigating glaciers, identifying hazards, and making informed decisions.
  2. Proficiency in Basic Alpine Climbing Techniques: Whether you are a novice or an experienced climber, you'll acquire or refine fundamental techniques, including roped team travel, and crevasse rescue.
  3. Practical Knowledge for Glacier Expeditions: The seminar will equip participants with essential knowledge for planning and executing glacier expeditions, including route planning, navigation, and acclimatization strategies.
  4. Lasting Connections and Camaraderie: Through shared experiences, challenges, and triumphs, participants will form lasting connections with fellow climbers, fostering a sense of camaraderie and a supportive network within the climbing community.

The Mt. Baker 6-Day Glacier Seminar offers an invaluable opportunity to gain hands-on experience, learn from expert guides, and develop the skills and confidence necessary for successful alpine climbing adventures.

Included in seminar costs:

  • Guiding, instruction and on-mountain supervision  with certified guides
  • Ground Transportation
  • Tents, stoves, ropes, and group technical equipment
  • Northwest National Forest pass

Not included costs:

  • Flights
  • Hotel before and after the seminar
  • Dinners in town
  • On mountain food

The Benefits of Taking the Mt. Baker 6-Day Glacier Seminar with Alpine to the Max

What sets our Mt. Baker 6-Day Glacier Seminar apart from other options is the combination of its unique features, including the small group size and the expertise of our guides.

  1. Small Group Size: Unlike most other guide services, our seminar maintains a small group size of no more than 5 participants. This intentional limitation ensures a personalized and focused experience, allowing for individual attention and effective communication between participants and guides. It also fosters a supportive and close-knit learning environment, where participants can learn from each other's experiences and form lasting connections.
  2. Experienced and Qualified Guides: Every other guide service says that their guides are experienced, but what does that actually mean? We are the only guide service that guarantees your guide will be fully certified by the American Mountain Guide Association in the discipline in which they are instructing you. We are dedicated to providing instruction and guiding at the highest level, we do not employ young first, second, or third-year guides who are still learning their craft on paying guests. We only have AMGA certified guides who have been peer-reviewed, seasoned mentors with a wealth of knowledge to offer.
  3. Comprehensive Curriculum: The seminar's curriculum is thoughtfully designed to cover a wide range of essential skills and knowledge for mountaineering. From glacier travel techniques to crevasse rescue, navigation, and hazard mitigation, the program offers a comprehensive and immersive learning experience. Whether you're a novice or an advanced climber, you'll find the curriculum challenging, informative, and tailored to your skill level.
  4. Focus on Practical Application: The seminar emphasizes hands-on learning and the practical application of skills. You won't just be learning in a classroom setting; you'll have the opportunity to practice and apply your newfound knowledge in real-world alpine environments. This approach ensures that you gain the confidence and competence to navigate glaciers, make sound decisions, and execute climbing techniques effectively.
  5. Safety and Risk Management: Safety is of paramount importance during the seminar. Our guides prioritize risk management and provide thorough instruction on hazard assessment, route planning, and emergency procedures. You can trust that your safety will be at the forefront of all activities, allowing you to focus on learning and enjoying the experience.
Max Lurie selfie on Mt. Baker

By choosing Mt. Baker 6-Day Glacier Seminar, you'll benefit from the advantages of small group size, experienced guides, a comprehensive curriculum, and a focus on practical application. 

Our commitment to providing a unique and exceptional learning experience sets us apart and ensures that you'll come away with valuable skills, confidence, and memories to last a lifetime.

Mt. Baker Course Features For Novice Climbers

The Mt. Baker 6-Day Glacier Seminar is an ideal opportunity for novice climbers to hone their glacial mountaineering skills. 

With a comprehensive curriculum covering essential mountaineering skills and experienced guides to provide instruction and support, participants will gain confidence and proficiency. 

The seminar addresses concerns about safety and challenges in the alpine environment, ensuring a supportive learning environment. Novice climbers will come away with skills such as rope techniques, glacier travel, navigation, and expedition preparation. 

These skills will empower them to tackle various alpine climbs and build a foundation for future adventures.

Mt. Baker Course Features For Advanced Climbers

The Mt. Baker 6-Day Glacier Seminar provides advanced climbers with expert guidance, the opportunity to tackle challenging objectives, and the chance to refresh and refine essential skills. 

It is a platform for growth, pushing boundaries, and achieving new heights in alpine climbing pursuits. Here are some of the skills and benefits advanced climbers will experience from our seminar.

  1. Advanced Techniques and Strategies: Advanced climbers will further develop their expertise in techniques such as advanced rope skills, anchor construction, and glacier travel techniques. They'll also gain insights into strategic decision-making, route planning, and hazard assessment in complex alpine environments.
  2. Enhanced Efficiency and Confidence: Refreshing skills that may have atrophied allow advanced climbers to regain efficiency and confidence in executing techniques. Fine-tuning these skills enables smoother and more effective climbing, leading to improved performance on challenging climbs.
  3. Expanded Climbing Repertoire: The seminar opens doors to more challenging climbs and objectives. Advanced climbers will gain experience on glaciated terrain, refine their ability to navigate complex routes, and expand their climbing repertoire. The seminar serves as a stepping stone to pursue even more ambitious climbs in the future.
Photo of man mountaineering on Mt. Baker


The Mt. Baker 6-Day Glacier Seminar presents an invaluable opportunity for both novice and advanced climbers to elevate their alpine climbing skills and achieve their goals. With a comprehensive curriculum, expert guidance, and the chance to tackle challenging objectives, participants can expect to expand their knowledge, enhance their proficiency, and gain confidence in the alpine environment.

If you have any questions or concerns about the seminar, we encourage you to reach out to us directly. Simply visit our contact page and fill out the form. Our team will be more than happy to provide the information you need to make an informed decision.

Don't miss out on this transformative experience. Click here to navigate to the course page, where you can find more details about the curriculum, schedule, and registration process. 

Take the next step in your alpine climbing journey and join us for the Mt. Baker 6-Day Glacier Seminar. We look forward to embarking on this incredible adventure with you.

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