Master glacier travel and crevasse rescue on Mount Baker with our expert seminar. Learn essential skills for safe and unforgettable alpine adventures.
Intermediate and Advanced
The Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Seminar on Mount Baker is a must-attend course for anyone looking to explore the beautiful glaciers of the North Cascades. Led by experienced, AMGA-certified Alpine Guides, this seminar focuses on essential skills such as glacier travel, rope management, crevasse rescue, expedition preparation, mountain navigation, and snow camping.
With a strong emphasis on safety, this seminar provides a hands-on learning experience in the stunning alpine environment of Mount Baker. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their skills in real-life scenarios, gaining confidence and proficiency in glacier travel and crevasse rescue.
Don't miss this chance to become a skilled alpine adventurer while enjoying the beauty of Mount Baker's glaciers. Register now and join us for an unforgettable learning experience!
Max Lurie - Owner of Alpine to the Max
Max Lurie is an American Mountain Guides Association certified Rock and Alpine Guide, as well as an accomplished alpinist. Max has been climbing since 2004 and traveling to the greater ranges in pursuit of his passion.
As an independently certified climbing guide based in Boulder, CO, Max provides custom education and mountain experiences in the Colorado Front Range and beyond. All of the climbing instruction offered through Alpine to the Max is customized to your goals, objectives, and skill level.
Experience the adventure of a lifetime with our 6-day glacier travel seminar! Eat, sleep, and train on a glacier, honing your mountaineering skills and attempting a summit climb.
Day 1: Kick off your journey in Seattle and meet the team. We'll conduct a thorough gear check to ensure everyone is equipped for the adventure ahead. Our experienced guides will provide recommendations for any last-minute equipment purchases at REI and Feathered Friends. Next, we'll drive to Sedro-Woolley or Burlington and stay at a hotel before stocking up on food for the trip.
Day 2: After a hearty breakfast, we'll head to the trailhead and begin our hike to camp. Enjoy the stunning views and get ready for the days ahead.
Day 3: Today is a training day and our team will take you up onto the glacier to practice rope travel, snow anchors, and crevasse rescue. Our guides are experts in mountaineering and will provide full-day instruction to ensure you're ready for the summit attempt.
Day 4: It's time to attempt the summit! Push yourself to the limit and achieve your goals with the support of our experienced team.
Day 5: After a successful climb, we'll head back down the mountain and enjoy another night at a hotel before returning to Seattle.
Day 6: We'll drop you off at the airport, leaving you with memories and skills to last a lifetime.
Join us on this unforgettable journey and discover the thrill of mountaineering. Book your spot now and get ready for an adventure like no other!
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Note: any of these three options will work. Although a full double boot might be a bit much. Each has its pros/cons, if you have any questions at all about footwear, please let me know because it is vitally important to have a good trip.
The answer is yes and no. This seminar is designed for beginners looking to develop the necessary skills for traveling as an independent rope team in crevassed terrain. However, some previous climbing experience will certainly help you pick up rope management skills faster. Additionally being familiar with crampons and a mountain axe are helpful. Lastly having some back-country camping experience will also benefit you on this seminar.
Unlike other guide services that often travel as large cumbersome groups of 12 or more. We limit our seminars to 5 participants because we feel this is the optimal ratio for learning and experience on the mountain.
Yes! Like all adult education, you get out of it what you put into it. This seminar is an excellent starting point to develop your glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills. It is specifically designed to help you along your path to becoming a self-sufficient mountaineer.
You can refer to the detailed list above. However, if you have specific questions please reach out to us. Purchasing clothing and equipment can be a daunting task, we are here to help. The guidance and education start before we even set foot on the mountain as you prepare for your trip.
This seminar was designed to fit within a week which includes travel time. We will spend four full days on the mountain and two days traveling.
Alpine to the Max is an independent certified guide with more than a decade of experience in a wide variety of terrain. No matter your current skill level, when you climb with us you get a top-notch experience that is fully customized to meet your exact desires.
“I climbed with Max last summer on a couple of couloirs in Rocky Mountain National Park. I’m a complete newbie to technical snow and Max was everything that I was hoping for in a guide. Knowledgeable, patient and passionate about educating his clients. It was a fantastic experience and I cannot wait to go back out with him.”
“Max is easily one of the best guides I have ever taken a course with. Max's knowledge paired with his experience and skill set is unparalleled. I learned so much and I am so grateful to have taken a course with him! Max provided the education and knowledge I needed to continue recreating safely in the mountains.”
“Max was an amazing guide and instructor for our 2-day AIARE 1 course. Funny, affable, deeply knowledgeable, with an excellent approach to instruction and learning. We saw several other AIARE courses out there in the same locations, and in comparison, we were VERY glad we were spending our weekend learning from Max!
Max is awesome! My climbing partner and I booked a day with Max to learn how to ice climb. Between making the meetup spot an easy to find location, to providing in-depth instruction throughout the day, I can't recommend Max enough. Max's instruction was clear, safe, and easy to follow. He's personable and easy to learn from.
What an awesome experience. My friend and I spent four days with Max going through a variety of topics and we couldn't have been happier with the instruction. Max is SO well versed in a multitude of areas. And he's an awesome person to be around and it makes the guiding experience that much better. I would 100% do another session with Max!
We strongly recommend Max as a guide and instructor. Having climbed with Max several times over the past decade, we always come away with a great experience and a smile. His enthusiasm and knowledge, plus a wry sense of humor, make for instructive and fun days of climbing. We hope to get out to CO to climb someday with Max again.
It was awesome. We covered a ton of material in such a short window and I was able to apply everything I learned. I had pretty minimal experience at the start but he delivered everything in a super easy to understand manner that made it a ton of fun and extremely informative. I’ll definitely be coming back for future sessions.
Max was incredibly helpful for our intro to trad course. He not only teaches the information, but makes sure to go over alternative techniques and general climbing philosophy. We were able to customize the class that day to go over things that interested us rather than a set curriculum, which I really enjoyed. I couldn’t recommend Max enough.
I had very limited climbing experience coming into this guided rock climbing experience. Max takes me out and we literally jump right into my introduction to climbing. Max literally inspired me to get out of my comfort zone immediately and go beyond what I thought I was capable of. Thank you Max for an awesome experience in the mountains.
Max is an outstanding guide! I couldn’t have asked for a better day of climbing and learning. I joined Max in hopes of setting a solid foundation of skills and knowledge in my own climbing endeavors to come, and I was beyond satisfied with the day he had prepared for us. An incredible instructor and ideal climbing partner!
Max is adept, knowledgeable, and great to work with all around! He breaks down skills and explains them thoroughly, taking the time to make sure you understand a concept before moving on to something more complex. If you want to up your technical climbing skills and have a darn good time doing it then Max is your guy!
Max was extremely knowledge and encouraging while we were learning and practicing building anchors and hauling for crevasse rescue. He also had a great sense of humor and kept the mood light while we were suffering through brutally cold temperatures during the practice. 10/10 would recommend!
My partner and I hired Max for a day of self rescue skills and we had an absolute blast. Max is super knowledgeable and was more than patient answering all of our questions. We never felt rushed and had time to go through different scenarios and skills. I really enjoyed learning from a professional and would recommend to anyone!
Max was a terrific mountain guide. We did a split-board tour of the Hidden Valley area of Rock Mtn National Park and I couldn’t have had asked for a better guide. He answered all of my questions and expressed great knowledge in snow science as well as mountain geology and avalanche safety. Highly recommend!
I spent a day learning trad/multipitch climbing with Max in a "classroom setting". The dollars I spent on that session have been more valuable than any climbing trip or equipment. The techniques he taught me have stuck with me throughout my climbing career and set me up for success in the mountains.