Baker Mountain Guides Glacier Skills Course is designed for beginners interested in leading their own adventures in the North Cascades. We’ll begin with climbing techniques on the rocky crags of Mount Erie. After day one, the Glacier Skills Course moves to the Cascades. Students will learn movement skills and crevasse rescue techniques for safe and efficient travel in glaciated terrain.

Baker Mountain Guides Glacier Skills Course is designed to be fun, engaging, and filled with practical field work. Our knowledgeable instructors strive to provide you with skills that are widely applicable, and make your educational experience as rewarding as possible.


Baker Mountain Guides offers scheduled three-day Glacier Skills Courses. Custom dates available upon request.

  • Day 1: Technical Climbing

    We’ll rendezvous in Anacortes and use the summit crags at Mount Erie for high angle climbing skills. Instructors will discuss gear selection and care, and introduce knots, hitches, and coils for mountaineering. We’ll finish with climbing, belaying, and rappelling techniques.

  • Day 2: Glacier Travel

    Instructors will introduce snow climbing techniques such as cramponing and ice axe arrest. Students will learn how to rig a rope team for glacier travel. We’ll practice rope travel skills on an ascent to Artist Point. The day will finish with snow anchors.

  • Day 3: Crevasse Rescue

    We’ll find a suitable cornice or cliff that mimics a crevasse. Instructors will introduce and demonstrate the concepts of mechanical advantage and haul systems. Students will team up and practice all aspects of crevasse rescue, as both rescuers and victims.

Interested in this course?

Featherweight Guarantee

Let’s face it: climbing and skiing are more fun without a massive pack. That’s why we strive to offer the lightest pack weight of any guide service. We plan meticulously, use quality equipment, and always share the load.

Program Information

  • Season
  • March – June

  • Duration
  • 3 Days

  • Locations
  • Mount Erie 


    Heather Meadows & Artist Point

  • Max Ratio
  • 6 Students to 1 Instructor

  • Equipment

  • Schedule
  • 2020 Season

    • March 27 - 29
    • April 17 - 19
    • May 15 - 17
    • June 26 - 28

  • Cost
  • $375 / Person


    Transportation Available