The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Mount Baker - Coleman Deming (standard) route - Sat, Jun 15 2019

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PRE-REGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED. Please review the event details carefully, and if registration is required and you'd like to join us, you must sign up at the bottom of this page. Non-member guests must contact the leader (see Notes below) to register. If payment is required for this event, you will be expected to send your payment to the Event Leader - payable to the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.

The Basics:
Event Type:Mountaineering
Event Location:Glacier, WA
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 15 2019  6:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: N/A   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jun 13 2019 11:55:00 PM
Event Duration:2 days
Difficulty Rating:D2: Moderate
Event Leader(s): Max Thompson
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
Number Registered So Far: 1 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)


2-day trip to Mount Baker's Grant Peak via the Coleman and Deming Glaciers. Priority will be given to recent graduates of this year's BMC-1 course and to more experienced (intermediate/advanced) mountaineers familiar with the route who have previous experience leading roped teams on glacier crossings.

Day 1: We will leave Vancouver at 6:00 AM, meet at the trailhead for Heliotrope Ridge, and start our approach, ascending roughly 1,000 m and setting up camp at the Black Buttes (~2,100 m).

Day 2: We will make an alpine start (2:30 AM) and ascend the Roman Wall to Grant Peak (3,285 m). We will start our descent no later than 9:30 AM, with the aim of breaking camp at 1:30 PM and completing our descent to the trailhead (~1,100 m, for a total of almost 2,200 m of elevation loss from the summit) by 5:00 PM.

This is trip is intended as a follow-up to this year's Basic Mountaineering Course. Kevin McLane's Alpine Select gives the Coleman-Deming route up Baker a difficulty rating of 'F,' indicating few technical challenges beyond those attendant to all glacier travel. The crevasses on this route are large and, as such, should be easy to spot.

Applicants for this event will be screened for mountaineering and snow camping experience. Priority will be given to recent graduates of the BMC-1 and to more experienced (intermediate/experts) mountaineers able to lead roped teams. Depending on how many people register, we will move in one or two roped teams of four people each.

Required Items to Bring:
    • Passport or Nexus Pass
    • Mountaineering boots and gaiters
    • Crampons
    • Ice axe
    • Headlamp with fresh batteries
    • Harness and Prussiks
    • Helmet
    • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses or glacier glasses, and lip balm)
    • Tent, sleeping bag, foam mat, campstove, and utensils
    • Two ropes, four pulleys, and four extra Prussiks (team gear)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Hiking poles
  • First Aid Kit
  • Spare shoes and socks for the car

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take HW 1 east toward Hope, take Exit 92 for the US border, cross the border, turn east onto Front Street (in Sumas), turn south onto Samas Road, turn east after several hundred metres (where the road splits) onto Reese Hill Road, and, roughly one-and-three-quarters kilometres past Glacier, turn south onto Glacier Creek Road, following it for roughly 13 kilometres to the trailhead.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):250Km
Carpool Departure Time: N/A
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
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** Vancouver Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $62.50 (calculated at total Km * $0.25, effective Tuesday, July 14, 2020). This is based on the current provincial government rate for private vehicle use.  Please pay your share of the cost to the carpool driver.

t cannot be sufficiently stressed that you need to remember your passport, Nexus Pass, or other identification valid for crossing the border. Please let me know if you have any concerns about the documentation needed, as our trip could be significantly hampered if anyone is unable to cross the border. Please remember, as well, not to bring fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, or dairy. We can purchase these items as needed once we have crossed the border. Team gear: I will provide the team with shovels from the ACC, but we will still require: - Two drivers - Two ropes - Two more pulleys and two extra Prussiks (I can provide two of each) - Enough tents for eight people (probably four tents) - Cooking gear for eight people (probably four stoves) Please indicate, upon registering, whether or not you are able to contribute any of this gear.
- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!

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