Climb for Himalaya ChildrenMt. Baker

Mt. Rainier Climb | Mt. Baker Climb

Climbers Enjoying the View

Climbers Enjoying the View

The guided climb of Mt. Baker is open to anyone who is physically fit and will commit to a training regimen to prepare themselves for the climb. Prior mountain climbing experience is not necessary, but is beneficial. One day of training is included in the climb. Training will cover roped glacier travel, knots, and use of an ice axe. Prior experience with backpacking and camping is recommended.  

1 - Register for the Climb you are interested in

Mt. Baker (two-day) 10,781 ft. Elevation
Friday, July 12 - Saturday, July 13, 2019
Fundraising Minimum - $1,000

To sign up, visit the registration/fundraising website.

Mt. Baker Register Here
$100 Registration Fee

The registration fee can be paid by credit card. After registering, create your personal fundraising web page where you can send people to sponsor you by credit card.

Do this early, because the Climbs fill up each year.

2 - Fill out the online Terms and Conditions and Acknowledgement of Risks form at https://tinyurl.com/MtBakerTerms. Your place on the climb will not be reserved until that form agreement is completed and received.

3 - Ask for Sponsorship from friends, family, and colleagues

Click to Download: Sample Sponsor Request Letter

Send the URL of your personal fundraising page you create to your friends, family, and colleagues to support you in your effort.

4 - Train like your life depended on it!

You'll probably be ready if you can run 5 miles 4 days a week and be doing that for about a month prior to the climbs. Of course running isn't the only exercise that will get you into the shape you need to be in. Biking, Stairmasters, and long hikes with a pack will help too. If you live in the area, day hikes are highly recommended to give you a feel for what to expect on the climb.

5 - Attend the pre-climb preparation meetings

The Climb for Himalaya Children Orientation meeting at the REI Flagship Seattle store will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. At that time, you'll meet some of your fellow climbers, have a chance to ask any questions, and get assigned group gear to bring. If you can't make this meeting, we will go over everything with you by phone and email.

Additional meetings will be scheduled specific to the mountain and all climbers will be notified in advance.

6 - Understand fundraising deadlines

April 30, 2019 - Intermediate fundraising deadline for minimum of $500

June 25, 2019 - Final Fundraising Deadline $1,000

Please note donations worth a minimum of $1,000 per participant must be received by Tuesday, June 25, 2019 by mail at Mitrata headquarters by this date in order to participate in the climb. Corporate matching donations must also have been received by this time in order to count towards your minimum. If your minimum hasn't been met yet, a personal donation can be made at the meeting to retain your spot on the climb. Donations will be still be accepted after the climb.

7 - Climb the mountain July 12th to 13th!

Please contact Len with questions:

Phone: 206-909-2735

Email: Len.Kannapell@seattle.gov

Preparing for the Climb

Please register early for the climb to ensure your spot and so you will have enough time to train and do your fundraising.

Climbing Skill Level

These guided climbs of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker are open to anyone who is physically fit and will commit to a training regimen to prepare themselves for the climbs. Prior mountain climbing experience is not necessary, but is beneficial. One day of training is included in the climb. Prior experience with backpacking, hiking in snow, and camping is recommended.

Gear List

Climbing Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker requires a lot of special equipment and clothing, which we will discuss at the orientation meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

If you're an experienced hiker, you'll likely have much of the clothing you'll need. Most of the technical equipment you'll need can be rented, such as an ice axe, plastic or leather boots, trekking poles, helmet, and crampons.

Check out these stores for rental gear:

· Kaf Adventures

· REI Rentals

· Ascent Outdoors

· Whitakker Mountaineering

· Outdoor Research

We've found that if you want to rent leather mountaineering boots Kaf Adventures and Ascent Outdoors in Seattle are the only places that have them, while Whitakker Mountaineering in Ashford, WA near Mt. Rainier also have them.

Physical Conditioning Requirements

These climbs are extremely rigorous, requiring excellent strength, endurance and the ability to carry a 40-plus pound pack. Climbers need to be in excellent physical condition for both personal enjoyment and to ensure your and the team’s safety and success.

Recommended Training Regimens

Here are some proven suggestions to get you ready for the physical challenge.

Start training immediately. The more time you have to get in shape, the better.

Cardiovascular training (such as running and cycling) and strength and endurance training (such as weight training and stair climbing) should both be included in your program.

Start cardiovascular training by running, biking, hill climbing, or using step machines.

Try exercising for an hour or more per session, and keep your heart rate and respirations at a reasonably high level, without over doing it. Three to four long training sessions per week are going to be more beneficial than short daily workouts. The intensity of your workout should reflect the level of effort we anticipate needing to climb the last 1,000' to the summit.

Begin your strength training by working on muscle groups used in mountaineering. Specifically, you want to target your quadriceps, calves, hamstrings, back and shoulder muscles.

There is no better training for mountaineering than up and downhill hiking. Get outside and go on extended hikes with a weighted backpack 2 - 3 times per week. Try hiking for 60 to 90 minutes at a time with a 10 - 15 minute break after each segment. Begin your training program with a 20 - 25 pound pack and work up gradually to the approximate weight expected to be carried on the climb. If there are no hills nearby, stairs work fine for training, especially if you can find a taller multiple storied buildings or stadium steps. When working out in a gym, use stair stepping machines and treadmills with a weighted pack. Additionally, treadmills raised up to the full 15 degrees will be more beneficial than running on relatively flat terrain.

Bottom line: Plan on being in the best shape of your life!