October 6, 2016
Poor visibility, freezing temperatures, and strong winds are common on Mount Baker. It can take as much as 12 hours to reach the summit and descend, so climbers should plan accordingly and travel with experienced team members, or consider hiring a guide. Climbers should carry extra clothing, food, and water on their summit attempt. In addition, the climbing rangers recommend that each climbing party has a stove, fuel, emergency shelter, and sleeping bag. Research the route and weather forecast prior to your adventure, and make sure you are in excellent physical condition.
Calling for a rescue should be a last resort because it can often put the rescuers at risk. Instead, gain the necessary knowledge, experience, and skills to take care of yourself and your teammates before attempting to climb. Mount Baker is a great place to learn about mountaineering, but is also a significant challenge with all the hazards of a major glaciated peak. If you don’t underestimate the mountains, your climb will be much safer and more fun.