Holistic Alpinism: Komo Kulshan


Holistic Alpinism: Komo Kulshan

from 900.00

Fully-catered, two-day summit climb on Mount Baker’s Easton Glacier.

Maximum 2:1 climber:coach ratio.

This is an excellent experience to celebrate and culminate our coaching engagement. It is also an immersive introduction to my coaching work for new clients to MN. Enjoy this innovative hybrid of my seven years of mountain endurance coaching, extensive travel on glaciers on three continents, and the addition of select guest guides to augment our team.

Current/previous client:
Climb On

Setting: Komo Kulshan, commonly called Mount Baker, is a heavily-glaciated 10,781’ stratovolcano. It is prominently visible from the San Juan Islands, from Seattle, and from Vancouver. Famous for abundant snowfall, Kulshan is an ideal place to encounter living glacial ice and to practice alpine climbing fundamentals. The trailhead is about three hours from Seattle; the approach to treeline campsites––and the glacier––is surprisingly short.

Participants will:

  • Practice fundamental skills of snow travel required of a rope team member on glaciated terrain.

  • Develop their understanding of the glaciated mountain environment and its hazards.

  • Grow their comfort in backcountry camping and travel.

  • Apply concepts of endurance training and performance to alpine climbing.

  • Have the opportunity, team- and conditions-dependent, to summit this spectacular volcano.

Topics covered:

  • Habits of mind: encountering fear and pain, self-compassion, mindfulness for endurance, the Autonomic Nervous System

  • Life on the glacier: self-care and -management practices, developing routines, nutrition, historic inhabitants and history, strategies for altitude

  • Movement on snow and ice: proper use of Zones, walking and climbing techniques, knots and hitches, rope team travel

  • Progression of climbs: how to program your training and your climbs in a logical progression of skill-level and complexity

  • Ice axe use: walking, arresting falls, use in emergency systems

  • Route finding on glaciers: hazard evaluation, efficient travel, navigation

  • Emergency response: arresting a fall as a team, how to cooperate as part of a rescue team

  • Gear selection: efficiency, safety, budgeting, emergency systems

  • Camp choices: placement, objective hazards, comfort, shelter selection, maintenance, sanitation

Presented in partnership with Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.