Deep in the heart of the jagged spine of the North Cascades The west ridge of Forbidden Peak is one of the must-do climbs in North America. Officially one of the 50 classics, this peak is made up of impressive rock walls flanked by steep glaciers and surrounded on all sides with endless cirques and a sea of jagged mountains with seemingly bottomless valleys. This is a big and intimidating place and the west ridge will surely remain as one of your favorite climbs ever.
The nature of this climb requires at least a basic knowledge of rock climbing and mountaineering skills. On the climb we will encounter complex glacier travel, steep snow and ice, and a rock climbing up to a 5.6 level. It is also very exposed. If you are not sure how you do with heights you may want to consider another climb.
Day 1: 8:00 a.m. Meet at Back Country Essentials in down town Bellingham. Introductions, gear check and last chance to buy items. Drive to the trailhead, pack up and hike to base camp in Boston Basin.
Day 2: 4 a.m. wake up, hike to the base of the glacier. Rope up and hop on one of Americas greatest alpine climbs.
Expect to get back to the Trail-head between 5 and 8 PM on the climbing day. Also keep in mind that after a Two day climb of Forbidden peak many participants recomend we off this in a three day program which we do. That can be found Here.
Mountaineering skills you will learn:
Skills covered Day 1:
- Efficient backpacking for climbers
- Map, compass and GPS
- Mountain Weather
- Glacier formation
Skills Covered Day 2:
- Time management
- Basic Rock Movement
- Glacier travel