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Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys

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    $1245 *
    3 days
    Level 3

    *We require that all climbers and guides have received the primary COVID-19 vaccination series (1 or 2 doses depending on manufacturer) to join our programs.


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Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys

Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys

Mt. Shuksan's Fisher Chimneys route is an exciting alpine ascent of a classic North Cascades peak.


  • Climb the rocky Fisher Chimneys to a high camp perched on a narrow ridge overlooking the North Cascades.
  • Approach through spectacular temperate and sub-alpine forests, traverse interesting glaciers and ascend moderate alpine rock to Mt. Shuksan's summit.
  • Enjoy a complete alpine experience with three full days on route with expert leadership and a 2 to 1 climber to guide ratio.

Mt. Shuksan's Fisher Chimneys
Mt. Shuksan's Fisher Chimneys
Mt. Shuksan's Fisher Chimneys
Mt. Shuksan's Fisher Chimneys
Mt. Shuksan's Fisher Chimneys
Mt. Shuksan's Fisher Chimneys
Approaching the base of Mt. Shuksan's Fisher Chimneys with Mt. Baker in the distance
Approaching the base of Mt. Shuksan's Fisher Chimneys
Climbing through the initial Chimneys
Exiting the Lower Chimneys
Approaching the Upper Chimneys
Climbing Winnie's Slidee
View of Mt. Baker from Mt. Shuksan's Fisher Chimneys Route
Relaxing at camp on Mt. Shuksan's Fisher Chimneys Route
Stepping onto the Upper Curtis Glacier on Summit Day
Topping out on Hell's Highway
Climbing Mt. Shuksan's Summit Pyramid with Mt. Baker in the distance
Climbing Mt. Shuksan's Summit Pyramid
Climbing Mt. Shuksan's Summit Pyramid
Nearing the summit of Mt. Shuksan
Standing on the summit of Mt. Shuksan with Mt. Baker in the distance
Returning on the Sulphide Glacier after a successful climb
Preparing to drop into Hell's Highway
Descending the steep Upper Curtis Glacier with High Camp visible on the ridge behind

Mt. Shuksan (9,131') is a stunning massif of ridges, pinnacles, and glaciers located in Washington’s North Cascades. The mountain has become an icon for climbers in the northwest with its rugged beauty and rich mountaineering history.

The Fisher Chimneys route on the mountain’s northwest side offers an abundance of moderate, enjoyable climbing. The route spans several disciplines of climbing and covers lengthy amounts of terrain. We break the climb into three days to account for the sheer amount of climbing, and to enjoy two nights at our favorite high camp.

On day one of our program we ascend a scenic glacier-carved valley past Lake Ann and climb the interesting rock gully systems known as the Fisher Chimneys. High camp sits at the base of the glacier above at 6,700'. On our second day we navigate three different glaciers, climb low 5th-class rock on the summit pyramid and enjoy stunning views from the top. We then descend the route to our high camp for another night and climb down and out the following day.

Taking three days to climb this tremendous route ensures greater success and more time to enjoy one of the range's premier alpine adventures.

We lead the Fisher Chimneys Climb at a 2 to 1 climber to guide ratio ensuring that you receive a high degree of hands-on instruction and have a small, efficient rope team during the summit ascent.

This intermediate level program requires great physical condition and previous knowledge of mountaineering techniques.


The Mountain Guides at RMI have a reputation as top guides in the United States. RMI Guides participated in some of America’s first ventures into the far reaches of the Himalaya. Years of expedition guiding and alpine climbing around the world have built a core of consummate professional guides.

Our guides are celebrated teachers and trainers, known for their leadership as well as their character. They possess the compassion, enthusiasm and ability to empower others and inspire them forward. Such qualities may only be found in people at the top of their profession. Despite their vast experience, RMI Guides still remember their own first steps into the mountains, and enjoy helping other climbers reach new heights.

Our exceptional focus to detail, our unparalleled level of climber attention, and our genuine excitement for these adventures make our programs truly memorable.


RMI strives to create the safest mountain experience possible. Our experienced team of guides focuses on leading fun and successful climbs without compromising safety. Each climb includes careful pre-trip planning, daily weather forecasts, avalanche forecasts, and diligent attention to detail. All RMI Guides are highly trained in remote medicine and rescue skills and carry comprehensive medical kits, rescue equipment, and radio communication equipment throughout the program. Regardless of the objective or the destination, safety remains RMI’s top priority.

As you prepare for your upcoming adventure please feel free to contact our office and speak directly to one of our experienced guides regarding equipment, conditioning, the route, or any other questions you may have about our programs. We are available Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (888) 89-CLIMB or [email protected].

Climber Reviews

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I always enjoy RMI trips. I appreciate the emphasis on safety and leave no trace.
Bradley L.

Obviously it was a great weather and a wonderful route, so hard to go wrong, but I appreciated how on this intermediate-level trip the guides did not baby us for the most part. They expected a basic level of experience/competency, and were able to find natural opportunities to teach and coach beyond that while also laying back and chilling when the situation called for it. It was a great balance. I especially appreciated the flexible, on-the-fly decision to climb the SE ridge on the summit pyramid, which ended up being a real highlight of the trip!
David M.

The climbing route was great. I liked the variety terrain- the hike in through the valley, the rock climbing up the chimneys and summit pyramid, the two steep glacier sections and flatter glacier travel.
Frederick M.

This climb was a much needed challenge for me. I've had a rough year so far and this climb turned out to be the best medicine for my soul. I was pushed and challenged in unfamiliar terrain and had to climb sections in an uncomfortable manner plus I had to maintain focus for an extended period of time since our summit day was so long. This was hard, but I look back on this trip as being very rewarding. Our entire team made it up and down the mountain safely and that was the real prize.
Rue C.

I really enjoyed the competency of the guides and their ability to be flexible to meet the needs of our group.
Peggy C.

Even though I thought I had prepared physically for the trip, I was a bit overwhelmed by the physical stamina and should have trained longer and harder. My guess is that many people signing up for this adventure don't understand the true need for long term physical training.
Paul N.

The camaraderie among the guides/clients was fantastic. The transitions between rock/snow were really fun and the views were fantastic.
Gregory P.

The entire trip was awesome, from start to finish. I wouldn't change anything. I really enjoyed climbing with Andy and Hannah. I would absolutely love to climb with them again, and highly recommend them to anybody else. Thank you both and RMI for another great trip. I really enjoyed and appreciated it.
Alexandra M.

Group dynamics and the good feeling that the guides generated throughout our indoor day and up in the Fisher Chimneys. They made it feel like we were just a group of close friends out for a fun day in the mountains. Although it was apparent that they took safely and the weather very seriously, it just didn't seem like a "guided climb" with the attendant "top down" rules and protocols at all. Probably my most fun trip ever with RMI, and I've had a lot of them!
Craig F.

I actively recommend RMI to people. I loved the climb it was different and difficult. Wouldn't have dared try that on my own. It was awesome. Can wait for the next climb.
Geoffrey D.

Friendly knowledgeable guides and a stunning location.
Daniel T.

The ascent of Mt Shuksan is such an amazing adventure. A great variety of terrain and the need for a broad skill set made this trip a blast.
Maxime V.

Mike and Sean were true professionals who made for a very enjoyable and safe trip.
Bert C.

The group of people on this climb were excellent and the guides were outstanding. There was no questions the guides were in charge and supporting the clients in every way, but they did so while 'just being part of the group'. I really appreciated their passion for the mountains, their knowledge, and their genuine interest in making sure our experience was positive. RMI makes it possible to 'show up and climb', which I really appreciate.
Jeffrey B.

The variety of terrain and the beauty of this route really made the trip for me. The guides kept us safe and confident and really allowed us to enjoy a playground in the mountains.
Eric L.

Nothing, I always climb with RMI because of the great staff and professional experience. I know for a fact that everything will be handled and that the only thing that I need to worry about is myself.
John S.

All comments are for both the Buckner and Shuksan trips.The Cascades are a beautiful area, so just being out there and climbing in some cool places (particularly on Shuksan) is a joy. Having such great guides (Eric and Caleb) really made the trip particularly enjoyable though. More specifically, my favorite part was climbing Shuksan alpine style, and my favorite part of that climb was the steep snow and moderate mixed terrain we found in the chimneys and on the summit block.
Andrew L.

Awesome guide. Beautiful climb and despite the fact that severe weather turned us around on the summit pyramid short of our goal, we had an amazing time and will definitely go back.
Matthew E.

Jake, Nick and Steve were outstanding guides. I had climbed before with Jake (Kautz & Rainer 5-day) and Nick (Kautz), and believe them to be absolutely great at what they do. I would climb anywhere with both. This was my first climb with Steve, and I was impressed by his patience and ability. Though I understand he is new to guiding, I have no doubt he will become a very good guide.
Scott W.

This was a great mixed technical climb. Great education, training, and experience.
Jeff B.

The chimneys was a great introduction into more technical scrambling especially for someone with minimal rock experience. The guides were excellent at ensuring safety and worked hard to make sure this was an enjoyable experience.
Leonard B.

Focus on specific skills and techniques. also, trip offered tremendous variety.
Peter R.

Climbing the summit pyramid.
Hans S.

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Day 1


The group meets at 8:00 a.m. at the Glacier Public Service Center in Glacier, WA for introductions, and personal gear check. Please see our Travel Details document for driving directions and carpool opportunities.

We then carpool to our trailhead located at Artist Point, the very end of the Mt. Baker Highway. The climb begins with a moderate hike to Lake Ann after which the angle of our trail increases as we switchback and scramble to the base of the Fisher Chimneys. The team ropes up for the Chimneys, a series of 3rd and 4th class rock gullies taking approximately one to two hours to climb and bringing us to the base of the White Salmon Glacier. This moderate glacier leads us to high camp at 6,700 feet. At high camp we prepare and relax for the evening and enjoy the spectacular vistas.


Day 2

SUMMIT DAY (9,131' | 2,783M) • 6,700' | 2,042M

Summit day begins with an alpine start to allow ample time for this full day of climbing. We ascend the moderate snow and ice slopes of Winnie's Slide and the Upper Curtis Glacier eventually gaining the south side of the mountain. Now on the Sulphide Glacier we continue up to the route's final crux, Mt. Shuksan's summit pyramid. The 600 feet of climbing on the summit pyramid constitutes some of the best climbing on the route. Kicking steps and using ice axes for balance, we move up steep snow and make some belayed moves on the 4th and 5th class rock. From the top we enjoy unparalleled views of Washington's Cascade Range.

The descent involves rappels and belayed down-climbing to gain the glacier. We reverse our route down the Sulphide and Upper Curtis Glaciers back to high camp for the night.

Summit Day

Summit Day

Day 3


Another alpine start and we reverse our route down the White Salmon Glacier, through the Fisher Chimneys and the four mile hike to the trailhead. The trip concludes with a celebratory lunch in Glacier. Those with a plane to catch should plan for a three and a half hour drive from the trailhead to Seattle, with the group usually arriving there in the early evening.

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Travel Consultant

RMI has partnered with Erin Rountree to provide comprehensive travel support. We have been working with Erin for many years. As an independent agent of the Travel Society, she has booked countless miles for adventure travelers across the globe and is extremely knowledgeable about the travel needs of our programs. Please call (208) 788-2870 or send email to [email protected].

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend travel insurance for this trip. Your travel insurance policy should include trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, baggage loss or delay, medical expenses, and evacuation.

Navigating through the different options for travel insurance can be challenging. To help make the process more straightforward, we have partnered with Harbor Travel Insurance because some of their policies are specifically designed for adventure travel and offer coverage for remote areas, and for activities like mountaineering, climbing, skiing, and trekking, without any altitude restrictions.

When purchasing Travel Insurance, here are a few items to consider:

  • Read the fine print. Travel Insurance will refund you when canceling for a covered reason for any non-refundable cancellation fees. However, there are exclusions, so make sure you understand the “covered reasons.”
  • Confirm that your activity is a covered “activity.” Not all travel insurance policies will offer coverage for activities such as mountaineering, climbing, skiing, or trekking adventures. Policies can also exclude coverage for activities due to the gear used (crampons, ice axe), for activities that go above certain elevations, or for activities in a particular region of the world. If there are exclusions, you may need to add an “Adventure” or “Sports” package to cover your activity.
  • Verify that your state of residence is allowed with the policy that you are purchasing. Not all insurance companies offer policies in all 50 states.


Harbor InsuranceHarbor Travel Insurance covers the following critical benefits:


  • Evacuation to a nearest appropriate hospital once hospitalized.
  • Trip cancellation/interruption, primary medical expense coverage, sporting goods, baggage loss, emergency dental, AD&D and more.
  • Completely integrated one-stop program with a single contact for emergency services to travel assistance and insurance claims
  • 24/7 access to paramedics, nurses and military veterans.

Harbor Travel Insurance is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel security risk company. Their team is comprised of special operations veterans, paramedics, Stanford Medicine affiliated physicians, former intelligence officers, insurance actuaries and global security experts with dozens of years of experience in theaters around the world. The Redpoint network covers the globe, making them uniquely equipped to provide elite rescue travel insurance – in every sense of the word.

Getting There

Our meeting place is the Glacier Public Service Center in Glacier, WA. You are responsible for your own transportation to the program's trailhead. Most climbers will fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) the evening before the program and rent a car for the 2 1/2 hour drive. Click here for driving directions.

After a team meeting we drive to the climb's trailhead. You will need a Northwest Forest Service parking pass to leave your car at the trailhead. Passes are $30 and valid for one year. There may be an opportunity to leave some vehicles at the Ranger Station and carpool with other team members. Northwest Forest Service parking passes are available for sale at the ranger station.

Ride Share: If you are participating in a climb and are interested in sharing a ride, please post your information in the "Ride Share" forum of your North Cascades Discussion Board by logging into your RMI Account.

Area Accommodations

Bellingham is 36 miles (about an hour drive) from Glacier Ranger Station.


For updated North Cascades weather forecasts, click here.


Our guides work hard to ensure your well-being and success on the mountain. If you have a positive experience, gratuities are an excellent way to show your appreciation. Amounts are at your discretion and should be based on your level of enjoyment. Tips for excellent service normally average 10 – 15% of the cost of the program. If you would rather not bring the guide gratuity with you on the trip, you can send a check or call the RMI office to pay with a credit card upon your return.


North Cascades National Park has over 300 glaciers, more than any other park in the lower 48 states. More than half the glaciers in the 48 states are concentrated in this mountainous wilderness region called the North Cascades.

For more facts click here, and for even more click here.


General Information on North Cascades National Park.

North Cascades National Park map.

Communities & Activities outside North Cascades National Park, click here.

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This trip is open to all individuals in excellent physical condition with previous climbing experience. Prior knowledge of, and comfort with, rope travel, the use of crampons, and ice axe arrest are required. Successful completion of an RMI Expedition Skills Seminar on Mt. Rainier, in Alaska, Peru, Ecuador, North Cascades, or an equivalent multi-day mountaineering seminar is also required.

Qualifying Programs

Recommended climbing experiences prior to Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys include:

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Physical Fitness Training

Mountaineering requires a high degree of physical stamina and mental toughness. Even for the healthiest and fittest individuals, climbing mountains qualifies as an extremely challenging endeavor.

  • Start immediately. Start a rigorous fitness and training program now with the goal of arriving in top physical condition and confident in your skills.
  • Be intentional. Focus on gaining the necessary strength, stamina and skills to meet the physical and technical demands of the climb.
  • Be sport-specific. The best fitness and training program mimics the physical and technical demands of your climbing objective. The closer you get to your program date, the more your training should resemble the climbing.

For the Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys climb, you are preparing for:

  • Steep climbing and glacier travel with a 45-50 lb load
  • A 12+ hour summit day
  • Mountaineering techniques requiring core strength and flexibility

Nothing ensures a personally successful adventure like your level of fitness and training. Bottom line: Plan on being in the best shape of your life and ready for a very challenging adventure!

Below are approximate outlines of the program's physical demands that will be helpful in planning your training schedule and goals:

Total Hiking Time
Elevation Gain / Loss
Total Distance
Pack Weight
DAY 1 - Austin Pass to High Camp
6 - 7 Hours
Gain = 2,000'
5.5 Miles
45 - 50 lbs
DAY 2 - High Camp to Summit and Return
8 - 10 Hours
Gain = 2,427'
Loss = 2,427'
3 Miles
Round Trip
20 - 25 lbs
DAY 3 - Descend to Trailhead
4 - 6 Hours
Loss = 2,000'
5.5 Miles
45 - 50 lbs

Please refer to our Resources for Mountaineering Fitness and Training for detailed fitness and training information.


No acclimatization is necessary for this program.

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What You’ll Need

A list of required personal equipment accompanies every RMI program, and the thought process behind each item is much greater than simply “preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.” The list for your program takes into account factors such as: seasonality, route conditions, weather, elevation and more. As such, this list is framed within the broadest of contexts and is dynamic by its very nature. Therefore, certain variables (additions and/or subtractions) are inherent within such an all-encompassing list. We make every effort to recommend only top of the line clothing and technical gear and it is never our intention for you to buy or rent unnecessary gear.

The Guide Pick is an example of the listed item, giving you an idea of the material and specifications of the item. This exact item does not need to be purchased or used; however, any item you choose must have similar characteristics and performance abilities to the Guide Pick.

RMI Guides concur on the potential necessity of every item, thus every item on the list is required at gear check. However, guides may also have suggestions derived from their experience, some of which will vary from a given list. The guides’ recommendation whether to bring along or leave behind certain item(s) comes during the gear check, when the team first meets. Occasionally this recommendation comes at the expense of having previously purchased an item. If a guide presents the option of leaving behind certain item(s) on the list of required equipment, it is for a reason. Their recommendation may be related to the weather, route conditions, freezing level, perceived strength of the party, or desired pack weight.

Ultimately, there will never be a consensus for a “perfect” equipment list for an ascent. It does not exist because of the multitude of variables faced by climbers throughout the climb. Please follow this equipment list closely so that you will arrive for the gear check with all the required items. Keep in mind the list is not black and white, fine tuning will occur once you meet with your guide. Have a great climb!

If you are planning on renting gear for your climb, there are two options. Please note rental items are not shipped. Pick-up/Drop-off is at the store location. 

Northwest Mountain Shop - 820 Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 | Phone: (360) 854-8761. Most of the required equipment is available for rent or purchase. Equipment can be reserved online.

Backcountry Essentials - 214 W Holly Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 | (360) 543-5678. Many of the required equipment items are available for rent or purchase. Equipment can be reserved online.

The Equipment Shop - American Alpine Institute - 1513 12th Street, Belllingham, WA 98225 | (360) 671-1570. Most of the required equipment is available for rent or purchase. Equipment can be reserved online.

Equipment List

    • Image of 50+ LITER BACKPACK

      Your backpack should be large enough to carry all of your personal gear, food and water, plus a portion of group gear. You will not need a separate summit pack.

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      ICE AXE

      The length of your axe depends on your height. Use the following general mountaineering formula: up to 5'8", use a 65 cm axe; 5'8" to 6'2", use a 70 cm axe; and taller, use a 75 cm axe. If you hold the axe so that it hangs comfortably at your side, the spike of the axe should still be a few inches above the ground.


      We recommend a comfortable, adjustable alpine climbing harness. Removable, drop seat, or adjustable leg loops are convenient for managing your clothing layers over the course of the climb and facilitate going to the bathroom.


      Transceivers are required on all North Cascades programs before July. The RMI Office will notify climb participants if the transceiver is not needed for their climb after July 1st.


      Cloth or surgical face mask for use in situations where 6 feet of distance from others cannot be maintained.

    • Image of GLACIER GLASSES

      Glacier glasses are protective sunglasses that provide close to 100% frame coverage (wrap-around frames and side shields ensure no light can enter from the top, bottom, and sides of the glasses) and transmit less than 10% of visual light.

    • Image of GOGGLES

      Amber or rose-tinted goggles for adverse weather. On windy days, climbers, especially contact lens wearers, may find photochromatic lenses the most versatile in a variety of light conditions.

  • Hands

    Each glove layer is worn separately as conditions change during the climb.

  • Guide Pick™

  • Upper Body

    We recommend a minimum of five upper body layers, all of which can be used in conjunction with each other. Two of these should be insulating layers, one light, and one medium, that fit well together. Today there are many different layering systems to choose from, including fleece, softshell, down, and synthetic options.

  • Guide Pick™

  • Lower Body

    We recommend a system of four layers, all of which can be used in conjunction with each other. Products which combine several layers into one garment, such as traditional ski pants, don’t work well as they don’t offer the versatility of a layering system.

  • Guide Pick™


      A light weight, synthetic pair of pants is a good option for the approach trek when hiking at lower altitudes and in warm conditions. These pants have no insulation, are typically made of thin nylon, and commonly feature zippers to convert between pants and shorts.


      Our guides carry comprehensive medical kits, so keep yours small and light. We recommend a selection of adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, Moleskin and blister care, medical tape and/or duct tape, basic pain reliever, and personal medications.

    • Image of MEALS & SNACKS

      See the Food tab for suggestions and quantities.

    • Image of BOWL

      Packable plastic bowl. Collapsable models can work but must be handled carefully to avoid unintended collapsing. A lid is a great feature.

    • Image of INSULATED MUG

      Insulated outdoor-style mug. We recommed a model with a removable lid, which helps retain heat and prevent spills. You may also choose to use 0.5L insulated bottle or a 0.5L nalgene.

    • Image of SPOON OR SPORK

      A spoon or spork made of durable plastic or anodized metal. A long-handled spoon can be nice, especially if eating from a freeze-dried meal pouch.

    • Image of WATER BOTTLES
      2 - 3 WATER BOTTLES

      One-liter water bottles with wide mouths made of co-polyester (BPA-free plastic).


      Heavy-duty trash compacter bags for use as waterproof pack/stuff sack liners. You can also use a a waterproof pack liner.


      Include toilet paper, hand sanitizer, toothbrush and toothpaste, and wet wipes. Bring a quantity appropriate to the duration of your trip.

    • Image of SUNSCREEN

      We recommend small tubes of SPF 30 or higher, which can be carried in pockets for easy access and to prevent freezing.

    • Image of EAR PLUGS

      Spare prescription glasses if you wear contact lenses/eyeglasses.

    • Image of CAMERA (OPTIONAL)

      Many smartphones have excellent cameras. Action cameras, small point-and-shoots, and compact dSLRs are lightweight and work well at altitude.

    • Image of TRAVEL CLOTHES

      We recommend bringing a selection of comfortable clothing to wear while traveling as well as pre- and post-trip.

    • Purchase travel insurance.

    • Purchase airplane tickets.

    • Arrange transportation and lodging.

    • Reserve rental equipment.

    • Be in the best shape of your life!

Provided Equipment

RMI provides the following equipment for your program: tents, stoves, group cooking equipment, fuel, climbing ropes and anchors, and blue bags (for solid waste disposal).

Every guide on your climb will carry rescue equipment and a first aid kit. Each climb has two-way radios and a cell phone for emergency contact.

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On the Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys you will need 2 mountain lunches, 2 dinners, and 2 breakfasts while on the mountain.


Mountain lunches are eaten during short breaks throughout the day. We continually snack to keep our energy levels up while we climb - lunch begins just after breakfast and ends just before dinner! Avoid packing any items that require preparation or hot water.

The importance of having foods that are genuinely enjoyed cannot be overstated. Eating properly is the key to maintaining strength while in the mountains. In order to combat the loss of appetite at altitude we aim to have a variety of foods that stimulate the whole palate, from sweet to sour to salty.

Recommended mountain lunch items: dry salami, smoked salmon, jerky (turkey, beef, fish), small cans of tuna fish, individually wrapped cheeses such as Laughing Cow or Baby Bell, crackers, bagels, candy bars, hard candies (Jolly Ranchers, toffees, Life Savers), gummy bears, sour candies (Sweet Tarts), cookies, dried fruit, nuts, energy bars, GORP mixes, and drink mixes (Gatorade/Kool-Aid).


Single-serving instant oatmeal or Cream-of-Wheat makes a good main course fare. A variety of granola bars, pastries, fruit and a hot drink mix of coffee, tea, cocoa or cider are suggested.


Freeze-dried entrees are very convenient; it is best to be familiar with their taste (and the effects they may have on your stomach) in advance of your program. Instant soups and Cup-o'-Noodles are popular supplements to your main course. As an alternative, you might consider bringing a cold main dish such as chicken, pizza, sandwiches, pasta salads or stir-fry. We also recommend your bring hot beverage mixes such as coffee, tea, cocoa, or cider.

Don't worry too much about the nutritional aspect of meals; concern yourself more with a high calorie intake. Most importantly, choose a variety of foods that you like to eat. One of the normal, albeit disconcerting, adjustments to altitude is a slight loss of appetite.

Ample cold water is available for drinking and replenishing water bottles. Hot water will also be provided for your meals (freeze-dried dinners, instant soups, instant oatmeal, etc) and hot drinks. When planning your menu, don't bring any items that require extensive preparation, cooking or simmering. We are able to provide you with boiling water, but do not have the ability to actually cook food items.

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