Mt. Baker Photography Seminar


The contrasting colors of the sky and the tent bring enjoyment to the viewer's eyes.

The contrasting colors of the sky and the tent bring enjoyment to the viewer's eyes.  
Alasdair Turner

Impress your friends with your phenomenal photographs you took while climbing Mount Baker this summer! Our course, Mountaineering Photography, has added a day to the Baker Skills and Climb Course to work with a professional outdoor photographer so you can take incredible photographs in the mountains!

Our primary objective on this course is Mt. Baker, but if weather or conditions prevent an attempt there, the Cascades have provided us with plenty of great alternatives.  With backup locations like Sahale Peak in North Cascades National Park or the Sulphide Glacier on Mt. Shuksan, we are guaranteed to get some amazing scenery.

We will start with the basics of how to carry and protect your camera, how to deal with cold, wet environments, and what camera is the best choice for you. We will then spend some time preparing our climbing and camera equipment for a trip to the mountains. If you are a beginning climber or photographer, there is no need to worry, we will cover the skills you need to safely summit the mountain and shoot photos.

Mt. Baker Photography Seminar

Our Approach and Curriculum

Practicing crevasse rescue on Mount Baker.

Practicing crevasse rescue on Mount Baker.  Alasdair Turner

Our camps on the north side of Mount Baker or in North Cascades National Park are in stunningly beautiful places for photography and offers a variety of photographic subjects to practice your skills. Here we can work on shooting the perfect landscape photo or basic climber portraits. A healthy population of alpine creatures, including ptarmigan and marmots, are also very common subjects at this camp.

Our routes ascend classic glaciers, and make for progressively more interesting photographic terrain as we start our ascent in the dark and summit sometime just after dawn. From here we enjoy great views of our route and the many alpine peaks surrounding us.  If we've climbed Mt. Baker, the San Juan Islands are oftne also visible. On very clear days, one can also get a view of the Seattle metro area. Groups in this program are kept small (usually three to five climbers with one guide or six to ten climbers with two guides), and throughout the trip you will enjoy a very rich learning and climbing experience.


Skills Covered in the Course

Climbing Skills

  • Ice axe and crampon techniques
  • Roping procedures for glacier travel
  • Route finding and hazard evaluation
  • Basic crevasse rescue



  • Which camera is right for you
  • Choosing the right lenses
  • How to carry your camera in a place that is convenient
  • How to protect your camera from all types of weather
  • How to use available light, artifical light, and light painting
  • Night photography
  • Fundamentals of photography for the mountains including composition, exposure, and depth of field

Mt. Baker Photography Seminar

Cost and Details

Mt. Photo - Matterhorn

Capturing the reflection of the Matterhorn and the clouds on the water.  Jeff Ries


Max Ratio - 5:1, 10:2 (Climber:Guide)

Capacity - 10



  • Backpacking skills
  • Good physical condition



Aug 10 - Aug 13, 2017


Program Cost Inclusions and Exclusions

Tuition for the program includes the guide's fee, transportation to the mountains (except on private trips), and all group climbing equipment (ropes and hardware). You will need to provide your own photographic equipment (camera, film, batteries, memory cards, etc.). Personal equipment is not included in the program cost, but it can be rented from our equipment shop. A complete list of recommended and required equipment will be sent to you upon registration.

We also offer a porter program for individuals who require physical assistance. Contact us for more information.


Mt. Baker Photography Seminar

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