· Our goal is to reach the summit of Mount Baker, the 2nd highest peak in Washington State, at 10,7788 ft/3,285 meters high.
· This climbing expedition will take place in the local region where I live, the Pacific Northwest of North America. I will propose starting at the seaport, Port Angeles, Washington, (near the mouth of the Straits of Juan de Fuca), and ending at the Summit of Mount Baker before returning home.
· This expedition will celebrate the rich exploratory history of our region from the 18th century, dating back 150 years, as well as assisting with Mammut’s own celebration of 150 years.
· It will embrace global sustainability by staying within a 50-mile/70km circle of my home, Lopez Island. This is part of the San Juan Island Archipelago and is located in the Salish Sea, including the Straits of Juan de Fuca, and Straits of Georgia, nestled between the Olympic Peninsula, Vancouver Island and the mainland of Washington and British Columbia.
· Included on our expedition will be a range of students from Lopez Island, including their teacher and other community members that will add to this experience. Already we are looking at involving the local island school, during their educational studies, as well as young university students on this expedition of historic significance. It is the university students that helped realize the initial concepts for the design portion of the Anniversary collection.
· In our modern world of transportation, we can reach the trailhead for our climb in one day, with a ferryboat and car, and make this technical climb in two days. I am proposing a much more adventurous and historic journey that will retrace the first Mount Baker ascent route taken almost 150 years ago. It will showcase the maritime system of transportation that supported Mammut’s rope industry for it’s first 80 years, by sailing in a historic tall-masted sailing vessel. During the 3 days on board this ship there will be ample time to use Mammut climbing harnesses as we practice our rope handling skills, setting the large sails and climbing around on the masts.
· This expedition will also honor the indigenous local tribe of the Lummi Nation, who assisted in the first climbing expedition of Mt. Baker, as we travel via sailing ship, Indian dugout canoe and kayak, partially up the headwaters of the Nooksack River, travel and hike to base camp, via Heliotrope Ridge and finally take the same climbing route up the Coleman Glacier to the summit, that bears the first climber’s name, Edmund T Coleman.
· In celebrating Mammut’s Anniversary with this climb rich in history, we may also be able to honor our mountaineering heritage through historic mountaineering costumes, transitioning to our modern Mammut clothing for the final climb.