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West Ridge of Forbidden
One of North America’s most sought after alpine challenges, the West Ridge of Forbidden Peak is an exposed and engaging route. Combining glacier travel, snow climbing, scrambling and multipitch rock climbing, you’ll get the full alpine experience as you ascend this world class objective. The summit ridge provides excellent climbing on high quality rock rarely found in the alpine. This route is deserving of its place in the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America and is a route worth daydreaming about.
$1300 - $1750

Here’s What To Expect

Itinerary

Day 1 After a gear check, we’ll travel to the Boston Basin Trailhead and ascend the steep climber’s trail through the forest and up to Boston Basin. We’ll ascend to below the South Face of Forbidden Peak and make camp at the bivy. A review of skills and an early dinner will prepare you for the big day to come.

Day 2 With an early start we’ll ascend the glacier to approach the West Ridge. Some scrambling or steep snow climbing, depending on the season, will bring you to the crest of the ridge.

From here, high quality alpine rock climbing will deliver you to the dramatic summit of Forbidden Peak. Views in all directions over the heart of the North Cascades reward your efforts before a careful descent of the route to camp.

Day 3 We’ll sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before descending the climber’s trail to the cars. This general itinerary is subject to change based on weather, route conditions and participant skill level, among other factors.

This general itinerary is subject to change based on weather, route conditions and participant skill level, among other factors.
Trip Details
Ratio
1 - 2 Guests Per Guide
Season
May - September, conditions dependent
Duration
3 Days
Skill level
Intermediate +

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Skill Levels

Ski & Ride

Beginner

I’ve never (or only a handful of times) toured in the backcountry before.

Intermediate

I’ve toured a bit and been exposed to a variety of conditions in the backcountry.

Advanced

I’m a strong rider with at least a few seasons of experience touring in the backcountry riding a variety of conditions.

Expert

Skiing/Riding is life. I tour in the backcountry 60+ days per year and have many years of experience.

Alpine

Beginner

I’ve never (or only a handful of times) been alpine climbing before.

Intermediate

I’ve climbed a bit on snow as well as rock and understand the basics.

Advanced

I’m a strong climber with at least a few years of experience climbing snow, rock, and ice.

Expert

Climbing is life. I have many years of experience climbing big mountain objectives in steep variable terrain.

Rock

Beginner

I’ve never (or only a handful of times) been outdoor rock climbing before.

Intermediate

I’ve climbed a few outdoor multi-pitch rock climbs as a follower and understand the basics.

Advanced

I’m a strong climber with at least a few years of experience climbing multi-pitch routes outside (sometimes on lead).

Expert

Climbing is life. I have many years of experience climbing and am comfortable leading up to 5.9 trad.

Program Rates
$1300 - $1750

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Program Rates

Scheduled Programs

Scheduled Programs are open to all to sign up for. These programs are charged a flat rate per person, regardless of the number of people on your booking. This flat rate is often the same as the 3:1 per person rate. Scheduled programs tend to be more cost effective for groups of one or two people, and allow you to connect with other people with similar mountain interests and skill sets. 

Standard Programs

Day Rates
Overnight Rates
AIARE Courses
Ratio

1:1

1:2

1:3

1:4 +

Price

$500

$350

$300

$275

Ratio

1:1

1:2

1:3

1:4 +

Price

$550

$400

$350

$300

Ratio

Level 1

Level 2

Rescue

Mentorship

Price

$525

$525

$225

$100

Technical Programs

Cascade Mountain Ascents pays guides more when they are working in terrain that is more involved or poses higher objective hazard. Therefore, a surcharge is added to trips we deem Challenging ($100) and Complex ($200). A custom surcharge may apply to non-standard programs and will be worked out by the guide and administrative staff along with the guest(s) during program design. Here’s more information on Technical Program Surcharges

Learn More

Program Rates

Scheduled Programs

Scheduled Programs are open to all to sign up for. These programs are charged a flat rate per person, regardless of the number of people on your booking. This flat rate is often the same as the 3:1 per person rate. Scheduled programs tend to be more cost effective for groups of one or two people, and allow you to connect with other people with similar mountain interests and skill sets. 

Standard Programs

Day Rates

Ratio
Price
1:1 $500
1:2 $350
1:3 $300
1:4 + $275

Overnight Rates

Ratio
Price
1:1 $550
1:2 $400
1:3 $350
1:4 + $300

Day Rates

Ratio
Price
Level 1 $525
Level 2 $525
Rescue $225
Mentorship $100

Technical Programs

Cascade Mountain Ascents pays guides more when they are working in terrain that is more involved or poses higher objective hazard. Therefore, a surcharge is added to trips we deem Challenging ($100) and Complex ($200). A custom surcharge may apply to non-standard programs and will be worked out by the guide and administrative staff along with the guest(s) during program design. Here’s more information on Technical Program Surcharges

This general itinerary is subject to change based on weather, route conditions and participant skill level, among other factors.

Program Cost Includes: Ropes, tents, stoves, fuel, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Program Cost Does NOT Include: Transportation

Trip Reviews
“I have skied with all of the guides at CMA and have had great experiences. They are passionate about their craft, and it shows in the experiences they provide. They know where to find the best skiing and have extensive knowledge of the local terrain.”

They do the essentials really well: they’re professional, knowledgeable and competent, great teachers, and always keep an eye on safety as every guide service must. What sets them apart for me is that they do all that AND make it FUN. Some of the best times I’ve ever had in the mountains are with this crew. I highly recommend them!”

I hired this guide crew for technical education and then returned for their recreational guiding services. I’ll continue to lean on Cascade Mountain Ascents to bring me further into the backcountry and advance my technical skills in the mountains.”

Zack and Cascade Mountain Ascents is the best choice for your adventure no matter your skill level. From beginner to seasoned pro, Zack has you covered. His knowledge and skills of all-terrain and mountain situations had us feeling safe and confident all the way.”