Bellingham, WA; April 12, 2013 – For anyone who’s felt they should climb Mt. Baker someday, now’s the time to go for it — and raise money for education about climate change at the same time.
In addition to exploring the awe-inspiring glacial landscape of Mt. Baker up close, climbers will see evidence of climate change first hand. Guides will identify changes in the glaciation that have taken place over the last three decades and the acceleration in loss of ice mass in the last ten years.
Bellingham’s American Alpine Institute (AAI) is offering two “Climb for the Climate” experiences this summer designed for backpackers and novice climbers. The internationally recognized guide company will donate proceeds to the Whatcom Museum in support of its much-anticipated exhibition Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775- 2012, opening at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher galleries November 3, 2013.
LEARN MORE AT APRIL PROGRAM
On Sunday, April 21 at 3 pm, Jason Martin, international mountain guide with the American Alpine Institute, presents a firsthand view of a Mt. Baker climb and how people can make it happen for themselves. The program is in the Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall Rotunda Room; suggested donation of $3; museum members free.
The 3-day skills and climb program is designed for backpackers and novice climbers who will learn the basics of safe glacier travel and the thrill of making their way up the immense glaciers of Mt. Baker to one of America’s most beautiful alpine summits. Climb dates are July 27-29 or August 31-Sept 2; Cost is $640, plus some equipment fees.
VANISHING ICE FEATURES ART FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Offering an extraordinary look at the rich artistic legacy of the planet’s frozen frontiers now threatened by a changing climate, Vanishing Ice spans more than 200 years with 75 works of art representing 12 nations and featuring both poles as well as alpine terrain worldwide.