This summer I'm looking to make a start into my developing passion of mountaineering, along with some of my friends who are looking to start. We all have little to no mountaineering experience, but have been snowshoeing, backpacking, and climbing multiple times, and are fairly developed climbers.
We talked recently and decided that Mt. Baker would be a good first climb for us because it is close to home, not that it really matters but saves us gas money... It is also not too elevated, so the chance of HAPE or HACE would be low, It is a fairly populated route, so if things do go wrong, there is lots of help available.
My biggest concerns are the glaciers and the possibility of getting altitude sickness. Because we have no experience with either really, we were going to take a few day courses over the summer to learn the basic skills, and then when it came to the climb we would spend an extra day on the mountain to practice those.
In addition, my climbing partners don't really wish to pay for a guide, which might be needed. I thought that it might be possible to go with the alpine club... just a thought worth mentioning.
So, what does everyone think about doing Mt. Baker as our first climb?