Explore the North Cascades
Girls on Ice Cascades, our flagship expedition, first ran in 1999. Each year, the team hikes into the North Cascades to design science experiments, practice art, and learn glacier travel skills. On this expedition, the team camps on a glacier atop a volcano!
Each year the day-to-day details of the expedition change due to weather and glacier conditions. The basic itinerary is generally as follows:
Day 1: Meet the team, prepare for the expedition, and camp out at a farm near Marblemount, WA.
Day 2: Drive to the vicinity of Mt. Baker and get comfortable with pack and boots by enjoying a short day hike.
Day 3: Hike to basecamp at 6000 feet on Mt. Baker and set up home for the week.
Days 4-9: Explore the glacier and surrounding environment. Develop and test science experiments, practice art, and learn glacier travel skills!
Days 10-11: Hike out and travel to the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in North Cascades National Park. Wrap up science, art, and reflection activities. Deliver public presentations on science experiments and the experiences of the expedition.
Day 12: Enjoy a final morning of activities together before heading home!