Cairn Leadership

Mt Baker Leadership Summit

Join five other leaders on an experience of a lifetime complete with leadership lessons and practical application designed to help you build better teams.

July 26-28, 2024

Interested in a 'leadership summit' with more than four beige walls and power point?

Maybe one where you have a chance to summit?

Key lessons: 

  1. Communication – team specific strategies to facilitate key information flow
  2. Team Dynamics – best practices for designing a team 
  3. Team Emotional Intelligence – creating emotional norms for a high performance culture
  4. Systems Thinking – holistic problem solving skills to improve teams

Assess your strengths and opportunities with a pre-adventure leadership diagnostic. Over three coaching sessions develop and implement a personalized Leader Action Plan to build skills and behaviors. Climb the classic Easton Glacier Route on Mount Baker in Washington State with a team of other professionals to test your new skills and explore new ideas. Traverse vast glaciers on rope teams, learn and practice mountaineering skills, and camp with incredible views of the North Cascade Range. Reconnect with your coach for accountability and to renew your Leader Action Plan after your adventure.

Leaders cresting a hill on Mt Baker Leadership Summit


Adventure Size: 6 Clients + 3 Guides

Leadership Topics: Team Science & Systems Thinking

Outdoor Activities: Mountaineering, Backpacking, Camping

Travel: Fly into SEATAC (1.5 hour drive). Meet in Sedro-Wooley at 7 am. Finish at the trailhead at Noon on Monday (3 hour drive to SEATAC).

Experience Level: None required. We will give you a fitness plan, all your gear and technical training on the mountain. 

Price: $1,999 per person


A few weeks prior to your adventure, get a leadership benchmark assessment with a certified leadership coach. Then pick three of our core leadership competencies you want to focus on with your group. Prepare with hand selected articles, podcasts and videos we’ll send you.

On the adventure, you’ll practice making tough real-time decisions that impact your group while engaging in outdoor activities led by experienced guides. Get rigorous leadership study, peer learning opportunities, and chances to practice your leadership style in consequential situations with immediate feedback. Cap it off with a leadership coaching session on Sunday to extract actionable insights to apply Monday.

Includes a personal leadership assessment, certified guides, all technical gear (crampons, axes, ropes, harnesses, helmets, and camping gear), meals, and a guided three month leadership self-discovery process from Cairn Leadership!

Challenge Level 4: Backpack and hike 14 miles with 7,000 feet of elevation gain

Cancellation Policy: We know things come up and we start making our logistics plans two months before an adventure. Outside of 60 days you can get a full refund or move to another adventure free of charge.  Between 60 and 30 days from your adventure we will move you to another adventure or refund 50% of your registration. Inside 30 days refunds are only by special circumstance. 


Leadership team at the crater



  • Guided mountaineering

  • Personal Leadership Assessment

  • Leadership discussions and lessons based on competencies participants choose

  • One on one leadership coaching from an ICF certified coach

  • A guided journal to work through leadership theories and capture new insights

  • Outdoor skills clinics such as navigation and wilderness medicine


  • One tent per person

  • All outdoor camping and cooking gear

  • All meals, snacks and hydration

  • A detailed gear list with examples and how-to videos for personal camping gear

  • A customizable fitness plan

  • Technical gear rentals for crampons and ice axes

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Leadership Summit hike down

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