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Ascent of Mount Baker on 2013-07-11

Climber: Kevin DeFields

Date:Thursday, July 11, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Baker
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:10781 ft / 3286 m

Ascent Trip Report

Approached via the standard route up the Railroad Grade. We passed by the lower camps and set up at 6,800'. There was a melt water stream with excellent flow about 150 yards north of our camp so we avoided having to melt snow.

Woke at 1AM for a 2AM start. Reached the summit at 7:20AM. Returned to camp by 10:30AM. The route was in good condition with very little crevasse navigation. Very high winds led to a chilly climb but kept the skies clear above us though there was a thick cloud layer up to around 8,000' which covered most of the North Cascade peaks.

NOTE: while there WAS a bridge across the creek on our approach, it was removed later that day by a trail maintenance team. It was a very unpleasant surprise to find it missing on our return trip.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:7421 ft / 2262 m
    Route:Easton Glacier
    Trailhead:3360 ft / 1024 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Extremely Windy, Clear



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