Ascent of Mount Baker on 2018-07-21

Climber: Caleb Morris

Others in Party:Chris Albertson
Date:Saturday, July 21, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Baker
    Elevation:10781 ft / 3286 m

Ascent Trip Report

Friday afternoon drove from Tri Cities to trailhead through glorious Seattle afternoon traffic, arriving at Heliotrope trailhead around 5pm. Hiked in and set up camp at foot of Coleman Glacier where a lot of other climbers had tents set up across the span of probably a quarter mile. We got up at 1245am, climbed up onto the glacier, roped up and set off across the Coleman. Big snow slide across the route under Colfax Peak to navigate in the dark, we lost the trail through it and scrambled basically the entire way across it. Encountered first and really only big open crevasses at the saddle between Baker and Colfax. Perfect snow conditions made climbing Roman Wall pretty straightforward, we stowed the rope for this part of the climb as this seemed pretty similar to other snow climbs we've done off rope. It was a little cold up on the mountain top but nice views in all directions. Crevasse danger seemed minimal at least early in the morning before the snow softened, which started happening around 9am. Worth mentioning, once it was light out and we looked back on the route behind us, there is a huge snow mass (glacier) sliding off the top of Colfax Peak just above the route.
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Myself and Chris Albertson atop Mount Baker (2018-07-21). Photo by Caleb Morris.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7200 ft / 2194 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:7200 ft / 2194 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Start Trailhead:Heliotrope  3581 ft / 1091 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km

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