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Ascent of Mount Baker on 2015-03-01

Climber: George Burgess

Others in Party:Donal O'Leary
Trevor Bloom
Jake Clemens
Date:Sunday, March 1, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Baker
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:10781 ft / 3286 m

Ascent Trip Report

Four of us - Trevor, Donal, Jake, and I - left from Heliotrope Ridge Trailhead around 3:30. We made good time through the forest, with occasional dustings of snow on the trail. When the snow thickened, around 5000 feet, we left the trail and climbed the hogback to the flanks of Heliotrope Ridge. We traversed east, climbing in the dark toward the glacier camp, arriving there with first light starting to creep into the sky. The crevasses above camp were mostly filled in, but still enough to present a concern. We threaded through them in crampons without too much difficulty, crossing a lot of icy snow. Trevor briefly tried skinning through, but it was too steep and glassy.

We arrived at Colfax Saddle a little after nine, dug a pit for our snowboards, and begin the climb of the Roman Wall. Jake only had crappy splitboard crampons, making the going extremely slow (and more than a little dangerous) for him, but he soldiered doggedly up to the top. The wind was howling on the summit. We crossed over to Grant Peak, all of us feeling the altitude to some extent, then retreated quickly after attaining our objective. On the descent, Jake had even more trouble making progress. Donal was good enough to grab my crampons at the saddle and run them up to him, helping him through the rimey final section. From there we strapped on snowboards, followed someone else's wand path down to Heliotrope, and rode off into the sunset.

Good day overall, with decent weather that, while cold, wasn't unreasonably for February.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7309 ft / 2227 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.4 mi / 21.6 km
    Route:Coleman-Deming
    Trailhead:Heliotrope Ridge Trailhead  3672 ft / 1119 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Skis
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Overcast
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by George Burgess
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