Ascent of Mount Baker on 2015-03-01
|Others in Party:||Donal O'Leary|
|Date:||Sunday, March 1, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||10781 ft / 3286 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFour 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|
| 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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