Ascent of Mount Baker on 2009-05-27

Climber: Rob Carter

Others in Party:Josh Carnes
Otina Fox
Mike Mays
Date:Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Baker
    Elevation:10781 ft / 3286 m

Ascent Trip Report

Picked a great week to attempt this climb. FR# 1131 had been blocked by a blowdown, but it was gone when we drove up the road. Weather was great as we ascended Boulder Ridge via the winter trail. Snow line was about 2600'. Got off route and ascended the ridge at the South end (the hard way) up the face (before the rope). Camped at about 5100' to the East of the ridge and protected from the wind. Tuesday it rained from 2:30AM to about 9:00PM with a short window before dusk which allowed dinner and snow melt. Off at 5:00AM Wednesday for an epic all day climb (5700') through knee deep slush and socked in conditions. I was learning on the go from 3 talented climbers and thank them for their patience as they could have made it up and down by the time we summited, but you have to start somewhere.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:8181 ft / 2493 m
    Total Elevation Loss:8181 ft / 2493 m
    Round-Trip Distance:22 mi / 35.4 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Extremely Windy, Low Clouds
Socked in 1 Day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:8181 ft / 2493 m
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route:Boulder Glacier
    Start Trailhead:Along FST #1131  2600 ft / 792 m
    Time:2 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:8181 ft / 2493 m
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route:Boulder Ridge
    End Trailhead:Along FST #1131  2600 ft / 792 m
    Time:1 Days 

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