Ascent of Mount Baker on 2017-08-26

Climber: Oliver Staley

Others in Party:Craig Welch
Warren Cornwall
Date:Saturday, August 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Baker
    Elevation:10781 ft / 3286 m

Ascent Trip Report

Great climb. Left Bellingham around 8, started climbing from Heliotrope parking lot at around 10. Hiked three miles, roped up at foot of glacier, and reached Black Butte campsite around 4. Pitched camp on glacier, scouted route. Rose at 2 am, began climbing at 3:40. Route meandered around wide open crevasses and under hanging seracs. Much confusion about how to ascend pumice ridge - due to late August conditions there was no easy access vis glacier; we eventually set up a belay for short scramble. From there, it was a straight forward climb up pumice ridge to Roman Wall and on to summit. Reached top at about 9:40, with a lot of time lost sorting out route. Descended same route, reaching parking lot at 6.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7181 ft / 2188 m
    Route:Coleman Deming
    Trailhead:Heliotrope Ridge parking Lot  3600 ft / 1097 m
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
clear and cal;m, very sunny on the mountain

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