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 Post subject: Powder on Mt. Baker's slopes
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:03 pm 
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It's not often that you get to attempt a climb of Mt. Baker from the lofty elevation of 1300 vertical feet. No, we didn't push on. Summit fever wasn't strong enough to pull us up the slabby slopes, against the biting wind to the summit. It was a day to feel small, and to extract hard-earned ecstasy from the beautiful day and the powdery, pristine slopes of a hibernating Cascade giant.

I proposed the seemingly ridiculous idea to Tony that we ought to leave Seattle on Saturday evening, and just start skinning when we got there. I mean, how could it possibly take more than the usual six hours to top out? With the extensive distance and an ample depth of powder snow, it was an arduous push to reach a mere 9000 feet, and we breathlessly relished every minute of the 12 hours it took. The freshies were a simultaneous bane and consolation, such that is only possible on instruments of glisse.

ps. this was the Boulder-Park approach from the Baker Lake side. We had to skin about 4 miles of road to reach the trailhead, and there were downed trees across the road that will need clearing later on.

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Brings back the good 'ole days. Thanks for the stoke!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:04 pm 
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nice to see some NW stoke! Glad to see you're getting out of your UW dungeon.


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Cool report and pics J! 8)

Nice to see some PNW stokage.

re the pics,

for the future can you just use the normal code? Image


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It's good to see old man winter is spreading the love. :)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:33 am 
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bcrider wrote:
Cool report and pics J! 8)

Nice to see some PNW stokage.

re the pics,

for the future can you just use the normal code? Image


Yeah sorry about that, the html tags are there because I first wrote it in html for my personal website, and then pasted the source into a post here. It's BBCode tags now.

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thanks buddy.


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