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 Post subject: Volcano Raid Round 2: part 6 Mt Baker
PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:33 am 
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June 29th

After climbing Mt Hood Ari and I stopped by Hood River to get some food before the long drive back to Seattle. Once arriving back home I spoke with Amar who informed me that he was interested in tackling Baker the next day and asked if I was interested in joining. It was a no brainier as I hadn’t summit Baker yet this season so we started trying to figure out the best route. Our original intention was the Boulder/Park Cleaver headwall but after receiving some beta we found that a massive shrund wrapped around the whole route so we chose to do the Squak Glacier instead.

The route up the Squak Glacier
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We started hiking a little bit before 7 with 2.5 miles of trail before hitting continuous snow. Once we hit the snow we switched over to skinning up the low angled slopes trying to minimize our exposure to crevasses. The route is in great shape with only a few snow bridges along the way and nothing that I would consider to be sketchy. You could tell there was a lot of activity on the route on Sunday but a day later we had the whole route to ourselves. The snow hadn’t soften like we expected so once we arrived at the crater we switched over to cramponing up the Roman Headwall for the final 1000 vert. Once arriving at summit proper we rested and considered dropping into the boulder glacier but decided against doing it blindly so we got our gear together and dropped into the Roman headwall.
Amar skinning up with the Sisters to the West
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Amar skinning to the Crater
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Hiking across the flat slopes on the summit
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Looking into the crater to the east
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Looking to the NE
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We expected the snow to be firm because of the wind blasting on the face but were surprised to find it edgeable. After riding down the Headwall we found ourselves on the low angle slopes of the squak glacier delivering perfect smooth corn for over 2500 feet before becoming suncupped for the final 1500 feet back to the trail.

Amar skiing down the Roman headwall and Squak Glacier
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Now here I am packing up for a week long trip and the final chapter of the second Raid
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Sorry about blowing up the Trip report forum :nononno:

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 Post subject: Re: Volcano Raid Round 2: part 6 Mt Baker
PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:42 pm 
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Kyle Miller wrote:
June 29th


Sorry about blowing up the Trip report forum :nononno:



we would expect nothing less from you mr miller! but now you set the bar pretty high, if i see another TR from you im gonna expect like 6 more to follow and then feel jonsed if there are none.

thanks for all the stoke. way to get after it in the pnw!


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 Post subject: Re: Volcano Raid Round 2: part 6 Mt Baker
PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:37 pm 
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diggin' all the cascade stoke! Youve been killing it lately! :thatrocks:

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 Post subject: Re: Volcano Raid Round 2: part 6 Mt Baker
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:14 am 
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Thanks for the kind comments.
Now I have to take some time to type up my latest adventure its not 6 differnt trips but it definetly is a epic.

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 Post subject: Re: Volcano Raid Round 2: part 6 Mt Baker
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i don't mind you blowing up the forum with reports like that. super cool!

now for a question that will show my noob age... what exactly is a shrund? :scratch:


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 Post subject: Re: Volcano Raid Round 2: part 6 Mt Baker
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:27 pm 
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holbyco wrote:
now for a question that will show my noob age... what exactly is a shrund? :scratch:


A shrund is the shortened name for a bergshrund.
A Bergshrund is the highest and usually deepest crevasse on a Glacier.

You know when its late season and the snow pack on a steep slope starts to seperate and a crack opens up this is the same logic behind a shrund only its a few hundred feet deep.


Here is a great example of a shrund
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Hopefully this helps

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 Post subject: Re: Volcano Raid Round 2: part 6 Mt Baker
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ok cool thanks for the explanation. it makes sense why it would usually be the deepest crack also.

i'm guessing you have to be on full alert this time of year...

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