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    huevon
    124 Posts

    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.


    16-second exposure. Sometime around 3 or 4 AM?

    #587560
    542east
    5 Posts

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

    #587561
    nomad
    288 Posts

    nice to see some NW stoke! Glad to see you’re getting out of your UW dungeon.

    #587562
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    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?

    #587563
    Arash
    27 Posts

    It’s good to see old man winter is spreading the love. 🙂

    #587564
    huevon
    124 Posts

    @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?

    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.

    #587565
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    thanks buddy.

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