Hiking in from the Upper Parking lot at Baker with skins, got some awesome powder turns down Swifty, but the lower we got in the valley, snow started caking up under bindings and popping our boots out. Turned back, did another lap on Swifty and one down Bluebery Chute to the lake. Have been up to the lake in summer on a Shuksan summit, will definitely being going back to tag this one
Wow, I've given this one 2 prior attempts before summiting this time around. Both times before timing out on the connecting ridge between Han and Ann with deep powder, conditions were quite different this year. Mushy snow in the forest and 'Cascade Concrete' everywhere else, normally ascending the North face of the basin is laid back, we experienced 65° steep snow, the summit block was 300' of the same. Views were superlative!