I climbed Mt. Baker as part of the Alpine Ascents 3-day climb. Our guides (Eric and Eric) were great and made this an easy climb.
After getting drenched coming in on Friday and spending Saturday under the clouds, we were pleasantly surprised to awaken to clear skies early Sunday morning. Spectacular weather and views throughout the day.
Nice day out on the glaciers. Camped at 7,200' on rocky ridge with great views of the route. CD was busy but not out of control. A couple of snow bridges that may not last long, but attentive parties can find alternatives. Roman wall snow was firm and good for cramponing. 1st time on the mountain and it is a beauty.
This was my first climb as a Mazama member, after having climbed more than 20-yrs. with small groups of friends. It was an excellent experience, with a bunch of good folks, & I look forward to climbing with the Mazamas again! Of course, it was made all the better, by perfect weather!
Spent 6 days on the mountain and had great weather the whole trip. Learned some skills and made the summit with tons of energy to spare I'll try a harder route next time, The Easton Glacier just is not to steep for a hard effort climb, but does offer good training in the glacier envioroment.
We stripped our equipment down to the barest, lightest possible load for this two-day climb. One tent for the five of us. It had been a relatively warm night, so the Easton Glacier was a little soft the morning of July 4. My colleagues, Scott Patterson, Mark Fowlkes, Clay Parks, Tomas Kellner, and I left our campsite low on the Glacier at around 4 a.m. and reached the summit at roughly 9 a.m. The summit was chilly, windy and only partially sunny. We huddled for a half hour there eating our lunch. Scott and I had climbed this route in August 2001, but we enjoyed revisiting it with our friends. We were all a little tired from our climbs of Shuksan and Rainier earlier in the week. I hope the five of us climb together again in 2005. I can't imagine five people I'd rather spend time with in the mountains. Thanks, gents. Stephane Fitch
Great climb despite the near white-out no-view. Many thanks to my partner, esugi.
My third trip up Baker via Coleman-Deming. Climbed with Courtney (cp0915), his first time on a volcanoe. Thunderstorms and rain at night, woke up to a so-so weather and summit was obscured by clouds. Wind picked up along Pumice Ridge and gusting to 50 mph on summit. Near whiteout and very cold from 9500 feet up. No summit view.
We did this climb with our friends from the Mazamas. Crappy weather on the approach foreced us to bivy low (~5400') next to the Railroad Grade. 1am start the next morning under clear and calm conditions. Got to summit at 7am. Crowded. Quick photo and a quick upchuck (felt bad for some reason) and we hiked down/out. Headed down to L-worth for some approach-free cragging.
Quick weekend up and down, great weather, great views, good times.
What a fantastic mountain! Weather was good, route was great.
Alpine Ascents 7 days climbing course.
Second summit of Baker. We left at 2:40 am and reached true summit at 6:20 am. We took a couple of long breaks. Beautiful summer day with no wind at all.
We were a two man team but never felt uncomfortable on the glacier. The route stays in the shade till late morning (10 am in our case) so the snow stayed firm through the entire descent back to camp.
We couldn't have climbed any later in the year. Super hard ice. The icefall section above Hogback was a total nightmare. Super strong winds but actually a beautiful day. Routefinding a bit of a problem but the beautiful thing, my partner and I on the mountain alone for two days without seeing anyone!
Took AAI six day course. Rain & sleet the entire week & a total white-out at the summit, but loved it!
A truly awesome climb. We slept at the foot of the glacier and left at 430am in poor weather. Almost bagged it, but decided to see what happens a bit further up. At 9k ft, we broke through cloud deck into glorious weather. The incredibly aethetic view of Baker's heavy glaciation and nearby peaks poking through the cloud deck was incredible.
Nice easy climb on hard snow.
Lots of beautiful ice forms and crevasses. Fun, relatively easy route on a beautiful day.
Memorial weekends always helpful by adding up some necessary vocation time in our bussy life style. It was early in the season, thus most of the roads leading towrds the trailhead were completely covered with snow. Once we found a spot where to leave our car we started to go up the trail. The weather was buitiful in the morning but was rotten by the heavy rain later in the day. After a nasty day of hike we did not hope to see a clear sky, but fortunatly the next day became very promising. The summit condiitons were perfect and we summited via the Normal route with some littel variations(45 deg ice climb) to make the summit day more remarkable. It took us nine our total from the base came and back.
Went up with the promise of a dusting of new snow, bought my snowboard and rode down the majority of the Coleman-Deming route. We found shallow powder/corn down to 8000 feet. Perfect weather for the third time in a row.
Once again, perfect conditions and amazing weather. The route was very busy on the weekend. We camped at the high camp up at 7000 feet, which in hindsight is not a very good idea. The glacier begins at 6000 feet, and the first section is steep and heavily crevassed. A fall with a full backpack on this section would not be pretty. It's a short climb anyway, so the low camp on the rocks at 6000 feet is perfectly suitable.