Nice pic. I hope to bag this one in September this year. Looks like it'd make a sweet winter climb too.
People have been doing it this winter. Main issue is access to the trailhead (it can be walked from the highway if need be). Winter trip report here.
Baring is a great view peak and it's cool looking itself too. It's at just the right height for the area (6,000 ft) for maximum viewing pleasure. However, I don't think you'd want to come up here just to climb Baring. You could spend the night at or near the trailhead and do Gunn Peak the next day. If you should choose the latter, let me know and I might join you since I failed on my first attempt at Gunn many years ago. (I don't really wish to climb Baring again...because I'm a peakbagger.)
Thanks for the info. I was actually thinking about taking a 3 day weekend in September and doing Baring, Gunn and ....dammit I can't think of the other one right there, maybe it's called Merchant? I'll let you know
Speaking of cascadeclimber.com in regards to your link there, I lurk there from time to time and saw an old thread about the 23(?) pitch climb on Garfield, the longest sport climb in the US and saw you had done most of it. That's hopefully on my list to do this summer too. I may be begging for beta from you at some point. :- ) Kinda sucks that the hardest pitches are right at the end though.
Merchant is the one between Baring & Gunn (see this picture). Nearby Mt. Index would be more worthy than Merchant but the standard East Ridge route up Index is Class 5.5 or so for a half-pitch once the snow has melted out of the Hourglass Gully. I will be putting up a route page for the Hourglass Gully shortly (plus some more Index pics).
Regarding the Garfield bolted route: it wasn't me that you saw in the thread. I have not been on the route or climbed the peak. Also, the route in question does not go to the true summit but to the West Peak. The continuation to the main summit is Class 5 at worst, Class 4 at best. Garfield is a peak that definitely deserves being represented on this site. The picture below shows Garfield. The West Peak is on the left; the Main Peak at right. The bolted route in question comes up that smooth rock basin visible at far left.
Nice pic! I could've sworn it was a member on cc named Klenke so I assumed it was you. I'll have to go back and check it again.
I'd love to do that route on Index but I'm not much of a free soloist, no matter how easy the pitch. Unless you want to join me on that one, I usually stick to 3rd or easy 4th class stuff or unexposed 5th when I'm alone or sans rope. I'd be interested to see what the Hourglass Gully looks like though.
FYI, do you know about the SP climb on Shuksan June 12-13? If you haven't done that one, thought you might be interested.
You're right, I did post twice in that thread (here is the thread). However, I was right that I have not been on the mountain. I very much want to climb the Main Peak of Garfield. Infinite Bliss doesn't interest me at this juncture (plus I probably can't climb at that grade anyway).
Hourglass Gully will have to wait till tomorrow.
I have climbed Shuksan.