I've spent the last few months hibernating and decided it was time for Dblair and I to get out and do a trip with all this sunny weather we've been having. Destination the Coleman Pinnacle. Peakbagger has a TR for this one up from the same time last year. Same sunny weather and lots of shots of Baker and Shuksan as well.
Parked the car in the top lot at the Mount Baker ski area, and hit the trail at about 9:45am. Snowshoed upto artist point and then headed over to start the traverse of Table mountain.
We followed the well travelled backcountry skiiers track for most of the day.
Once we reached the first col, we got a view of the Pinnacle and started another traverse of the next bowl. At this point it looked so close, but later found out actually QUITE far away still.
Looking back at the second traverse with some nice cornices up above in which some skiiers dropped in off of. These guys had tracks coming down steep faces and pretty much anywhere untracked.
This is looking back at the 3rd traverse which started down on the sunny flats
After completing the gruelling 3rd traverse in which you never actually see the mountain itself you finally bust over a ridge and are rewarded with a closer view than before, but marks the start of another traverse.
Looking back, but can see where you come over the ridge and start the 4th and final traverse.
Last final steep push before you reach the last ridge and begin to scramble upto the top. This is where snowshoes were taken off and poles were left behind. Crampons and ice axes weren't needed.
Ridge scramble and summit shots. 1 or 2 sections required extra attention,as it was made more difficult with shallow slushy snow on rock with exposure.
Trip back was quick, but at times I thought damn, skis would be nice right now.
Club Retreads clothing locker was raided for this trip. Two mid eighties' pile jackets(seemingly indestructible),rad pants, and out of sight a first generation mec goretex parka that leaked like a sieve from day one. I thought a hard shell was a turtle. Pass the Kendall mint cake and the wine skin, it's lunch time.
When the winter sun is shining the country out past Artist Point is a giant whip cream world of endless snow, well worth a visit.