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nortonchum 06-26-2008 02:47 PM

Mount Baker Jun23-Jun24, 2008
 
Mount Baker was a long time anticipated trip. Four of us (Ravil, Stefan, Pavel and Nikolai) waited for a stretch of good weather for three weeks. Finally the weather forecast was promising and last Monday we went. We left Vancouver at 6:00AM. The border crossing wasn't a problem. When we signed in at the ranger station we were "encouraged" by a ranger. He told us that the weather was really nasty for the last two days - strong winds and a complete whiteout, and no one summitted.
We drove up the Glacier Creek road and we park our Jeep at the elevation 985 m, roughly 2.5 km before the parking lot.

First day. The Beginning of the trip. I'm checking my watch and the elevation. We set off for the trail just before 10:00AM
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The bridge across Glacier creek was washed out. We had to cross the creek.
https://www.clubtread.com/forumPix/170000/170173.jpg

Hiking up to the base camp
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We arrived at the base camp at 16:20PM. The elevation is 2185m
1. View of Mnt. Baker
2. American Border Peak and Larrabee
3. Cheam range
4. Baker in the clouds
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The second day - the ascent. We woke up at 3:00AM. A very quick breakfast and we were on our way up at 4:30AM.
https://www.clubtread.com/forumPix/170000/170183.jpg
2.-3. At the Colfax col
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4.The Roman Wall. 5. Nikolai looking at the Roman Wall.
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The summit.
We summited at 9:30AM. It was sunny, but windy at the top. The views were amazing. We were above the clouds.
1.-2. The crater view
4. Ravil
5.- 6. The small summit knob is known as Grant Peak
7. 3286m the Mnt. Baker elevation
8. Pavel
9. Stefan
10. Nikolai
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Going down.
We didn't spend a lot of time at the summit. A quick snack and we went down at 10:00AM
1. Descending the Roman Wall
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We were almost at the base camp when clouds began to roll in.
https://www.clubtread.com/forumPix/170000/170202.jpg

We returned back at the base camp slightly after the noon. Twenty minutes later clouds came in. It was a complete whiteout then again. It was a perfect timing for us. We cooked a light lunch then went down at 3:00PM. The way down was almost uneventful, except a crossing the creek. Walking over the log was exciting. We we back at the truck just before 6:00PM. It was a very successful trip. We was able to find a perfect time window for the good weather to summit.


simonc 06-26-2008 03:02 PM

Nice going on the trip and having a view up top[8D].

Spunky 06-26-2008 03:10 PM

Great accomplishment Nicolai [8D]! I'm glad the weather window held out for you :)

oriana 06-26-2008 04:05 PM

congratulations..that is great.my next destination.!

MarkT2008 06-26-2008 04:55 PM

great TR, thanks for sharing

EAK 06-26-2008 05:52 PM

Baker is always a neat place to go....a classic event. Sometimes the weather says you can go, and you were fortunate. Nice pictures.

mazeGirl 06-26-2008 06:42 PM

5 Attachment(s)
congrats! I always love your TRs and admire you!

Flowing-Brook 06-26-2008 07:03 PM

Good job nortonchum and company, you guys do great trips all year round. Great pictures and report.

EugeneK 06-26-2008 08:06 PM

Congratulations, excellent weather window timing.

KARVITK 06-26-2008 08:51 PM

Wow first class Nikolai, great feat to take Mt. Baker. Superb TR with those great shots of Baker and nearby peaks. I especially enjoy the one showing the whole range of Mt. Cheam and its companion peaks.

K

Shadee 06-26-2008 09:06 PM

Very nice - what perfect timing!

burnabyhiker 06-26-2008 11:04 PM

Sweet! Well done to all 4 of you. [8D]

nortonchum 06-26-2008 11:06 PM

Thanks to all of you for your replies.
Stefan and Pavel made a huge picture contribution for this report. Thanks to them for this.

Regarding the perfect timing. It was everything - Ravil's experience, a good luck and an old superstition. I wasn't allowed to brush my teeth in the morning not to spoil the good weather.;)

gamos 06-27-2008 12:22 PM

Great trip - I may be seeking advice from you on this one later on.

vic 06-27-2008 12:29 PM

Really enjoyed your pictures as I sat here on my lunch break at work. Good work!


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