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
The bridge across Glacier creek was washed out. We had to cross the creek.
Hiking up to the base camp
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
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.
2.-3. At the Colfax col
4.The Roman Wall. 5. Nikolai looking at the Roman Wall.
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
5.- 6. The small summit knob is known as Grant Peak
7. 3286m the Mnt. Baker elevation
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
We were almost at the base camp when clouds began to roll in.
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.
Interest: Hiking, Snowshoeing, and Photography. Enjoying the outdoors fresh air and fitness experience.
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.