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Mtraslin 10-16-2008 11:14 AM

Mount Baker-Helitrope Ridge -ski -oct 11
Photos Andy/Mike Traslin

Out of bed by 5:30am and in the car by 6:30am it was off to to Mount Baker for a ski/climb summit.By the time I reached the sumas boarder the line up"s were backed up for at least an hour .Once through the boarder,we stoped for gas and filled up.But when I went to start the car,no luck.So I pulled the the fuse box out and replaced the burnt fuse.Thankfully the car started so it was off to the trail head.With our gear packed we were off hiking by 10:15am.After an hour and a half we reached the toe of the coleman glacier.Roped up and skis and skins on we climbed for about fourty-five minutes,and started to realize our route finding was sketchy,and the snow bridges were very weak and dangerous.So we took our climbing skins off,and skied down to safe zone.Once in a safer area we looked at alternate routes to climb/ski,but we also looked at the the time,it was already 1:00pm.Looking over at Helitrope ridge we saw that there was some good skiing,so we opted out of skiing the Mount Baker summit,we figured three out of five is not bad for the summer and fall.Once at Helitrope ridge we were happy to realize there was some good earley season skiing and other skiers to enjoy it with.After six laps it was time to head back.We were happy to get our turns all year,or 24 months straight.Not always powder,but still fun spending time in the natural world.

Mtraslin 10-16-2008 11:45 AM


ATraslin 10-17-2008 10:51 AM

I think your story should be under washington state!

Mtraslin 10-18-2008 09:18 AM

Okay all is well!

KARVITK 10-22-2008 07:54 PM

Great report. Looks like you are in the dead of winter, at height of snow season. Great shots.


mad owl woman 10-23-2008 12:40 AM

skiing 24 months straight...that's dedication!

I think you guys ran past wilderness seeker and I last month near Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi park.

Mtraslin 10-23-2008 02:48 PM

Thanks Karvitk!Yes I LOVE being in the mountains more than most things I guess that is where the dedication comes from.That being said I heard there is a guy out there who is up to 29 years straight of turns all year.I would like to say that was us who ran by you,I have a fair amount of energy, but to be in a bunch of places at the same time would be a great skill!HA HA!

Wildman 10-23-2008 07:49 PM

Excellent trip and great pics. [^] [8D]

Mtraslin 10-24-2008 10:32 AM

Thanks Wildman!

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