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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-22-2009, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Photos Mike Traslin/Andy Traslin Tuesday June 16 2009 10-12 HOURS

With three weeks of false starts and obssesive weather studying June 16 seem to be the day to hit Mount Baker.With a small twist we would have to bring our mountain bikes,as the road to the trail head had a washout.No sleep and a 4:30 start,it was time to slowly churn the cranks of our mountain bikes,as we were burdened by our skis and climbing gear.Burden of joy our burden of pain was yet to be determined on this mini possible epic.Two low rpm hours we were at the trail head,and eager to leave our bikes at peace in the trees.Ten thousand feet of biking,hiking,skiing we were at the summit of Mount Baker.Tired and happy we paid our respects with a quick visit on the summit,as we could see our friend Mr Whiteout on the way.The ski on the Roman Headwall was corn snow on a variable crust,but pretty good if you were able to put some power into your skiing.At 1:30 pm Andy and I took a quick nap before skiing the coleman glacier.The nap turned into a 30 minute sleep,five maybe ten minutes was the intention.When I woke my dazed state realized our ski route was barely visible,with intensity I told Andy it was time to hit it.I took first lead,then Andy in a state of extreme focus led us back down to safe terrain off the glacier.At 5000ft we switched back to our hiking shoes which were stashed in the trees.Fatigued tired and barely awake at 3500ft it was a fun transition to our mountain bikes blasting down the fire road.
Anouther fun successful day in the mountains,earning your turns with your own free will is somehow rewarding.



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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-22-2009, 06:47 AM
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Looks like a new kind of triathalon - mt bike, hike, ski . . .

Way to create a custom adventure (and no long lines to stand in). It appears that it was a challenge (more smiles at the start!)

Thanks for posting the pics so we can follow your day.

What's next??

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Baker is like your second home it seems. Another great ski trip..in June too!

Was this just a little warm up for the TOM? You guys had a great race on Sat!

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It was a good warm up for the Test.Mike next time don't zip up your new North Face jacket.
But it's good you wore the shiny side on the outside.Where else can you ski in June 2 hours from home.Good news the road should be fixed up sometime in mid July, so we don't have to ride up next time.
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@Baddoc48 it was a mental and physical challenge that day!New triathalon (maybe)that would be cool!Not enough competitors to compete!You never know sports are always evolving!

Thanks Lupin!Yes a warm up for the Test of Metal,except my legs were crushed and not recovered for the race!
I also had a nasty crash and lost about thirty spots![:I][B)]

Just glad I did not break any bones or bike parts!

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You two are absolutely insane, and by insane I mean awesome Nice TR!
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Fricken sweet. Nice work.
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Thanks![:I]
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Fine tour in great style.
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post #10 of (permalink) Old 06-25-2009, 10:31 PM
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Great trip....doing Baker from the trailhead to summit is already rewarding but adding the bike ride is mint[8D]!
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