Last weekend seven of us climbed Baker via the Easton Glacier. We car-camped late Friday night at the trailhead, hiked up to base camp on Saturday, refreshed some skills and checked out some crevasses, and started climbing at about 1am Sunday morning. We had a team of three and a team of four. The four person team summitted at about 8am, with the other group up shortly after. We were the first group to leave camp, and the second group to make summit that day. It was a busy weekend on the mountain. Just thought I'd share a few pictures from the trip.
View from the alpine
The trail up the Railroad Grade to base camp. Walking along this moraine was pretty fun, with sharp drop-offs on the right. On our way down on Sunday we got blasted with some rain, wind, and dust.
Twist that neck.... camp with ice-fall behind.
None of my pics from night/dusk turned out well, but this one shows John, Francoise, and Brandon pausing to view the crazy weather that teased us all weekend. We had it all: wind, rain, snow, and of course sunshine. Some of the people in our party study weather/climate, so it was interesting to listen to their weather jargon.
Approaching the col with a US team in front. We eventually passed them. At the col we met a group who had come up the Coleman-Demming route, as well as a very nasty squall that kept us hunkered down for a few minutes. We later wondered what happened to those guys, as we never saw them on the summit....
Preparing to ascend the Roman Wall.
The Easton Glacier from the crest of the Roman Wall.
John, Francoise, and Brandon taking a short pause after the Roman Wall on the summit dome.
Grant Peak with the day's first team standing atop.
Scenery from above. This is the crater. You can see smoke or fumes near bottom right. Personally, I have to admit that Baker is the smelliest mountain I have ever climbed. Rotten egg sulphury smells... even from camp at times. Of course we all made jokes about who farted...
Our rope team: myself, John, Francoise, and Brandon.
Our two teams with summit register in foreground. In the back: me, Lisa, Geoff, and Peter. In the front: John, Francoise, and Brandon. We were by far the most beautiful people on the mountain... Someone brought coffee and we relaxed atop for over an hour.
Representing the homeland!!
Just below the summit with Baker Lake below.
On the way down Francoise watches as Brandon crosses a crevasse.
I'm sure the others have even better pics. Thanks for the good times guys!! And a raised glass to Geoff for organizing.