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Default Cascades fieldwork tour

I helped some colleagues from SFU for her fieldwork on Mt Baker this weekend and thought I'd share some of the views. We started at Easton Glacier, trying to reconstruct the glacial history.

We hiked part of the Paul Scott trail (or is it Scott Paul?) and poked around the moraines. Although we hiked through the forest in fog, the sun burned it off by the time we reached the first view of Baker. Amazing place.
From there, we drove south to Mt Rainier to join another group from UNBC and UCalgary who were working on the glaciers there. We spent a couple of days working on Nisqually and Emmons Glaciers. The wildflowers were out in abundance, which made the heat bearable!

We spotted a moraine-dammed lake and so went for a swim. There's nothing quite like swimming in the shadow of a 14,0000, glacier-clad volcano!

Although we didn't make it back to Vancouver until 2am yesterday, it was a great trip. The Cascades sure are incredible!
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