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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-12-2015, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Default First solo scramble (albeit short) at Coleman Pinnacle, Baker.

Woke up Fri. with a day off. I was in the mood to hike and particularly climb some rocks so I decided I would head out for my first ever solo scramble... at Coleman Pinnacle, Mt. Baker.

I drove through the Sumas border, arrived at Artist Point, geared up and off I went. Wasn't in the mood to dawdle as I'd been to Ptarmigan Ridge only 4 days before. Kept up a good pace and noticed a woman in front of me also with a strong pace. I wondered if I would or could catch up with her and eventually I did. Said hello and passed her, then we met up again and introduced ourselves. Turns out she was from New West. and since we were both on a mission decided to hike together for a couple of miles.

Since my goal was the Coleman Pinnacle and hers was the end of Ptarmigan Ridge (East Portal) we said good-bye at the turn off (where the rocks meet the grass).

I started up the trail which was easy to see and followed it. Looked behind me and decided it was time to put on my bucket. (better safe than sorry). If anyone knows my history I have had 2 falls at Baker, one requiring a trip to emerg.

I arrived on the ridge and could see tents set up at Kaiser Camp. I also kept my eyes peeled for goats but saw none.

Followed the ridge to the rock.. and then the fun began. I knew the rock on this scramble was good having done this scramble once before but I was still careful to make sure every rock I held was secure.

Arrived on the summit... so happy... I made it... my first solo scramble. Took some selfies.

When I came down I only reached one section where I thought to myself "great.. how am I supposed to get down from here?!" I reminded myself to stay calm, "look at the puzzle" and "figure it out"... finally I realized which way was going to be easier (safer) and chose that way... all good.

Headed back to the parking lot and spotted one goat. About a mile in from the TH.

Fun day and easy little scramble.
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Same boots! Nice outing Janice. I'm surprised they let you take pics at the border. I'd be scared of getting shot.
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Ooh, ah, I love the lake pic! And the second to last photo of the rock staircase is very cool.
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That pinnacle looks like a fairly narrow spike of a rock. Nice set of pictures and story telling to bring us along.

Looks like you had a bit of a border wait there.

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Well done Janice.
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Clayton: Yes! Only the second time I've seen someone wearing the same boots... Vasque's from REI. The best!
Thanks guntis.
Karl: border wait wasn't that long. Only about 25 minutes.
Thanks simon.
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Great post. How long did the trail take you?
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Nice pictures. I was there that day as well and went to the end of the Ptarmigan Trail. Must have passed you on my way back as I got back to the lot at about 1:30. I must try this scramble.
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Thanks W.Jacque. I didn't time myself but I think it took me about 1 hr 15 (roughly) to get to the area where the trail branches off for Coleman Pinnacle. Then another 1/2 hr - 45 minutes to summit... guessing. I motored on my way there, then took my time going up (looking at the views, taking selfies, studying the rocks).

Oh really DogOne? Cool... sure was a busy day at the parking lot!
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