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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-10-2017, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Default Mt Baker climb/Easton Glacier, Aug 5-6, 2017

One way to escape the smoke engulfing SW BC and NW Washington is to go above it - which is what we did on a two-day climb of Mt Baker via the Easton Glacier.


About 7.5km, 980m elevation gain, and 3 hours to hike along the Railroad Grade trail to our camp at 1970 meters (snow free until about 1800m). Smoky, but the wildflowers and views of Baker's glaciers were still awesome.





Tried to sleep until 11:00 PM wake-up time.





Started climbing all roped up at midnight. Nice firm snow all of the way with a traceable boot track to follow which wound and zigzagged around many a crevasse. Reached the summit at 5:30 AM.








Dawn on the summit; true summit is Grant's Peak on the right with the smoke below:





Waiting for the sunrise:





The sun rising through the smoke:





After an hour enjoying the summit and clear air, we headed back down into the smoke:





Down the Roman Wall into the smoke:





The Roman Wall, the steepest section, has a nice crevasse cutting through the middle of it but there is a patch of snow for crossing it where you see the folks at the top of the photo using:





Bonus of going up the Easton Glacier route is going by the crater rim (Sherman Peak looms above):





Looking into the crater:





Winding around awesome crevasses much of the way down to camp:





Snow bridge to cross:





Back camp at 10:00 AM, and after a couple hours rest at the trailhead by 3:00 PM for a total of 25km, 2300m elevation gain (and loss), and another Cascade volcano done.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-11-2017, 01:35 AM
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Nice job, I did not realize the smoke topped out below Baker's summit.

Good to know you guys were rewarded with some clean air high up.

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Nice pictures. We did the Baker summit on July 23rd. No smoke but it was cloudy, however we did get above them for great views;.
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Wonderful! So glad you guys had a nice view above the smoke. Thanks for sharing, these are beautiful photos.
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