Ascent to Mount Baker-Deming Glacier center on 2008-09-26

Climber: Les Zollbrecht

Others in Party:Steve Gibb
Date:Friday, September 26, 2008
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Baker - Deming Glacier center
    Elevation:9200 ft / 2804 m
    Remaining Elevation:1581 ft / 482 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful weather. 6-10 new inches of snow on the glacier concealing cracks on the otherwise dry glacier (weeks earlier). Punched through 3 bridges, Steve punched through 3 as well. Route was ended when we came to the bridge to nowhere (a soft 30' bridge that was actively collapsing as I approached. No other routes were visible to bypass this massive crevasse. The upper slopes were loaded with new snow so the Avi risk was great up high. On the way down, the sun came out full strength and softened the new snow substantially. Not a good day for snow bridges.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Time:3 Hours 

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