Ascent of Mount Baker on 2015-06-21

Climber: Chris Gemmill

Others in Party:Keating VD
Date:Sunday, June 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Baker
    Elevation:10781 ft / 3286 m

Ascent Trip Report

Glorious trip!
Saturday was cloudy for the most part which made the hiking cooler and more mild. Trail conditions perfect to camp at Heliotrope Ridge. It seemed to me there were more exposed crevasses on the lower Coleman than usual this year but, with a milder winter and warmer spring, that should be expected. Even so, we donned the crampons but opted not to rope up between the Hogback and Heliotrope -- no real concern, up and down. We launched for the summit at about 1:30am, first out of camp. With no recent snow, the boot path around Colfax Peak was easy to follow with only a few easily spotable and fairly minor crevasses to negotiate -- increasing, of course on the approach to the saddle. (We shored each other up and hopped over one that we deemed safe because it was only 2~3 feet across and we weren't in to mood to track around it.) Stopped for breakfast at the bottom of the Roman Wall -- a good point to fuel up!! The route is pretty straight forward and tracks (especially ice pick divots) were sill easy to spot in the dark. The snow was in great crampon condition all the way up. Hit the summit at about 5:30 -- good time but a little bummed because we wanted to be there for sunrise and we were about 30 minutes late -- but, we were officially the first to summit Koma Kulshan in the "summer" of 2015. (Happy Solstice!!)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7199 ft / 2194 m
    Trailhead:Heliotrope Trailhead  3582 ft / 1091 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:8 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:6 Hours 15 Minutes

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