Intermediate Snowshoe - Shuksan Arm (winter)

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Intermediate Snowshoe - Shuksan Arm (winter)

Exploratory trip to set up new Club route.

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft

Brickyard P&R at 6:00am.

If the are participants joining us from the North or staying at Baker Lodge, additional arrangements will be made as needed.

[ This trip was cancelled due to  lack of interest from participants who met the prerequisites. ]

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The area surrounding Baker Lodge is one of the most beautiful winter playgrounds one is likely to see anywhere, yet there are very few Club snowshoe routes nearby.  This is an exploratory trip to try to set up a new route to Shuksan Arm, an exceptionally scenic ridge above the Mt. Baker ski area.  The Arm is popular among backcountry skiers, in part because the ski area's lifts take them most of the way there.  We will try to find a route that does not use the lifts.  Topo maps suggest there is an avy safe route starting from the north at White Salmon Lodge (near where Razor Hone Creek crosses the Mt. Baker highway) and ascending along the edge of the ski area to the NW end of the Arm.  The mileage and elevation stats for this trip are based on that route.

Even though we'll be ascending along the outskirts of the ski area and have the benefit of their avy control operations, the Arm itself is outside the ski area bounds and is wild alpine. We will use good judgement in assessing terrain, but for an additional margin of safety all participants will be required to bring the usual avy kit: beacon, probe, and shovel.  This trip is not open to  Backcountry Students.

If conditions are poor on Saturday the 11th the trip will be pushed back to Sunday the 12th.  Please be able to participate on either date.

Because this is an exploratory trip it has some risks beyond those of a typical winter trip: 

  • The route may turn out to be infeasible.
  • We may take some wrong turns before finding the right ones, so that the total distance and elevation may turn out to be greater.
  • We may have to spend a bit of time figuring out some of the uninteresting details required of a new route, such as where to park, etc.
  • We may receive condescending looks from skiers.

The potential reward is the addition of an exceptional new snowshoe route to the Club's database, one that is easily accessible from Baker Lodge.

Regarding "Leader's Permission Required":

Please briefly describe your relevant training/experience using an avy beacon. Usually this will be an Avy 1 course or equivalent.

Sunrise is at about 6:30am and sunset is at about 6:15pm.

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Shuksan Arm (winter)


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