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Mount Baker/Easton Glacier

At the start of the trip, snow obscured the trailhead parking lot for about a half mile. The trip encompassed participants attending crevasse rescue, extending the trip to three days. Each day was warm with summit day warmer. We left at approximately 2am and the snow was slightly soft hardening up at about 7,000ft. The route was in really good shape. We crossed a couple of slight crevasses on the way to the Roman Wall. The one at the base was about a foot across with some snow in the middle to stand on. The route crossed by the vents as usual and went up and around the rock wall and then went straight up instead of zig sagging like it usually does because the crevasses had not opened up yet. In a few days with the snow melt, people will need to pass to the left and zig zag as usual. It was really cold on the way up. Clouds came and went. The summit was cold with a slight light breeze. We summited at about 10:30am I think. When we returned, the snow was significantly mushier lower down. It was about the same on the Roman Wall but further down, the crevasse crossing was affected. On the lower crevasse we chose another way. It was a minor crevasse about two feet deep but not worth the risk. It was really mushy and slow going back to the tents. We rested then traversed the railroad grade and glissaded to the trail that had melted out obscuring the trail access to the parking lot turnoff. We ended up down lower between two rivers and had to back up the river to the right and find a snow bridge to cross. When we uneventfully returned to the cars, the parking lot had completely melted out.

 

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Suzy Diesen
Suzy Diesen says:
Mon, May 23, 2016 11:48 AM

<p>At the start of the trip, snow obscured the trailhead parking lot for about a half mile. The trip encompassed participants attending crevasse rescue, extending the trip to three days. Each day was warm with summit day warmer. We left at approximately 2am and the snow was slightly soft hardening up at about 7,000ft. The route was in really good shape. We crossed a couple of slight crevasses on the way to the Roman Wall. The one at the base was about a foot across with some snow in the middle to stand on. The route crossed by the vents as usual and went up and around the rock wall and then went straight up instead of zig sagging like it usually does because the crevasses had not opened up yet. In a few days with the snow melt, people will need to pass to the left and zig zag as usual. It was really cold on the way up. Clouds came and went. The summit was cold with a slight light breeze. We summited at about 10:30am I think. When we returned, the snow was significantly mushier lower down. It was about the same on the Roman Wall but further down, the crevasse crossing was affected. On the lower crevasse we chose another way. It was a minor crevasse about two feet deep but not worth the risk. It was really mushy and slow going back to the tents. We rested then traversed the railroad grade and glissaded to the trail that had melted out obscuring the trail access to the parking lot turnoff. We ended up down lower between two rivers and had to back up the river to the right and find a snow bridge to cross. When we uneventfully returned to the cars, the parking lot had completely melted out.</p>