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Trip Report    

Mount Baker/Easton Glacier

Late August climb of Mount Baker/Easton Glacier.

  • Sat, Aug 26, 2017 — Sun, Aug 27, 2017
  • Mount Baker/Easton Glacier
  • Climbing
  • Successful
  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • The Mount Baker/Easton Glacier climb was a success!  Twelve people participated in the climb. Broke into four teams of three.  People had great spirits throughout the climb.

    Had a leisurely start to the day.  Met everyone at the trailhead at 11:00am and left for camp at 12:00pm.  Trailhead to the camp was straightforward albeit dusty on the Railroad Grade.  Camped above Sandy Camp (~5800 ft).  Arrived at camp at approximately 3:00pm.  There was running water there.  On the night of the climb, left camp at 1:00am for the summit.  Navigated several crevasses, a massive set of seracs, and an eight-foot lip from one part of the glacier to other.  Stepped over two significant crevasses that were approximately two-feet wide each.  Stayed climber’s left around the seracs.  Followed established boot track most of the way up.  Utilized low- and high-dagger techniques surmounting the lip.  Snow was semi-hard at lower elevation, but got firm closer to the summit.  Made it to the summit plateau at 6:45am, rested for about an hour, and continued to the true summit.  Took photos and enjoyed the view.  Started descent between 9:30am-10:00am, and made it back to camp at approximately 12:00pm.  Enjoyed seeing the crevasses and seracs in the daylight to take in their beauty and immensity.  Packed up camp and made it back to the trailhead at approximately 3:00pm.

    The weather was wonderful throughout the climb.  Low temperature was in the 50s, high temperature was in the 70s, and clear, bluebird skies.

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Team on the Summit

Summit Crater.JPG

Summit Crater



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Sunken Snow Bridge