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[TR] Mount Baker (ski) - Coleman-Deming 3/6/2010

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Trip: Mount Baker (ski) - Coleman-Deming

 

Date: 3/6/2010

 

Trip Report:

My friend Brennan and I took advantage of the bluebird day on Saturday and climbed/skied Baker's Coleman-Deming route (as did about 10 other people). If you have a soccer mom minivan like me you can drive to within five minutes of the trailhead. If you have anything else you can drive up to it. The snowpack looks like mid-June in the trees down low.

 

The crux turned out to be the icy trail through the trees, which I actually slipped and fell off of at one point. I slid about 30 feet down a steep frozen hillside before coming to rest against a tree. Oops.

 

Somebody had set a great skin track right out of the trees (thanks!), and it continued all the way up the Deming and onto the summit hump (minus about 300 feet above the saddle where we had to boot pack up).

 

Here we are on the Football Field

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As you can see, there are no downhill ski tracks yet. What a day. Here's Brennan against Baker's backdrop as we continue up the Coleman Glacier

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Here's the first skier we saw coming down, in front of Colfax Peak

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And here's a snowboarder coming down the Deming in front of the rime ice-covered Roman Wall

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It was mild with no wind on top, so I snapped this shot of Brennan as he changed his wet shirt. It's March, for the love of God. (The axe is merely a photo op prop)

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The snow wasn't bad coming down the Deming. And, you know, the view...

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The snow below the saddle was amazing, super fun. Looks like a good turn was had by all.

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One final shot of a serac piece in front of Colfax

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'Twas a good day.

 

Gear Notes:

Skis

Skins

Summit Burrito

 

Approach Notes:

You can drive to the trailhead.

Try not to fall off the trail.

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