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  1. Trip: Mt. Baker - Park Glacier Date: 7/18/2009 Trip Report: It's been almost a year since I last climbed in the Cascades. I was sad to see them go when I moved away but I knew I would be back. Joe was itching to get out and climb this summer and I had 6 days off from my job in Boise so we decided on a weekend to climb. The weekend kind of sneaked up on us, and with a week to go we still hadn't decided where to go. The weekend finally arrived and I piled all of my gear into the back of my truck and piled all the guide books on the passenger seat. I'm sure reading Beckey guides while driving isn't the safest thing to do, but it sure helped pass time on the long drive. Joe and I had attempted Mt. Baker once before and felt it was time for another shot. I remembered my trip last June with Lisa to ski the Boulder Glacier and how we were the only two people on the east side of the mountain. So it was decided that we would go back to the east side of Mt. Baker but this time up the Park Glacier. Joe and I got to Artist Point at about 10 and were on the trail by 10:30. The trail was spectacular, it was completely above tree line giving us views of Mt. Baker in the distance. We quickly covered the 5 miles to Camp Kiser and decided that we would camp up on the saddle at 7000' between Park and Rainbow glaciers to give us a shorter summit day. We arrived at camp around 5 pm after about 2 miles of hiking and a little bit of glacier travel. The guide books had warned us about route finding through the lower park of Park Glacier and finding a way past the bergshrund. We did a little reconnaissance of the route with Joe's new camera and plotted our route up to the headwall. With very warm weather predicted on Saturday and a 13,000' freezing level on Friday, we decided on a 2 am start. 2 am came all too quickly and before we knew it we were heading up into the heart of the crevasse's. It only took us two wrong turns to finally find a super thick snow bridge that lead up to the smooth upper glacier. One obstacle down, one to go. On the way up to the headwall, we crossed a large avalanche debris field that had come off the headwall, leaving a very large ice patch in the exact spot were we wanted to go. We were not expecting a lot of ice and did not bring a second tool or ice screws. We arrived at the base of the headwall at 4:30 and began looking for a way through. There was a small vertical step were the bergshrund and a crevasse met. Joe made it look easy as he climbed up and over the bergshrund and we began to simul-climb, swapping leads using only two pickets and a 30 meter rope. We had to make a fairly long detour around the large ice patch, kicking steps in the relatively firm snow. We finally made it over the small cornice at the top after 2 hours on the headwall. It was a quick and easy ascent up the ridge and we arrived on the summit at 7:15. There were a few other teams on the summit that had come up the Easton but they soon left and we enjoyed the summit to ourselves on a warm windy day. We had a quick refuel and discussed how we would get back down the headwall safely. We decided to belay each other down as the snow was starting to turn very sloppy. Once off the headwall we let out a big sigh of relief and we trudged through boot deep slop all the way back to camp. We had originally decided to make it a three day trip, but when we got to camp we realized that we might only have enough fuel to boil a liter of water for dinner. We took a quick nap and packed up camp at 1:30 in search for a new camp with running water. Joe discovered that over the course of the day his big toenail had turned completely black and was starting to hurt real bad. He didn't want to stay the night and have the possibility of it getting worse. We made the decision to hike out to the car, we both needed a long and grueling day so why not today? We arrived at the parking lot at 6 pm, exhausted after a long great day of climbing. Gear Notes: Standard glacier gear. Would have been nice to have a second tool and some ice screws. Approach Notes: Follow the trail till the end. The way up to the glacier is pretty obvious.
  2. [TR] Mt. Baker - Park Glacier 7/18/2009

    I was glad we went up when we did, any later in the day and it would have been a lot scarier. We crossed a few potential avy slopes and I'm happy that nothing happened. The conditions felt more like spring than the middle of summer.
  3. [TR] Mt. Baker - Park Glacier 7/18/2009

    The guidebooks say that it's 45 degrees but I think we encountered a few spots of close to 60. The headwall was a lot of fun.
  4. Fall Climbing partners

    I don't have to go back to work until Novemberish and I'm looking for some climbing partners for cragging and alpine. I lead sport and trad in the 8/9 range follow in the 10's. Looking to do some traveling or stay in one place for a while. I'm currently in Leavenworth right now but am looking on moving to other areas in the Pacific Northwest. I'm a fun and safe partner, looking to have a great fall until ski season. If interested the best way to reach me is by phone, 408-316-2339. Cheers Scott
  5. Wa alpine climbing Tu 9/15-21

    I saw your other post on Leavenworth climbing also and I wanted to let you know that I am in Leavenworth right now looking for some climbing partners. I would be very interested in getting out and doing some alpine either around LV or elsewhere, I'm pretty much game for anything. I lead 8's trad, getting into 9's, 9's on sport and in the 10's following. If your interested give me a call (the best way to reach me) at 408-316-2339. I will probably be in LV for the next week or so.
  6. I'd be down. I have a lot of free time and am looking for a partner in that area. PM sent with contact info
  7. Congrats, I just quit my job also to climb more. I'm pretty much in the same boat as you gear wise and climbing wise. I have some experience on alpine rock and would like to do more. PM sent with contact info. Cheers
  8. Awesome TR Tom. Makes me a little jealous. Cheers Scott
  9. Black Diamond O2 Telemark bindings with all the mounting hardware, medium springs. $75
  10. Good Class 3 to 4 Peaks?

    I'm aiming to get out this weekend and do some climbing but I am fairly new to the area. Are there some good class 3 to 4 climbs within a day or two of a road that would be doable this weekend? Thanks for the advice.
  11. Good Class 3 to 4 Peaks?

    Oh yeah? Thanks for the advice, it's a great start
  12. Good Class 3 to 4 Peaks?

    Oh yeah? Thanks for the advice, it's a great start
  13. Alpine this weekend?

    Anyone interested in doing an alpine climb this weekend? I have Sat and Sun free. I am new to the area so I don't know to many places yet but am up to trying anything.
  14. Just moved to Seattle a couple of days ago and am looking for some people to go out climbing with to get and know the area. Looking to go rock climbing, apline climbing, whatever, I'm up for anything. I don't have anything to do for a couple of weeks. I lead 5.9 and follow up to some 5.11's.
  15. David I definately would but I would only be able to go on Sat and Sun. So if you want to do Eldorado Pk let me know. Scott
  16. Just made a call to the ranger station in Marblemount asking about the conditions of the Ptarmigan Traverse. They told me if I could get to it more power to me. So now we are looking for some alternate plans for the next week and a half. Are there any good technical climbs that are easily accessable with roads that aren't washed out in the North Cascades or in Washington?
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