Trip: Coleman Seracs -
Skeptical of Sunday's forecast made plans to get out on the seracs. Roomie had never been on the ice before so figured it'd be a good place for an intro.
Got to the Heliotrope parking lot around 9 or so. Parking was full but mostly skiers. There was a light dusting at 3,700' but the ground was not frozen. We lucked out on forecast: beautiful blue skies. The snow has fallen. Everything was dusted white with a few new inches of luscious powder down low. Heliotrope is still in good condition and easily followed to Kulshan Cabin and Hogsback. With the low temps the stream crossings are mild with only a few iced over rocks here and there. Temps were in the 20's. Once down below the moraine (took the low climber's trail out from Kulshan Cabin) its a straight shot to the ice. No noticeable rock fall on the lower mountain. All the ice had a light dusting on it and with the cold temps was quite brittle. Lots of fun to still be had. We found a nice 40-50 foot vert wall with a step down to another 15 foot section. Set a tope rope for the roomie and after some warm up did some soloing since the runout was a big pile of powder. Got 3-4 hours in and was fun. Loving the new Corbras but the G12's weren't as functional on the steep, hard ice. Felt good to get back in the swing of things and stoked for the coming season.
Conditions are still good and with the favorable forecast this coming week/weekend should still be good to get some.
Baker around noon with some sweet sublimation off the summit.
Baker in the twilight. The North Ridge is looking mighty fine...
Quick hike to the ice!