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[TR] Kulshan (Mount Baker) - Coleman Deming 05/14/2018

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Trip: Kulshan (Mount Baker) - Coleman Deming

Trip Date: 05/14/2018

Trip Report:


The pollen is flying and the snow is melting fast.  So much so that I think a scraper and a can of WD-40 might be the ticket for those headed up later this week or weekend.  I'm not joking.  By the bottom of Grouse Creek I felt as if I had velcro for a base (see the last photo).  Ah well, the views were great and @sepultura got his annual tick (#29!).  The Coleman is nicely filled in at the moment and pretty smooth.  We were able to skin the Roman Wall with the aid of ski crampons, but plenty of others thought that was too easy and carried their skis.  To each their own.


I always marvel at being able to ski up and ride down Kulshan in a day from my bed (I can see the summit from my roof here in town).  So cool!


Upper Thunder Gl.


@sepultura setting his usual mean pace:


Don't linger here long:



on the Roman wall:


The home stretch:


Fire and Ice:


Across the Easton to Sherman on the way down:



Skiing down the Pumice Ridge:


Why don't you ski this part quickly @sepultura?



Ah, the Twin Sisters:


Slogging back to the road:


Spring is not for speed skiing:


Gear Notes:
skis, ski crampons, harness, light rope. Crevasse rescue kit.

Approach Notes:
Grouse Creek was in, maybe for another week or so. You can drive to within ~ a half mile of the TH

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Thanks for the post! Looks like the standard route is looking good for this time of year, although I'll likely wait until the snow on the lower slopes melts out a little more. That slog sure doesn't look like fun!

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10 hours ago, lbloom1864 said:

That slog sure doesn't look like fun!

Oh, it was pretty short, maybe 5-10 min. walk from the avy path of Grouse creek to the outhouse.  Much shorter than it is now, that's for sure!  Yes, the Coleman will be good for many weeks to come.

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