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[TR] Mount Ann (5840') - East Ridge 01/23/2021

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Trip: Mount Ann (5840') - East Ridge

Trip Date: 01/23/2021

Trip Report:

A buddy and I climbed Mount Ann this weekend.  Snowshoe trip in perfect winter weather.  We started from the Mount Baker Ski area.  We headed up and over Austin Pass heading towards Lake Ann.  We climbed up the north basin between Han Peak and Mount Ann, to the east ridge, to the summit.  Temperature was fairly cold, water bladder hose kept freezing along the way.  Snow conditions were pretty good, varying between a frozen crust to 6" deep powdery snow on a crust.  The snow on the steeper sections was a bit slippery, the top 4" or so wanted to slide on the crust beneath.  Surprisingly there was running water available along the route.  Great trip and workout for a day climb.  Awesome views.  Trip distance was around 12 miles round trip.  

Travel Time:

Car to Summit: 5 hours

Summit back to Car: 4 hours

We started at 8:30am and finished at 6:15pm in the dark.  We brought lights but didn't need them, the moon supplied enough light to see. 



Gear Notes:
Snowshoes, Trekking Poles, Whippet. The Whippet worked great on the steeper sections.

Approach Notes:
Mount Baker Ski Area to Austin Pass to North Basin to East Ridge.
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That is impressive dedication to Mt Ann!   A long day from the Heather meadows parking area on snowshoes for sure.

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