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[TR] Mt. Blum - NW Face (Ski) 5/13/2011

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Trip: Mt. Blum - NW Face (Ski)


Date: 5/13/2011


Trip Report:

We carried skis 4000 vertical feet up the steep Blum Creek fisherman’s trail, before donning skins at ~4700. From there, we skinned then booted up the NW Ridge to within 150’ of the summit before being turned back by an enormous overhanging cornice.


I skied the upper NW Face to the NW Ridge, then we all skied back down to ~3700’ in Blum Creek.


A long, but amazing day with spectacular views and great company.





Mike booting the steep approach.



Mike skinning (finally).



Mt. Shuksan peeks through the trees.



Mt. Blum in the distance.



Carla and Mike with Hagan behind.



Baker Lake and Mt. Baker.



An easy ridge to travel.



Carla with Hagan behind.



Mt. Blum's W Face.



The Pickets.



Huge cornice on the ridge.



Mike booting it up the ridge.



A notch in the ridge.



Looking down to Baker Lake from high on Mt. Blum.



The final couloir.



Stopped by this cornice <200' below the summit.



Where I began my ski descent.



Stunning Mt. Hagan.



Baker to Shuksan.



One last look at Blum.

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Nice work Tom! How is the lower portion of the "trail"? I heard that some scofflaws brushed/marked it somewhat a year or so ago . .. .

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The lower trail is hard to follow. Some idiots marked trees with orange spray paint that can be seen from the main trail. There is plenty of flagging to keep you on route until you reach the main boot path close to the creek about 300' above the Baker River trail. I thought the boot path was great, but carrying skis up it leaves something to be desired - lots of downed trees to get caught up on.

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That was a full-value day you got. You're guaranteed not to see anybody up there. I remember years ago bashing around for a couple of hours trying to find that "trail". Spooked a big bear. He spooked me as well.


And you're right, Hagen Peak is pretty awesome.

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Early stoke to be had, nice! Bums on the cornice, would of made a nice view. Love the Pickets from their hidden side shot!

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