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[TR] Mt Baker - Coleman Demmings 3/8/2015

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Trip: Mt Baker - Coleman Demmings

 

Date: 3/8/2015

 

Trip Report:

- Started from car at 1:00 a.m

- No Snow on the road and it did not start until about 4800 feet.

- Made it to our party who was camping at 7200 feet by 5:00 a.m.

- Roped up and made the summit by 9:30. With day light savings I think we actually started at 2:00 a.m.

- Snow between 4800 feet and 7000 feet is thin, compact, and icy. Needed crampons there.

-Snow between 7000 feet and 9000 feet on the ridge was softer. We only had to step over a few very minor crevasses.

- The ridge at 9000 ft to the summit was fairly icy but we would have been able to arrest with out to much of an issue if needed. It softened some for the descent.

 

-No route finding issues was easy to navigate. Quite a few parties were up there that day. We hung out on the top for about 1 hr 30 minutes before heading down. We had a skier in our group who skied down from the summit. Mentioned it was some of the sketchiest skiing he has done as the way down had a lot of icy sections. Other than that nothing remarkable to report.

 

 

 

-There was a big party of skiers skinning to the top with only ski crampons. None of them made it much past 9000 feet because they did not have regular crampons and the surface was too icy for ski crampons. So if your skiing bring regular crampons for the icy sections.

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