Friday 8am - At work, thinking about whether the skiing or climbing will be more fun on the weekend 9pm - Craig and I decide not to go climbing, and instead ski Baker. Saturday 4:30am - Early morning departure from Vancouver 1pm - On the summit, in a full on gale. 4:30pm - Back the car with beers
Monday, March 22, 2010
A last minute trip for my first summit on Mount Baker. I've wanted to go and climb Baker for quite a long time, but always got distracted by other more obscure peaks in the Coast Mountains. The trip was roughly ten hours car to car at a fairly leisurely pace with lots of stops for photos when it wasn't too windy. It was a great day to be outside on this first day of spring. My first Cascade volcano, and hopefully not the last. The skiing wasn't as good as I was hoping for as the strong winds and warm temperatures down low had warped the snow enough to make it challenging for my tired legs.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Just another day on the Duffey. Powder, check. Friends, check. Good times, check. We went to the north facing glades on Chief Pascall, easily accessed from the Cerise Creek parking lot by skiing up the road, and then switchbacking up the dense trees on the west ridge.
Justin tapping out the broken screw for his dynafit plate on his boot. He broke it the day before on Whistler.
Mandy skiing up along the ridgetop. Lots of lines here, but we played it conservatively given the considerable avalanche danger that day and stuck to simple gladed runs.
Roscoe trying to spoon some nice noodles.
Hugging the bear. The best poles ever.