July 24th, 2006 George Martin, Paul Bostrom and I summited Mount Baker by the Coleman Headwall route. If I had submitted the story of our climb to the American Alpine Club’s Journal of North American Climbing Accidents the title would have read: “Late start, didn’t carry over, failure to leave climbing plan with rangers”. Luckily we didn’t have an accident, just a little late.
I recently posted this and will ad the complete trip report soon. Meanwhile here are some photos from the climb.
At 10,778 feet Mount Baker is not the highest peak in the Northwest but it does offer some of the most consistent levels of snow and ice for climbing. In 1999 Mount Baker set the world record for snowfall in a single season with 1,140 inches of accumulation. I had summited Mt Baker with my friends John Pringle and Mickey Moloney a few years earlier via the North Ridge. With my familiarity of mountain and the abundance of snow and ice I thought this would be a great mountain to take two friends on their first climbing trip. George and Paul both had several years experience rock climbing and had been on a few ice climbing trips to Colorado.
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