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Nate R
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June 29, 2008: Mt Baker - Squak/Easton
« on: 06/30/08, 02:57 PM »

Kirsten, Pete and I had an inauspicious start to our Easton attempt.  We tried to sneak in a better night's sleep than we would get sleeping on the forest service road by stopping at a campsite halfway up Baker Lake Road, only to be kept up all night by folks aimin' to get wasted accompanied by a 90's soundtrack of Candlebox and Live.  Nonetheless we stuck to our 3:30 wake up time, drove to about 1/4 mile from the trailhead and started walking at 5.  Feeling rather like zombies, we climbed straight up through the trees as per the Squak Glacier route, eventually hitting the glacier and catching our second wind.  A cool breeze was blowing most of the morning making the climbing pleasant. 

At around 8,000' we did a short traverse over to the cattle path on the Easton.  Around this same point, the snow began to soften quite a bit, and laying a skin track in the deep, slippery corn turned into fairly hard work.  The breeze also ceased, making our engines burn a little hotter.  The route crosses a few big crevasses, but most of the bridges are substantial except one which may start to deteriorate in the next couple weeks.  At the Caldera, we racked the skis on our packs and booted up the Roman Headwall in the trough left behind by the many climbers that morning.  We topped out at noon. 

The snow on the headwall was better than we expected, although it was warming up enough to generate the occasional foot-in-diameter cinnamon rolls.  At the Caldera, we ran into Amar, Hannah et al on the their way up.  Nice meeting you guys.  The rest of the ski down the glacier was quite nice, ranging from deep corn up high to faster, shallower corn lower down.  We stayed on the Easton trail for the entire descent, and stopped for a short foot and food break on the rocks at 6600 feet.  After dropping down off the snout of the glacier and down the valley, Amar suggested staying far skiers left as you descend through the trees.  This effectively avoids any of the stream crossings.  After meandering through Schreibers Meadows, we linked patches of ditch snow along the road to within sight of our car at 3 o'clock.   It's great when a day turns out so well after starting so roughly. 

Pics to follow.
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Re: June 29, 2008: Mt Baker - Squak/Easton
« Reply #1 on: 06/30/08, 06:52 PM »

drove to about 1/4 mile from the trailhead
Thanks for this information, sounds like you had nice weather and good snow.
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Re: June 29, 2008: Mt Baker - Squak/Easton
« Reply #2 on: 06/30/08, 09:02 PM »

No problem, and thanks.  Here are Kirsten's and my photos:
http://www.evilfungus.com/trogs/easton08.html#photos

Looking up the Easton:


Kirsten passing around seracs on the Easton:


Pete skiing past seracs:
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Re: June 29, 2008: Mt Baker - Squak/Easton
« Reply #3 on: 06/30/08, 09:09 PM »

Wow, way more broken than when we hit the Easton earlier this month!
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Re: June 29, 2008: Mt Baker - Squak/Easton
« Reply #4 on: 07/01/08, 07:02 AM »

Sounds like a great trip, Nate! The Pete and Becky summit photo is classic:


Hope you're doing well!
-Doug
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Re: June 29, 2008: Mt Baker - Squak/Easton
« Reply #5 on: 07/01/08, 08:38 AM »

Sadly, I couldn't join in on the Baker-y goodness on Sunday but I was glad to see Pete was still thinking of me on the summit.  Thanks honey! Smiley
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Re: June 29, 2008: Mt Baker - Squak/Easton
« Reply #6 on: 07/01/08, 08:52 AM »

Nice job guys!
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Re: June 29, 2008: Mt Baker - Squak/Easton
« Reply #7 on: 07/01/08, 10:37 AM »

Hey Stugie, looks like y'all had pretty excellent conditions, too.  It is more broken up, but boy, the coverage is still pretty amazing for the end of June.  It's telling that we were more concerned about sloughing on the Roman Wall than ice. 

Thanks, Doug & Marcus!  I (heart) Mt Baker, especially when it treats us this well.
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Re: June 29, 2008: Mt Baker - Squak/Easton
« Reply #8 on: 07/01/08, 02:55 PM »

Yeah, man, that's a great route!  Glad you got some nice conditions too!
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Re: June 29, 2008: Mt Baker - Squak/Easton
« Reply #9 on: 07/02/08, 10:04 PM »

Sounds like a great trip, Nate! The Pete and Becky summit photo is classic:


Ditto!  Glad you guys had a good trip, too bad you had to listen to Candelbox throughout the evening.  Nice to meet you Nate and Kirsten!
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