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ace117
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Mt Baker Coleman Route Beta Wanted
« on: 05/29/16, 04:23 PM »

I haven't been able to see the mountain yet this year. The plan is to ski the Coleman. Just wanted to the scoop on the road situation, the crevasse situation, and snow levels. Any information would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: Mt Baker Coleman Route Beta Wanted
« Reply #1 on: 05/31/16, 11:01 AM »

I was up at the Coleman tourist overlook on Sunday.  I didn't get a clear look at the upper part of the glacier below the CD col but what I could see looked good.  The glacier below the overlook is almost dry.  The trail was mostly dry with a few muddy patches, I'd walk in trail runners and carry ski boots.  You could start skinning at the normal climbers trail up the hogsback and the road was easily passable to the trail head.  Hope this helps.
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Re: Mt Baker Coleman Route Beta Wanted
« Reply #2 on: 06/07/16, 12:37 AM »

Just a quick note from today (Monday), inspired by Charlie Hagedorn. On the upper Coleman and Roman Wall (I would guess above 8200-8500 feet)  there apparently was a hoar layer that got snowed on late last week.  The 15 degree slopes of the upper Coleman kept collapsing that layer and creeping me out; once on the lower Roman Wall, one could see numerous shallow crowns, all entraining an impressive amount of snow and pouring over into huge crevasses.  I didn't go above the chossy rock rib on climber's left for the lower third of the wall as a result (the climber's left side of the open Wall has not released yet).  The route from there down skied very well, down to below the Hogsback.
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Re: Mt Baker Coleman Route Beta Wanted
« Reply #3 on: 06/16/16, 01:10 PM »

BUMP

Anyone been there since 6/7? Thoughts on this weekend?

Sounds marginal w/ 3-7" of new accumulation to form slaps & cornices.

Thanks,
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Re: Mt Baker Coleman Route Beta Wanted
« Reply #4 on: 06/16/16, 10:30 PM »

30-35 cm fresh Cascade summer styropow at 6800 -7400 ft.  Slow moving cement slabs on anything steep down low.  Very few windows today - milk bottle most of the day with little glory shots.  Skied well from as high as one could go to Climber's Camp, trap mank at camp and for a bit below, then good for the short bit until done at trail level below Hogsback.
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Re: Mt Baker Coleman Route Beta Wanted
« Reply #5 on: 06/16/16, 10:41 PM »

Weekend might be magic but the weather change Sun. PM may make the avy hazard extreme by Monday at the latest.  There must be a whole lot of new snow up high and as soon as the sun cooks it, it'll come loose.
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