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June 26, 2016, Mt.Baker - Squak
« on: 06/27/16, 08:31 AM »

Left the trailhead at 4am.  Trail crews have cut away all but one blowdown (easily hopped over or walked around) so the Scott Paul trial approach was straightforward, although a bit muddy in spots.
Only a few spots of snow until the trail makes a hard left turn in the clearing at 4700ft- continuous snow another 100vf further. 
Hard freeze Saturday night made ski crampons useful- very straightforward travel up the glacier, only maybe 5-6 cracks starting to open. 
Surprising amount of small high-speed rocks coming off Sherman Pk as we rounded the corner to the crater rim.   
Still firm enough at 11am that we switched to boot crampons and followed a well-established bootpack up the climbers right side of the Roman Wall.   
Weather on the top was wonderful- warm enough for short-sleeve shirts.   Waited till about 12:15 to head down-  The Roman Wall and the top 3000ft was all high-speed smooth corn.  The lower half of the Squak was starting to get a bit sticky and below Crag View it was suncupped, sticky crud but still easy to make turns back to the trail at around 4700ft.   
Great day,  saw no one else on the route- a handful of climbers on the Easton, one group of skiers from the Coleman/Deming.  Light crowds for such a nice weekend.
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Re: June 26, 2016, Mt.Baker - Squak
« Reply #1 on: 06/27/16, 09:06 AM »

Nice Pete!  Happy to have your partner back for a while, I imagine.
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Re: June 26, 2016, Mt.Baker - Squak
« Reply #2 on: 06/28/16, 08:05 AM »

a little iphone video of conditions-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILowPLex6JY

(ski 'partner' was not Becky-  the wifey/nurse-in-training was finishing up a 3x12 series of shifts at the hospital Saturday night and wasn't too keen to join Ross and I for the 4am Sunday start on Baker)
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