Summit day started off by being woken up by climbers loudly asking each other, "do you think they're in their tent?". Strange way to address being so close to someone's sleeping space but, hey, I needed to get up anyway. The sky was mostly clear when we came out of our tent around 2 am, but the few clouds circling in the sky made for some excellent photos and eye candy. It was cold enough that my partner and I both agreed that an energy bar breakfast and some coffee would suffice so we could get moving. Still, as cold as I was, I could not take my eyes off the image of Baker glowing in the moonlight.
Even though we had a generous snow year, it was clear from the start that the Easton glacier was about to fall apart. There were small crevasses everywhere with larger ones mixed in occasionally. The climb itself from the end of the Railroad Grade (aka glacial moraine) is gradual and gentle at first. This was a nice change of pace from climbing other mountains like Shasta where it was straight up in the morning with no let up.
Climbing The Roman Head Wall
To me the funnest part of the climb is the Roman Head-Wall. While it may only be a few hundred feet high, it is steep and can be nerve wracking if your not used to it. In some spots I would estimate the snow and ice to be 45+ degrees, so this time of year it takes some step kicking. Other times of year I have heard and read that it is pretty well solid ice, so, please be aware of when you are going.
The climb really is a blast if your into it and the summit is just on the other side. If you're starting to drag then this will be one of the worst parts of your day if you choose to continue. Either way, I know I can't wait to go back and do it again.
On The Summit In Around 3 Hours From Camp
First Hints of Sunrise
Glacier Peak In The Morning Light
Sunrise Over The Crater
The Steaming Sherman Crater
Sherman Peak Glowing In The Morning Light
The True Summit Finally In Sight
Mt Shuksan From Grant Peak
A Friendly Mouse Frolicking About The Summit
One Of The Smaller Crevasses
One Of The Biggest Crevasses We Saw
Lincoln and Colfax Peaks Above The Easton
A Wind Storm Pounded The Summit Just After We Left
The Wind Didn't Stop All Day, Reports From Top Were Pretty Bad