This would be our second attempt at the summit of Mt Baker this year. I didn't write about the first mostly due to us having to wait out a snowstorm for about 15 hours in our sleeping bags. The trip was with Kaf Adventures, and I must say, they did an exceptional job at educating the entire group, keeping everyone safe and keeping it as fun as possible. We also climbed Mt Rainier with them, and I would highly suggest them to anyone who is looking for skill building that will allow you to climb on your own in the future. Both climbs were part of the 2017 WTA Charity Climb. So a big thank you to both organizations for an incredible experience.
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Home Sweet Home
This attempt was on our own. Honestly it couldn't have gone any better.
We got started fairly late on this day, maybe 11 am, but we knew the trail to our camp for the night was not that long. So, we took it slow and enjoyed the first day out. The snow had melted fairly far back by this point in the year, so we didn't hit any on the trail until we were close to the cutoff for Railroad Grade Trail. All said it only took us about three and a half hours to get to our camp site.
By the time we had gotten up to the ridge where all of the camps are at (Railroad Grade Trail, along ridge), we were surprised to find that so many were occupied. Eventually we just settled for a nice flat spot with good opportunity for anchoring in and set up our camp. The view was incredible. Looking south you can see all the way to Mt Rainier to the south and nearly in to eastern Washington to the east.
I would have to say that this was by far one of my most favorite campsites ever. It was certainly the perfect place to enjoy a bag meal while switching between the panoramas and staring at Baker wondering what tomorrow held.
There really isn't much to the first day. Just a simple hike and a romp up one of Baker's glacial moraines. Have your camera ready and just soak it all in. Day two is when the work begins.