Added by Natala Menezes

Summiting a mountain! Glacial travel! Beautiful snow-capped mountain, views of all the mountains across the cascades + rainier.

We hiked up to the base of Mt Baker and camped for three nights as part of a private mountaineering course. It was AMAZING. We trekked out Friday night and went home on Monday. We lucked out with perfect weather - it was dry, with fresh snow from two days earlier, creating pristine conditions perfect for mountaineering.

We woke up at 2 am, headed out around 3 am. The snow was crispy and gripped our crampons. We summited just after sunrise. It was slushy going down. Great to have a guide - as we were / are new to mountaineering and glacial rescue. Hiking up in crampons and traversing the snow and glaciers can be intense, and Baker isn't easy, but it was an AMAZING day.

The last night everyone who had camped out for the weekend left, and we had the entire bowl to ourselves. It was awesome.

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