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PostMon Feb 22, 2010 5:48 pm 
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How many NW HIkers does it take to plan an overnighter in Junuary - er, I mean, February?  Everyone wanted to take advantage of this glorious weekend - can you believe that we haven't had two sunny weekend days since Aug. 1 & 2 of 2009??  (At least according to Steve Poole of KOMO-TV!)  Apparently, alot of NW Hikers decided to get out.  Some did an overnighter on Sourdough.  Some did a day trip along the Mountain Loop.  And then, there was our group.  In various degrees of organization, we at least agreed to meet at the Mt. Baker ski area parking lot.  Heck, once we got there, we could have just stayed put and saved ourselves a lot of time and needless energy expenditure!   
Views from parking lot . . .
Views from parking lot . . .

Jim was a bit nervous about the lack of certainty for our destination.
Jim checking his life insurance policy.
Jim checking his life insurance policy.

However, undaunted, we lined up to discuss our plans for the next 36 hours:  Barb E., Jim K, Opus (David); Scarlett Dorian (Beth), and Lauren.
Yup, that's just about which way we went!
Yup, that's just about which way we went!
You guys don't have a clue, do you?
You guys don't have a clue, do you?

We did notice one gentleman who was over by the edge of the parking lot, intensely studying the snowpack.  We all were curious about who he was and why he was so focused on the snow in front of him.  Barb E, the international representative of our group (and medal-winning Olympian from the Humpback Uphill event) merely stated that, "He is a Euro-peein'!" With that, off we headed for destinations unknown.  It was about 9:30 a.m. and already the day was absolutely glorious.  cool.gif  Our initial thought was to head to Mt. Ann - but one of our group was not "feeling" the love of this trip - that is, she woke up sick in the morning - but was determined not to let this spectacular weekend get away from her.  So, we readjusted our overnight destination, thinking that we could make a day trip of Mt. Ann.  Snowshoes came on immediately, although the snow was quite firm - but there was still sinking each step and the shoes belonged on our feet and not our packs!  We were surprised to see so many people camped so close to the parking area.  Maybe they knew something we didn't!   hmmm.gif
Pimples on the peak
Pimples on the peak

We set our somewhat non-functioning compasses towards Artist's Point and off we set . . . 
Mazama Dome in the distance
Mazama Dome in the distance
Lots of folks out and about
Lots of folks out and about

Some of us took our mission seriously . .   
Barb seriously studying the route
Barb seriously studying the route

While "others" dallied behind . . . 
David and his women chatting it up . .
David and his women chatting it up . .

However, none of us could keep our eyes off of the views opening up around us - the combination of white-white snow and blue-blue sky almost was overwhelming.   stun.gif   
First glimpse of Baker
First glimpse of Baker

At last, we reached what would be our overnight destination and lunchtime. 
Shoe people
Shoe people
Shoes get a rest . . .
Shoes get a rest . . .

Before long, there were swarms of people around us - they must have known that we were the (in)famous NW Hikers group!   lol.gif  One set of visitors particularly was enjoying Junuary at Baker.   
Just about sums up the day . . . .
Just about sums up the day . . . .
Alaska visitors . . .
Alaska visitors . . .

But, we needed to set about preparing camp - with the hopes that we could still get in some kind of an adventure yet today.  You will notice who is doing all of the work here . . . 
Woman's work
Woman's work
Lauren doing some housekeeping
Lauren doing some housekeeping
Lauren figuring out which end is up . . . sorta'
Lauren figuring out which end is up . . . sorta'
The knock-off version of an MSR tent
The knock-off version of an MSR tent
Gus supervising . . .
Gus supervising . . .

By about 1:30 p.m. we set off for a try at Table Mountain (5742') - although it's not really much gain to get to the top, when there is a vertical slope of snow, it presents more of a challenge.   
Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Lemmings reaching the edge of the earth . . .
Lemmings reaching the edge of the earth . . .

Others have more pics of this heroic effort by David and me to summit this "peak," but I'll just say that Tom S. and Jim D. have nothing on the two of us!!!!   eek.gif  paranoid.gif 
Who needs stinkin' ropes????
Who needs stinkin' ropes????

It was the traverse that did us in, however, and we retreated to safer ground back with the others - deciding that maybe if we went around to the other end of Table, we might find another route.  But, not far on our way as we were going down a steep section to reaching the traverse at the base of Table, Beth's "crud" caught up with her and she opted to head back to camp.  The softening snow turned Jim around too, as he was slogging along with Barb and me - so he turned back.  Barb, Gus and I were on our own for further explorations - pointing in the direction of Coleman Pinnacle where we had seen two skiers (and their small white terrier) headed - they were going to climb Baker the next day and ski down (with pup in the pack!).   
Ahhh
Ahhh
Active hiker
Active hiker
The girls and their dog
The girls and their dog

We crossed several spots of much earlier avi debris 
Barb and Gus crossing avi debris heading out toward Colman Pinnacle
Barb and Gus crossing avi debris heading out toward Colman Pinnacle

but as we progress, the views opened up more to the south and the west (except the views that were blocked by this big ol' lump of Mt. Baker! 
Captivating views all around
Captivating views all around
Ohhhh
Ohhhh
semi-artsy
semi-artsy

And looking behind us to Shuksan.   
Glorious scenery near Artist's Point - Mt. Shuksan behind. President's weekend 2010
Glorious scenery near Artist's Point - Mt. Shuksan behind. President's weekend 2010

Reaching the end of Table Mountain, I spotted a worthy bump for us to at least stake a claim on for the day
The unrequited bump
The unrequited bump

- but Barb looked at me rather askance and suggested that it was getting late and we might not make it back to camp in daylight!   huh.gif  Oh well, we got some distance and elevation on our little sojourn, so we called it good and headed back towards camp.  By now, the snow was firming up considerably, because the temp had dropped.  We reached camp just as the sun was dropping behind Baker casting some wonderful light.   
Barb and Lauren in "evening" glow (looking north)
Barb and Lauren in "evening" glow (looking north)
Lauren glowing . . .
Lauren glowing . . .
Fading light on Mt. Shuksan
Fading light on Mt. Shuksan

The temperature was dropping fast - as was the light.  We organized for appetizer hour (the wine platypus definitely comes in handy - holds a whole bottle!).  By the time we finished dinner it was all of about 7:15 p.m.  Not wanting to spend close to 12 hours in the tent, we did a little star gazing.  Even though the moon was only about 1/3 - it was so bright we didn't even need our head lamps!  However, we did think that we spotted some headlamps over towards Sourdough and the Matt troupe!   wave.gif  There was question about how warm people would be during the night.  Lauren was in a very light-weight MSR (or RSM knock-off) tent; Barb was in a Rainbow Tarp tent; Beth and David were in a Hele Nallo II; and Jim and I were in a Nallo III (well, Gus needed some space too!   winksmile.gif ).  Both Jim and I had ExPed down mattresses and we were glad we did!  I was toasty in my 15 degree bag - even with the vents open to prevent condensation.  Others didn't fare as well.  Poor Barb and Beth were almost popsicles!  And, the cold didn't help Beth feel much better in the morning.  But, it was another spectacular day.   
Baker in the morning
Baker in the morning

It was decided that Jim, David, Barb, Gus and I would head on towards Mt. Ann (~5860').  We decided to leave a lot of our gear in Barb's tarp tent at Austin Pass (good idea!   agree.gif ) and then start our trek from here.  Meanwhile, Beth and Lauren were going to lounge in the sun and meet us back at the car around 4 or 5.  We found the summer trailhead and were amazing at the low snow level.   
Summer trailhead for Lake Ann
Summer trailhead for Lake Ann

Even at 9:30 a.m. it already was beginning to warm up as we dropped down towards the meadows we would need to cross to head up the other end of the valley.   
Lonesome snowshoer
Lonesome snowshoer
Heading to the meadows on our way to Mt. Ann
Heading to the meadows on our way to Mt. Ann

We were uncertain if we should attempt the route that David had done in June with Trail Pair - then, they headed up to Lake Ann and following the ridge to a false summit, dropped around it and on up to Mt. Ann; or, should we follow Matt's legions last December that took a more direct route up the end of the valley just below the ridge to Mt. Ann - the former route might be less steep, but Matt's route would be more direct and cut some distance.   confused.gif  dizzy.gif   Given that we had been fairly directionless to this point in any case, we decided that we would attempt Matt's route.  Well, that sounded good in theory, but what we didn't plan on were all of the creek crossings and gullies we had to go down and up to make any progress.  Even in when David did the trip in June, these areas were filled in and were not a problem, but these crossings would eat up a LOT of time!  The first major crossing was the most challenging - just trying to find a place to cross.  Gus easily found a route and peered at us from the other side wondering what was taking us so long - of course, he picked a route that he easily swam across!  I finally found what looked to be a partial snow bridge, but it required a steep climb up the other side and using a tree for a belay.  I took off my snowshoes and was able to kick footholds and scramble up the side, and then set an ice ax so the others didn't have to remove their snowshoes.  Here are a few pics of that crossing.   
Barbara hauling Jim K out of the creek - Gus supervising
Barbara hauling Jim K out of the creek - Gus supervising
David crossing creek
David crossing creek
David crawling out of the creek
David crawling out of the creek

By the time we reached the end of the valley we had to make a decision.  It already was after Noon and we doubted that we had enough time to make Mt. Ann - so we agreed to settle on Lake Ann (4700').  That in itself was a worthy goal, as we still needed to climb quite a ways from the valley floor to the lake - and had more ravine and creek crossings to make.  Occasionally we ran into some ski tracks - but no snowshoe tracks.   
Troops coming up the last leg to Lake Ann
Troops coming up the last leg to Lake Ann

Before long, (and after several false ridges) we were at Lake Ann.
Lake Ann
Lake Ann
Barb at Lake Ann
Barb at Lake Ann

We did notice two snowshoers back behind us.  (We would follow their more direct route back - but it, too, had creek crossings that became somewhat problematic - although not as bad as what we encountered on the way in.)   Barb and I wanted to get a little higher on the ridge to take in more views.   
Lunch bump
Lunch bump

David and Jim were content to stay down closer to the lake.  From our perch, we could see the two other snowshoers who were headed to the far end of the lake (and disappeared!).   
Snowshoers heading to the southeast end of Lake Ann
Snowshoers heading to the southeast end of Lake Ann

We also got a spectacular view of Shuksan, with the moon above (you'll have to click on the picture to get a zoom and see the moon!)   
Moon above Mt. Shuksan
Moon above Mt. Shuksan

Poor Gus was at a loss as to who had the better lunch - should he stay close to us or go back to the guys?  He ended up running up and down the slope about four times.  David and Jim captured his escapades!  He did finally settle on sticking with the girls - guess we had a better lunch!   
Gus guarding Lake Ann
Gus guarding Lake Ann

By 1:30 p.m. we knew we had better get started back - not wanting to miss an adventure, we decided to take a more direct approach of our own, ending up on a very steep (fortunately, short) slope that required micro-spikes and tricky footwork.  Once down that, we rejoined the other snowshoers tracks and headed back toward the meadow (grabbing a group shot too) and looked back at where we had been.   
Meadows southwest of Shuksan/Lake Ann
Meadows southwest of Shuksan/Lake Ann

Now was the final slog back up to Austin Pass - the snow was pretty firm, but it was about 400' of fairly steep uphill at the end of the day  redface.gif .  "Someone" suggested that we should head up the steepest part of the slope to get back to the tent, but "others" said, "Oh no, head for that lower, less steep gap and blue sky!" 
Barb celebrating a little too soon!!!
Barb celebrating a little too soon!!!

Well, we got to the gap, but had to climb up a ridge to be able to drop back down to where the tent was!   shakehead.gif  We quickly got our gear stuffed into our backpacks however we could and beat feet off of Austin Pass and back to the cars by about 4:30 p.m. - Beth and Lauren arrived only about 15 minutes ahead of us.  The light was fading and the temperature already had dropped to 32.  So, we figured a warm meal at Grahams in Glacier was in order!   hungry.gif  drink.gif  cheers.gif   An absolutely spectacular trip - even though we really didn't summit anything (Barb and I got about 5400' - Gus about 10,000' and Jim K and David about 4800') - but great friends and lots of fun make up for any lack of altitude!!!  And, the views, oh the views!   slobber.gif   Not bad for June in February!   up.gif  up.gif

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PostMon Feb 22, 2010 7:12 pm 
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Awesome! I dub it Februly. biggrin.gif
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PostMon Feb 22, 2010 7:17 pm 
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We never would have guessed that creek crossings would have been a problem.   What a beautiful area! up.gif

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PostMon Feb 22, 2010 7:25 pm 
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TrailPair wrote:
We never would have guessed that creek crossings would have been a problem.   What a beautiful area! up.gif

You and me both!  We just waltzed through that valley two years ago.  Guess we were lucky.  Even with all our aimlessness it was a grand weekend to be out!  Finally some great weather, and the company wasn't too bad either. wink.gif

Big thanks to Lauren for saving my butt with her Pocket Rocket stove and extra fuel.  My Whisperlite failed for some unknown reason.

Click here for all my photos.

Buried building
Buried building
Sun
Sun
Up to the ridge
Up to the ridge
Rolling dunes
Rolling dunes
Heart
Heart
Mt Shuksan
Mt Shuksan
Baker
Baker
On the ridge
On the ridge
Abbey Road
Abbey Road
Snowshoes
Snowshoes
Setting up the tent
Setting up the tent
Heading to Table Mountain
Heading to Table Mountain
Steep slope
Steep slope
Suzanne
Suzanne
Hey, I'm Jason Hummel!  :)
Hey, I'm Jason Hummel!  wink.gif
Heading down
Heading down
Glissade
Glissade
Snowshoers where we turned back
Snowshoers where we turned back
Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Heading back to camp
Heading back to camp
Shuksan glow
Shuksan glow
Night
Night
Gus visits our tent
Gus visits our tent
Valley floor
Valley floor
Tricky crossing
Tricky crossing
Mt Ann
Mt Ann
Another crossing
Another crossing
Frozen Lake Ann
Frozen Lake Ann
Tiny people
Tiny people
Here comes Gus!
Here comes Gus!
Run Gus!
Run Gus!
Lookout!
Lookout!
Crash!
Crash!
Heading back
Heading back
Another crossing
Another crossing
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PostMon Feb 22, 2010 7:29 pm 
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Sadie's Driver wrote:
but I'll just say that Tom S. and Jim D. have nothing on the two of us!!!!

You guys rocked it!

I have to get up there one of these days.  Mt Ann looks like a great winter time destination.
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PostMon Feb 22, 2010 8:12 pm 
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Here is a very short movie of Gus crashing down the slope.



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PostMon Feb 22, 2010 8:26 pm 
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Sadie's Driver wrote:
The girls and their dog
The girls and their dog

These shadow shots never fail to amuse. The other photos are all too spectacular to choose between anyway...
Everything about your adventure gets a  up.gif  up.gif thanks for sharing! ~Jo

Edit: The night shot of the tent and stars is stellar too!
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PostMon Feb 22, 2010 9:22 pm 
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This reminds me of our Yellow Aster to Excelsior Pass adventure last spring (minus the crowds!)
Wish I could have been there!

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PostMon Feb 22, 2010 10:06 pm 
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Lots of great pictures.  This may be my favorite.

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PostTue Feb 23, 2010 8:21 am 
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Definitely some candidates for next year's calendar there- from SD & Opus!
Beautiful trip~

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PostTue Feb 23, 2010 9:53 am 
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A sweet weekend with awesome company. up.gif  up.gif
A few more pictures.
prime real estate
prime real estate
morning in camp
morning in camp
views from the rainbow tent
views from the rainbow tent
views south
views south
views west
views west
Let's go up there!
Let's go up there!
or let's go down
or let's go down
icicles and Baker
icicles and Baker
SD wrestling a snag
SD wrestling a snag
getting closer to Baker
getting closer to Baker
Glacier- I guess
Glacier- I guess
aah-alpenglow
aah-alpenglow
the envy of AH
the envy of AH
looking south
looking south
Morning fog over Baker Lake
Morning fog over Baker Lake
I love Baker
I love Baker
leaving Artist Point
leaving Artist Point
creek crevasse
creek crevasse
Mount Ann
Mount Ann
snow pattern
snow pattern
Baker from Lake Ann
Baker from Lake Ann
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PostTue Feb 23, 2010 11:24 am 
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Beautiful photos by everyone... too bad that summer is over now!!

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ragman and rodman wrote:
Beautiful photos by everyone... too bad that summer is over now!!



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PostTue Feb 23, 2010 11:56 am 
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Uh-oh - looks like Gus is going to be bumped off the 2011 February calendar page!

Night
Night

shakehead.gif  Dufus!!!!
Lookout!
Lookout!
Crash!
Crash!

Great pics David and Barb!  s.d.

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PostTue Feb 23, 2010 12:28 pm 
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Sadie's Driver wrote:

You guys don't have a clue, do you?
You guys don't have a clue, do you?

Happy Spay Day, bro.

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