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Gimpilator
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PostTue Nov 27, 2012 11:32 pm 
Below Austin Pass
Below Austin Pass
Han Peak aka Annette
Han Peak aka Annette
Annette And Ann
Annette And Ann

At 7am we started hiking from the Baker Ski Area up along the "Blueberry Cat Track" toward Austin Pass.  From the pass we descended into the upper Swift Creek Drainage.  The snow was crusty and we made fast progress traversing below Shuksan Arm in the general direction of Lake Ann.  In fact, most of the way we were able to detect we were following the Lake Ann trail, which was under 2 feet of snow.

Upper Swift Creek Drainage
Upper Swift Creek Drainage
Baker Northeast Face
Baker Northeast Face
Upper Curtis Glacier And Shuksan Pyramid
Upper Curtis Glacier And Shuksan Pyramid
Fisher Chimneys
Fisher Chimneys

We reached the lower basin at 3930 feet, our low point for the day.  From there we turned south and climbed into the upper basin at about 4100 feet.  We ascended east of the central rib on the north face between Ann and Han aka "Annette".  This slope was steep between 4800 and 5000 feet, making me wish I had bothered to get my axe out.

Ann From The Ridge Crest
Ann From The Ridge Crest
Bryan On The Ridge Crest
Bryan On The Ridge Crest
The Curtis Glaciers
The Curtis Glaciers
November Sun
November Sun

Near the ridge crest we saw what might have been some small crevasses on the glacier remnant.  It's hard to tell for sure though.  We paused to appreciate Shuksan and then turned right, towards Mount Ann, our first summit and high point for the day.  This peaks is located smack-dab between Baker and Shuksan so the views are breath-taking all around.  To the north we could see, Table, Herman, Tomyhoi, Canadian Border, American Border, Larrabee, Pleiades, Goat, Slesse, and Sefrit.

Nearing Ann Summit
Nearing Ann Summit
An Unnamed Lake At 4948 Feet
An Unnamed Lake At 4948 Feet
The Border Peaks And Larrabee
The Border Peaks And Larrabee
Sefrit South Face
Sefrit South Face
Ann Summit Pano
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Ann Summit Pano

We left Ann and wandered over to Annette aka "Han".  From this summit we could easily see the upper and Lower Curtis Glacier as well as a large part of the Fisher Chimneys route.  The snow was softening a little now so we descended back into the basin and made the long trek back to Austin Pass.  Near the pass my ass was dragging and Bryan was polite enough to wait for me to catch up several times.

Ann South Ridge
Ann South Ridge
Nearing Annette Summit
Nearing Annette Summit
Annette Summit
Annette Summit
Nooksack Ridge Seen From Panorama Dome
Nooksack Ridge Seen From Panorama Dome

We discussed our options.  It was after 2pm and we had roughly 2 hours of light left.  We slogged over to Huntoon Point and then finished off with Panorama Dome after the lifts closed.  A good day begins at dawn and ends at dusk.  We didn't see a soul all day long, south of Austin Pass.

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Bryan K
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PostTue Nov 27, 2012 11:38 pm 
What an amazing day!!!! I had so much fun on this trip  biggrin.gif


Full set of photos can be found here.

Mt Ann 112
Mt Ann 112
Mt Ann 117
Mt Ann 117
Mt Ann 129
Mt Ann 129
Mt Ann 138
Mt Ann 138
Mt Ann tracks
Mt Ann tracks
Mt Ann 158
Mt Ann 158
Snow contours
Snow contours
Route up and down Mt Ann
Route up and down Mt Ann
Adam looks to Mt Shuksan
Adam looks to Mt Shuksan
Mt Shuksan
Mt Shuksan
Pillows of snow
Pillows of snow
Mt Ann 113
Mt Ann 113
Moonlight
Moonlight

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PostTue Nov 27, 2012 11:43 pm 
Absolutely stunning.  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif  Nailed it, gentleman.
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Outdoor gear model!

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PostTue Nov 27, 2012 11:58 pm 
Yeah that looks way cool  up.gif

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PostWed Nov 28, 2012 12:37 am 
Great shots!!! up.gif  up.gif

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PostWed Nov 28, 2012 12:53 am 
I like the labeled pano. I don't know that area very well.

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PostWed Nov 28, 2012 7:41 am 
looks like a find day to be out.

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PostWed Nov 28, 2012 9:19 am 
WOW! beautiful area! Specially with Bryan modeling, pictures came alive!  I like how you get a perspective when there is someone in the picture, you can feel the grandness of the surroundings.

Bryan, nice video!

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PostWed Nov 28, 2012 9:31 am 
breathtaking shots guys! biggrin.gif

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PostWed Nov 28, 2012 9:33 am 
Looks otherworldly out there. Your best pics ever.

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PostWed Nov 28, 2012 10:18 am 
Incredible snow scenes, both color and B&W! Thank you for sharing!

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PostWed Nov 28, 2012 3:03 pm 
up.gif  up.gif  cool.gif

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PostFri Nov 30, 2012 1:36 pm 
great stuff you guys .. both of you captured some awesome images... brian i'm esp partial to your B&Ws

pillows of snow .. gorgeous.. time to hit the backcountry!

gimp ... this is so true (or maybe a little after dusk?) .. thx for posting your report

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PostTue Dec 04, 2012 8:05 pm 
Awesome!!!

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PostSat Dec 08, 2012 9:58 pm 
Nice!  Have been wanting to get out to Mt Ann for a long time but have not made it past Lake Ann on a higher avy day.  Good reminder to get out there!

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