After a long day of walking we got to a camp at the base of the Rail Road Grade (a glacial moraine that runs along the west side of the Easton Glacier). We set up camp cooked dinner and went to bed. Unfortunately we awoke the next day to rain. We decided not to move to a higher camp so we could stay dry. After breakfast I went back to bed. The students entertained themselves with cards.
|Looking down the valley to Baker Lake.|
|Even the birds were wet.|
I was surprised to find the rain had turned to snow when I woke from my 4 hour midday nap.
|Snow on the cook tent.|
|Is the sun trying to break through?|
As the weather slowly improved we did some glacier skills practice in hopes that we would be able to climb to the summit the next morning.
|Checking out a small crevasse.|
|Rope team travel practice.|
Morning always comes too early for me. We had a 1am wake up.
|Camp at 1am with the Twin Sisters Range in the background.|
|Camp at 1am with Mt. Baker's summit in background.|
|Starting up the Roman Wall.|
|Mt. Bakers summit.|
|On the summit.|
|The second rope team nears the summit.|
|Th last few steps to the summit.|
|A slight detour heading down to view some seracs.|
|A panorama of the summit crater. This was seven photos stitched together.|
The complete set of photos can be found at http://alasdairturner.smugmug.com/