Baker, Mount

elevation: 3,172 m. height gain: 1,230 m.
area: Wapta Icefield,AB map 82 N/10
1997-Apr


Ref: Chic Scott's Summits and Icefields heading out
Leaving the parking lot, bread strapped to my pack.
Ski mountaineering: Fab and I decided to include a stay at Peyto hut on this trip. We had the hut to ourselves for this lovely evening, the temperature was mild and the absent wind allowed us to hang out outside. We enjoyed the glacier and its numerous summits. The following day we packed our things and left the hut early. Our objective was to ascend Baker on the way out. The traverse to the col and north-east ridge is gentle and straightforward. That's where we left our skis and grabbed our alpine axe. The steep snow slope, corniced on one side, is manageable but the wind-driven snow was painful on any exposed skin. Our summit stay was short; the wind was relentless. Thankfully, the ski down was nice and quick. At the lake the temperature had warmed greatly, we took an extended break and were entertained by two ravens. across the lake
Skiing across Peyto Lake.
at the end of the flats
The moraine we ascend is up ahead.
glaciology center
At the glaciology center, always a great place for a stop.
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Mount Baker from the Peyto hut.
leaving peyto hut
Leaving the hut to ascend Baker.
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Mount Baker, (picture taken on an trip to Mount Habel). Steep snow slopes from the col lead to the summit.
a little closer
Poor definition, the angle looks deceivingly gentle.
freshly snow blasted
Already coming down after a session of snow blasting up the ridge to the very windy summit.
looking at ravens
Back down on the flats, entertained by ravens.
raven show
The two Peyto ravens.
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