September 6, 2015
Recent fall weather has brought new snow to the slopes of Mount Baker. Camps at 6000' on the mountain have received a dusting of fresh snow, while the upper mountain has received approximately 2-4" around 7000' and 6"+ at and above 9000'. Isolated thunderstorms have been reported on the mountain throughout the week and are forecasted into the Labor Day weekend. Parties venturing onto the mountain this weekend should anticipate showers and possible thunderstorms as dry and warmer weather is not expected to move into the area until Wednesday or towards the end of the week.
Climbers should remind themselves that the glaciers on Mount Baker are in late season condition, as routes now negotiate across crevasse-riddled slopes of exposed blue ice which are now thinly blanketed by fresh snow. Rope up for all glacier travel and carefully assess your route.
Check out some photos of the Coleman-Headwall and North Ridge before the snow arrived and don't miss the most recent climbing ranger observations from the Coleman-Deming, Easton and Squak glaciers.
Please remember to 'Pack it in, Pack it out." Thanks and have a fun and safe holiday weekend.
August 30, 2015
Cool, wet and windy weather is expected on Mt. Baker this week. Snow levels are forecasted to drop to 7,000 ft. by Sunday night and further down to 5,000 ft. by Wednesday night. High winds and new snow are anticipated with snow accumulations on the mountain reaching 1 foot or more above 8,000 ft. Climbers and skiers should remind themselves that this new snowfall may cover up and conceal otherwise wide open crevasses on the routes and glaciers on Mt. Baker. Evaluate crevasses and snow bridges thoroughly and always rope up while traveling on the glacier.