Devo's Climbs

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Alpine Climb: Mt. Shuksan via Sulfide Glacier - July 1, 2006

Climbed Shuksan Saturday with Scott, Aaron, Dave and Mia. Scott and I packed in our skis for the descent; Aaron brought his board. The rest would just have to hoof it. ;-)

Left Everett w/ Scott and Mia a little after 1 am; started off from the trailhead at 3 am. Witnessed a beautiful sunrise on the way:

MOUNT BAKER


SCOTT IN PROFILE


Weather was gorgeous. We slogged the Sulphide, soaking in the scenery.

SLOGGING PICS:








SUMMIT PYRAMID


Arrived at the base of the summit pyramid at 11:15 am. Mia, Dan and I continued to the summit via the 4th-class gully, topping out at noon. Forgot how sketchy the rock was on Shuksan. There was still a lot of rotten, melting snow in the gully - made things interesting, especially in plastic ski boots. On the descent, Mia & Dave rappelled while I chose to down climb, trusting my footwork more than the rap anchors.

BELOW THE PYRAMID


MIA SCRAMBLING TO THE SUMMIT


BAKER FROM THE SUMMIT


DAN ON THE EAST RIDGE


SUMMIT SHOT


Scott & I began our ski descent @ 12:30 pm. Aaron had tweeked his bum knee on the way up and was unable to board, so he gimped his way down with Mia and Dan. The skiing was ok - soft "mashed potatoes" - nothing to write home about, but better than slogging on foot. Still, we had to stop and wait for the others several times so we didn't really save any time. :-(

A few ski pics, courtesy of Scott:




We were all pretty beat when we arrived at the car at 5:30 pm, It was a blazing hot day and we'd spent over 12 hours in the sun. Stopped in Burlington at Tacos Guaymas for dinner - Mmm good! I hit my bed hard at 9pm and slept for 12 hours. Good times. :-)

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