Mt Baker via Heliotrope
Baker bag with Dem Boyz 5/26-27 (my two sons, Brian and Russell + a friend Bastien). Parked almost at Heliotrope TH, maybe .2 miles shy, departed about 3:30pm. Saw some people living with two goats in their van. Check that off the list. Went up to 6k' via main trail and camped out on a little knoll with proximity to a dry spot for our eating hangout that had rocks to sit on. Skinning started just before forest ended on the way up, the walking was about 1.5 hours, then ~45 mins of skinning to camp spot. Enjoyed a great evening with a beaut of a sunset over the inland waters and Vancouver. Easy skinning w crampons to the Coleman Deming Col next morning, with a very casual 8am departure, boot crampons and axe from there.
Summit at about 12:30. Dropped Roman Wall at about 1, still quite firm, amazing corn glory from the Col to camp, not bad skiing from camp to the start of walking on the trail. Amazing two days, we will do this one again over the years for sure due to the variety of terrain, the views, the skiing etc. The Cascades are AMAZING!
All pics here:
On the way to the Col