I headed down to Mount Baker in northern Washington for some spring ski touring and mountaineering training on the Easter long weekend. Ashley Weber and I spent two solid days of ski touring in the Mount baker backcountry early in week before meeting our significant others (Marie-Helene Marshall and Silvia Riccio) and our good friends Steve and Sarah for the long weekend. Ashley will be joining me on the entire Rainier expedition so it was great to get out and train. We enjoyed amazing weather for the weekend. Every day was sunny and mountaintop temperatures were close to 15 degrees on the weekend. It made for comfortable touring, exceptional views, and lousy snow quality.
We managed to put in 4 full days of ski touring, covering around 36 km of distance and 3500 m of elevation gain. We also put in one day of downhill skiing on the ski hill. This was the most ski touring I’ve done in a short period of time in well over 3 years. This training camp has given me more confidence about succeeding in my goal this summer. Now that the weather is changing I’m planning on getting out on the bike much more, but I feel like I can be ready for this adventure… and be fit enough to enjoy it!
If you haven’t been to Mount Baker and the northern Cascade Mountains I definitely recommend a visit. The mountains are spectacular! Mount Baker ski hill sits in the shadow of Mount Shuksan, which is slightly smaller than Mount Baker but arguably more impressive. You can see views of Mount Baker from the ridge tops. It often looks like it’s pretty close, but it’s a long trek along Ptarmigan Ridge to reach the base of the mountain. Check out my updated Facebook page for a full photo album.