This is Mount Baker. At 10,778 ft. it’s the third highest mountain in Washington State. It is an active glaciated andesitic stratovolcano. Or, it’s a big volcano covered in glaciers.
A couple of weeks ago my husband Rob and my sisters boyfriend Stephane decided to climb Mount Baker. The climb to the top is supposed to take two days. They did it in one. It was Rob’s fourth climb and Stephane’s first. Whenever Rob climbs this mountain it freaks me out. Someone actually died climbing it earlier this year. Luckily they made it back safely and in one piece. Rob tore something in his knee at one point in the climb and has been trying to heal ever since. No serious injuries thankfully. He took lot’s of pics along the way. Here’s the photographic proof I am married to a crazy person.
Let’s go climb a mountain with Rob and Stephane!
The climb starts at base camp and then you have to hike for about a million hours. There’s forest, then snow, then ice and snow, then ice snow and crevasses.
This is a crevasse. It doesn’t look like much but if you fall in it you will die. Or end up in China.
They started hiking at about 9pm and climbed all night. By the time the sun rose they reached the top. Look at that view! It must be lovely to be above the clouds.
More views of the peak from down below. It doesn’t look that high but it actually takes a few hours to climb the rest of the way up.
Vast snowy mountainside
The view looking down. The dark triangle in the distance is the shadow of the mountain in the distance.
Rob says he has no desire to climb Mount Baker again. I can’t say I am too sad about that! He arrived home the next day after climbing practically crawling through the front door. But they arrived home safe and that’s all that matters!
On to the next adventure!