After a bought of very stormy and wintery weather in the Cascades in the earlier part of the week (thigh deep trail breaking on the Disappointment Cleaver), high pressure has returned to the high peaks of Washington! Teams are psyched to have a break from their hardshells and guides are looking forward to a little less shoveling. In the past week, our first North Ridge of Baker climb launched. They gave it their best go, but ultimately had to forgo a summit attempt due to inclement weather and sideways freezing rain. On the plus side, climbers were able to hone their ice climbing skills on the towering seracs of the Lower Coleman Deming.
On Tahoma (Rainier), our June 9th 10-Day Mountaineering Course pivoted to Shuksan instead of the Kautz Glacier due to projected avalanche hazard (fresh snow + warming trend). Flexibility paid off and the team had a bluebird summit day on Shukan this morning.