Mt. Baker WA. Summer Solstice

Last weekend, after 4+ decades of admiring this beautiful mountain from a distance, we finally did the summit hike. Took advantage of the longest day of the year by having the shortest sleep of the year, out of our bivies at 2:00 am, geared up and tromping up the Coleman glacier by 3:00 am under a canopy of stars. The conditions were excellent, and 7:00 am found us with the sun in our faces and the summit proper a short distance away across the dome. The whole trip was spectacular from start to finish, still buzzing from the beauty and scale of the place.  

Mt. Baker Hill Climb 2012

A new addition to our annual cycling calendar, this ride took us from the Nooksack River Valley with it’s mossy stands of cedar, fir and maple to the cloudswaddled snow and rock of Artist Point 40km and 4300 vertical feet later. The road was closed to vehicles for the event, so it was just the sound of whirring gears, wheezing riders, and the occasional roadside musician to break the silence. Loads of fun on the descent as well. A very good time.