May 5-6, Mt. Baker - Coleman/Deming - Close?

It is springtime in the Northwest, and for backcountry skiers, that means it is time to start skiing the volcanos. Knowing that Paradise would be a zoo on opening day, and wanting to minimize drive time, we decide on Mt. Baker via the Coleman and Deming glacier route. Unfortunately due to high winds and bad visibility, we called it a day at 9,100 feet. 1,600 feet shy of the summit. We still got some good turns in, and I even got a good sunburn.

Frank and Greg traverse to base camp at 7,100 feet.
Greg roped up for glacier travel on day 2.
Making a retreat in the clouds

Better visibilty and good turns from base camp down to 3,500 feet

Greg's excellent trip report:

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