Andrew Eckels and company were out getting after it on Mt. Baker this past September 30th, 2012. Below is a video and a short report of their last adventure.
A Facebook post about skiing under the full moon and Pat and Ben’s lack of September turns inspired a trip to the Coleman Glacier on Mt Baker. I tried to sell Ben and Pat on skiing under the full moon on Heliotrope while hanging out with my friends Heather and Georgia. They are new to summer skiing, and didn’t have the gear to go to the summit of Baker, but they were stoked as hell on the idea of skiing under the moon, and asked to join. Plenty of detours and last minute packing put us at trailhead at 1 in the morning, where we woke up Pat and Ben. We hiked through the moonlit woods relishing the mystical night scenery, and made it to snow by 3 in the morning. The snow was hard and we were tired, so we went to bed right on the trail. Pat and Ben woke us up at 8 and we leisurely made our way up to the top of Heliotrope, giving the snow time to soften.
After an hour of soaking in the views and hanging out, Ben, Pat and I set off for the summit, while Heather and Georgia, hung out waiting for the sun cups to ripen. We wore harnesses and had a rope, but the snow was so firm, and the route so clear and lacking significant snow bridges that we never pulled it out.
By the time we got to the Col at 9000 ft a lenticular cloud had engulfed the summit in a white out with high winds. This was the third time this exact scenario played out for us in a year. We decided to turn around and not risk having to navigate the glacier in a white out. The skiing was great for September. We were back at Heliotrope in no time and ended up meeting Heather and Georgia at the bottom. After a leisurely transition we all walked out and made it to the car just before dark, and celebrated with a meal at chair 9.