December has been an odd month for the Cascades with insignificant snowfall and unusual sunny skies. Jeff, our friend Collin, and I decided we would take advantage of the clarity and explore the mountains around Baring, Washington. We originally had plans to summit Merchant Peak but low snow cover made the drainage we were traveling through unsafe. After some interesting skinning, a few face plants, and plenty of laughter we hunkered down for lunch and enjoyed the view of Mount Baring.
"Jeff and Colin route finding" Photo: Kristin Campbell
The Cascades offer a unique experience for mountain enthusiasts. Generally the mountains are hard to access, especially in the winter, involving a lot of route finding. Although today was more skinning, booting, and scrambling than actual skiing we enjoyed the adventure. Jeff’s phone call to Collin sums it up pretty well:
"It could be potentially amazing… or an epic failure."
"Baring Mountain, Washington" Photo: Kristin Campbell