Posted by: westcoastice | December 29, 2014

December 29, 2014 Ice Climbing Report (Thanks Joe and Eric)

Highway 99 North – Marble Canyon

Joe and ‘Hi-Tec Hun’ from Bellingham climbed all 3 pitches of Icy BC. WI4 condition with good ice. Not much volume of ice in the area, but good strong ice. No dripping water. Pleasant top roping too.

Mount Baker – Washington State

Nick R and I (Eric B) were down at Mount Baker today (Dec 28) for some skiing and spent a bit of time scoping out Pan Dome Falls. Not surprisingly, nothing is on right now, just thin icicles dripping over the ledges.

Access Issues – please read and consider for your approach to Pan Dome Falls

More importantly, we chatted with one of the heads of ski patrol. This year the Baker patrol is seriously considering banning climbing activities at the Pan Dome area during resort hours. At the moment, they will tolerate access from the bottom only, and only if hiking in along the avy control access road. The patroller was doubtful that access would remain open later in the year, but there is a chance. If anyone is planning on getting on Pan Dome it would be good to call patrol beforehand… It won’t be in for quite a while anyways, giving plenty of time for patrol and management to make a decision.


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