We approached to about 4,600 feet on the Sulfide Glacier route on Saturday evening, which put us at the lower extent of the good skiing. We had just enough time to cook dinner and make water before going to bed at 8pm.
We got a 0330 start on Sunday morning and made good time skinning up the route. We stopped for a hearty breakfast of cheese sandwich at the site of our camp three weeks earlier.
|0430 breakfast at the site of our camp on our previous attempt|
|Sulfide Glacier and the Summit Pyramid at Sunrise|
|Ava skinning up the Sulfide|
Two groups started before us, both of which camped higher on the mountain. We passed the last of them as we reached the summit pyramid, so we were fortunate to be the first to the top that day and not have people kicking rocks and snow down on top of us as we ascended. We were somewhat less fortunate on the way down.
|Looking down, partway up the pyramid (Ava's down there somewhere below my boot and looks a little rockish)|
|Mt. Baker from the summit of Mt. Shuksan (the views were spectacular all the way up, but those from the top were hard to beat)|
|Hooray for summit shots! (not inspired by Craig W.)|
|Oh, hey. It's wild corn.|
The Sulfide Glacier route has a reputation for a being a boring slog. Without skis, I suppose this is mostly deserved. However, the way we did it made for a fantastic ski mountaineering adventure involving a pleasant ski approach to the summit pyramid, glacier travel, 400 feet of fun and moderately technical terrain at the top, 4,000+ vertical feet of skiing, and beautiful weather all day long. Shukcess!