Watson’s Traverse, Mt. Baker

Mt. Baker was the first of the Cascade volcanoes to be skied //  [o]   @bjarnesalen

Mt. Baker was the first of the Cascade volcanoes to be skied // [o] @bjarnesalen

 

Elevation 10781” 3286m

Aspect: Northwest to Northeast

Vertical: 7000’—8000’ depending on route

Coordinates: 48°46’38”N 121°48’48”W

First descent: Watson, Larson, Hennig 1939

“Not only is Watson’s Traverse historically significant, it also crosses some of the wildest and most stunning terrain in the Pacific Northwest.” (FCSDofNA)

The impressions gained in some run down a glacier highway are deeper, more vivid and more enduring than those which reward the man on foot.
— Arnold Lunn
North of Pemberton, BC lies a big, daunting and dangerous peak called Joffre. In a project filled with many intimidating lines, Joffre presents the first fear inducing challenge of the season. Low snow and sketchy steeps are met with a nearly tragic ending that teaches us all that bad things can happen in the mountains.