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Two Days in the Mountains: Climbing and Skiing Mount Baker and Mount Cheakamus

May 19th, 2012

We live in a pretty spectacular place, so earlier this month, I hatched a plan to take advantage…

Day 1: climb and ski the Coleman Deming route of Mount Baker in Washington State.

Day 2: Do the beautiful Spearhead ski traverse, and if the stars align, ski the North Face of Cheakamus Mountain in British Columbia.

To prepare for a trip like this, it’s important to study the weather forecast and avalanche stability. It’s a lot of hurry up and waiting for a two-day weather window.

Even then, there are no guarantees in the mountains and success is not just in achieving goals in terms of summits and descents. It’s all about new experiences, meeting new people and maybe a new sense of purpose and energy after returning to the real world.

Here is a short video and photo gallery after our trip to the mountains…

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Special thanks to Matty Richard, Tim Grey and Dominic Melanson who unbeknownst to us had the same aspirations to ski Mount Cheakamus, but started from Whistler Mountain (the other side of the traverse). Lucky for us, they were friendly and set a good boot track up. Good vibes! Thanks for your humble offerings and gracious boot pack.

Mike Traslin grew up skiing on the North Shore Mountains of British Columbia. Starting on plastic skis at the age of 3, his passion has remained steady ever since. Being Canadian, it was always ice hockey and skiing for Mike in the winter, but soon it turned into racing gates and then freestyle skiing. And once he discovered powder and backcountry skiing he was hooked, and never looked back.

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Team Rios Libres just brought this to us – help the cause

April 30th, 2010

Please take action to keep Patagonia wild!

Express your opposition to HidroAysen’s proposal to dam the Baker and Pascua – two pristine rivers deep in the heart of Patagonia, Chile.

Make a difference by taking just a few minutes to write a letter to ENEL Рthe giant Italian electric utility company that owns a controlling interest in the European partner for HidroAysén.

This letter, written by a leader in the fight – Patagonia Sin Represas –¬† argues that these dams will not benefit the development of Chile and will, in fact, impede progress, harm nature and negatively impact the people who live in these areas. The letter asks the president of Enel to step back from the project and urges him to seek other energy options for chile, including those based in developing renewable resources.

Please join the fight to keep these rivers running freely!

Please take action to keep Patagonia wild

Questions? Email Chris at chris.kassar@gmail.com

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