Ron Hanko

Ron Hanko

Posted on 09/12/2014


Photo taken on March  8, 2006


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Mount Baker and Coleman Glacier

Mount Baker and Coleman Glacier
This will be my last post for a few days. Edward and I leave early tomorrow morning for our Mount Baker climb. We’ll be meeting our guide and the rest of the group in Bellingham and will be heading from there to the Heliotrope Ridge trailhead in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Tomorrow we hike with packs two miles and 1000 feet of elevation to the end of the Heliotrope Ridge trail and then another mile and another 1000 feet of elevation to our campsite near Coleman Glacier. Saturday morning we start early (around 1:00 am) and hike another nine miles across Coleman Glacier and up another 5500 feet of elevation to the summit. After spending time at the summit we hike all the way back down (approx. 12 miles), retrieving our backpacks and camping gear on the way down. I’ve been training hard for this and am looking forward to it, but am also somewhat apprehensive, since besides a climb of Long’s Peak years ago this is something I’ve never done before.

This is the description of the climb on the website of the company providing our guide: Mount Baker, with its huge glaciers and lofty size dominate the landscape for over a hundred miles in all directions. This fire breathing mountain is home to the thickest sheets of ice in the contiguous 48 states making this climb one to remember. Our climb starts with full packs in temperate rain-forests. The hike then takes us up and up into gradually changing ecosystems until we reach the sub-alpine Hog’s Back. Here we bathe in views of the Coleman and Roosevelt glaciers with the Canadian Coast range to the North as we set camp. On summit day we rise early and rope up. From camp to the top the climb is spent entirely on glacier. We climb the Coleman glacier while traversing under the steep rock walls and ice cliffs of the Black-Buttes. This takes us to the Roman Slope where we gain big views to the south and climb the last 1,500 feet to the summit which is 10,770 feet of elevation.

Kirsten Schulz, Odile, Linuxica Jenesis, Judith and 45 other people have particularly liked this photo


48 comments - The latest ones
Gerlinde
Gerlinde
good luck for your climb!!!!! a wonderful project!!!!!!
4 years ago.
Proxar
Proxar
!!! great image. Wish you a good climb, Ron! :-)
4 years ago.
koaxial
koaxial
great mountain view!! gorgeous capture, Ron!!
4 years ago.
Clint
Clint
Wow. I've never done anything close to this. Good luck!
4 years ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
super
Have a marvellous weekend:)
4 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
I love the contrast here twixt the majesty of that snow-bound peak, and the rougher terrain leading to it.

Inspiring to be there, I am sure, and inspiring to view here

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4 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
A beautiful view of nature.

Good luck on your climb.
4 years ago.
J.Garcia
J.Garcia
Good luck for your climb!!!!!, Ron
Wonderful !!
4 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Breathtaking! Good luck on your climb!
4 years ago.
Fizgig
Fizgig
Great shot! Have a great climb =)
4 years ago.
Buck Ejitt
Buck Ejitt
Excellent image,good luck and have a safe climb!!.
4 years ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
*****************GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a happy weekend !
4 years ago.
Ashley Loy
Ashley Loy
Fantastic view !!!!!!!!!!!
Think Pink
4 years ago.
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Beautiful mountains landscape and very well informative dokumented !
Thanks for sharing, Ron.
have a wonderful weekend !
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Majestic view. Have a great climb.
4 years ago.
Alda
Alda
Superb composition! I like the opposition of busy/green/full of life front and the calm/serene/white background. Splendid work.
4 years ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
magnificent view !
have a lovely journey, it looks very interesting, see you soon !
4 years ago.
Lucas Manuel
Lucas Manuel
Una espléndida vista de esa bonita montaña-
4 years ago.
Semeyas (Carlos)
Semeyas (Carlos)
Impresionante espectaculo natural Ron!!
4 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Truly magnificent photograph!!
4 years ago.
pajmcb
pajmcb
Wow! Amazing picture, Ron.
Perfect work.
Enjoy your climb!
4 years ago.
pajmcb
pajmcb
Congrats on explore , Ron
Well deserved.
4 years ago.
Scott Lilley
Scott Lilley
Fantastic mountain and ice view.Well captured.
4 years ago.
bluehazyjunem
bluehazyjunem
Enjoy your trip, Ron.
This is marvelous shot.
4 years ago.
Sonja
Sonja
Sounds ambitious!
Best of luck, lots of fun, great views and experiances...... and be safe up there! :D
4 years ago.
Ms.Wisteria
Ms.Wisteria
Have a good climb, don't forget to take pictures :)
4 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
A fine image of this impressive peak. I'd imagine you're now on your way, so look forward to some great tales and images on your return.
4 years ago.
Hellemor
Hellemor
What a wonderful view. Have a great journey and take care :-)
4 years ago.
(*NIKonGT*)
(*NIKonGT*)
Great landscape and wonderful captured.
4 years ago.
Rudi Valtiner
Rudi Valtiner
Great shot and imposing scenery !
Good luck for your trip !
4 years ago.
Marcello Ciappi
Marcello Ciappi
Really great picture! Great job !!
Good Sunday my friend.
4 years ago.
Kathleen Thorpe
Kathleen Thorpe
Good luck on your tremendous-sounding hike!! I can't even imagine. Congratulations on Explore.
4 years ago.
Sylvie Coeffic
Sylvie Coeffic
Great place! :-)
4 years ago.
Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
Congrats on Explore

Seen in **Ipernity Frontpage & What's Hot**
4 years ago.
William Skelly
William Skelly
Wow , some scene here !, hope you enjoyed the hike .
4 years ago.
Eve
Eve
Un beau programme à vivre intensément !

Bonne randonnée avec de belles !!
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
niraK68
niraK68
fantastic nature and shot
4 years ago.
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
Wow. A wonderful view and great contrast. I hope the trip goes really well.
4 years ago.
Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
This superb image was seen in:
~ ~ WOW of the day ~ ~
www.ipernity.com/group/142497
4 years ago.
Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
A great view of the snowy mountain Ron, nice blue sky.

Seen & admired in Old Pros ( Photos Without People)
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4 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Gorgeous shot. Best wishes for this arduous climb. It sounds like quite the adventure.
4 years ago.
Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
Seen in *The World of Nature**
4 years ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
Magnificent scenery!
4 years ago.
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
A stunning view...excellent colors and contrast!
4 years ago.
Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
Your beautiful Mother Nature image was appreciated by your fellow member!

~Painting with Mother Nature~
4 years ago.