I just got back from a trip to Washington Pass for the last two days of and AAI ice course. This was a back up plan due to terrible weather on Mt. Baker. These photos are from a climb of the the west gully on South Early Winters Spire.
Weather was great in the morning, however the snow conditions made for some difficult trail breaking.
The view of the peak from the approach. The route goes up a snow gully on the left side of the peak.
One of the rope teams at an anchor.
AAI's newest guide, Erin.
Snow seat belay.
Looking down the gully.
Blue Lake Peak as the weather worsened.
Charlie leading up the gully.
High in the gully.
Near the top.
Ski track between the larches below.
AAI guide Kurt Hicks.
Erin at the summit.
Group shot on the summit.
--Alasdair Turner, Instructor and Guide