41 years, Australia
#MountainAlphabet is back and we’ve got the next letter – B! Mountains starting with B… There are some well-known, but we’ll take Mount Baker in the USA. Actually, it’s an active glaciated stratovolcano with the height of 3286 m. So please meet Mr. or Ms. Baker!
According to American mountaineers, Mount Baker is one of the best peaks for practicing ice skills; and a great experience for both beginners and advanced climbers. Working with an ice axe, the technique of self-restraint and using crampons are required on Baker, one of the snowiest places of the continent (up to about 15 m of snow on the slopes yearly).
By the way, it was first scaled in August of 1868 and got its name in 1792 after an English lieutenant Joseph Baker, member of the Captain George Vancouver expedition.
Deducing conclusion: the environment situation on Mount Baker is often not very good! Serious avalanche danger is another obstacle. You do not need permission to climb, but the Ranger service strongly recommends registering with the office for your own benefit.
Pay attention: in 1975/76 the volcano showed activity (smoke emissions). There are rumours that it can still reactivate, but the same is said about all the volcanoes of the world.
Baker is also a ski resort that has been operating since the 1920s. Since 1985, there are legendary Banked Slalom competitions on natural terrain, where the best snowboarders of the planet competed. Including Tom Sims (organizer), Sean Palmer, Terje Haakonsen, Xavier de Le Rue, Mathieu Crepel and others.
Some additional information on Mount Baker
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