Coleman Headwall – Success!
Note: This Trip Report is a few weeks old. In the time that’s passed since Allen and I skied the Coleman Headwall, another party attempted to ski it with tragic and fatal consequences. Though we didn’t know the deceased, his accident has served as a sobering reminder to give the mountains the respect they deserve. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends, particularly those that were skiing with him on that day.
Since my first attempt to ski the Coleman Headwall on Mt. Baker, I’ve felt compelled to return. I didn’t even know I was going to try to ski the line the day we Drew, Reid, and I first tried, but after that day, the idea grew in my head and became an obsession. I made countless attempts (OK, they’re probably countable, I just don’t remember the exact number), and was getting frustrated. I resolved to de-prioritize it and put it out of my mind for this spring. Sometimes though, things have a funny way of working out. Allen and I noticed a lucky break in the weather and took the the opportunity to use it. The plan was to camp at the head of Grouse creek, then climb the North Ridge, and ski the Coleman Headwall. If time and energy allowed, we’d also attempt to ski the Park headwall while we waited for the Coleman Headwall to soften.
A typically slow start had us leaving town around 6pm. We were able to drive within a mile or so of the trailhead, before making fast progress up Grouse Creek in fading light.
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See that mess on my skins?- Cog Railway grease. We’ve still got a bit of east coast left.
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