Chronology - Mount Baker Area Home

Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan, and areas accessible from the Mount Baker highway.
For topo diagrams of Mount Shuksan routes, click here.

Key:

White = Foreground chronology Blue = Background chronology Yellow = Undocumented chronology

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Year Month-Day Who Where What References
1925 or before - - Heather Meadows Start of recreational skiing subject index
1926-27 - Mt Baker Development Company Heather Meadows Mt Baker highway completed to Heather Meadows. Mt Baker Lodge opened. subject index
1930s
1930 or before - W.J. Maxwell et al Mt Baker area Popular tours established: Table Mountain, Shuksan Arm, Lake Ann, Kulshan Ridge, Coleman Glacier, Chain Lakes mtneer-a-1930-p53
1930 May 4 Edwin Loners and Robert B. Sperlin Mt Baker Coleman Glacier, ski ascent, partial ski descent mtneer-b-1930-jun, mtneer-a-1930-p50, cfe-scrapbook-1st-ski-ascent, mtneer-a-1941-p5
1931 June 28 Ben Thompson, Robert Hayes, Milana Jank, Otto Strizek Mt Baker Park Glacier, ski-climb rambler-1931-Jul, rambler-1931-Aug, aaj-1932-p543, mtneer-b-1932-nov
1932 Spring Ben Thompson, Don Henry and Darroch Crookes Mt Baker Partial orbit, east-west ski traverse from Mt Baker Lodge to Kulshan Cabin asa-1935-p68, mtneer-a-1941-p5
1933 Summer Don Fraser and Hans Otto Giese Mt Baker Coleman Glacier (assumed), complete ski ascent and descent st-1933-aug-13-p5, st-1933-sep-23
1935-36 - Mt Baker Development Company Heather Meadows "Ski escalator" (first lift) installed subject index
1938 June 19 Sigurd Hall, Dwight Watson and one other Ruth Mountain Ski summit dw-scrapbook-idx, dw-scrapbook-p361, dw-movies
1939 May 13 Andy Hennig, Erick Larson, Dwight Watson Mt Baker West-east ski traverse from Kulshan Cabin to the summit, then descending via the Cockscomb to Epley Portal and Baker Lodge mtneer-b-1939-jun, dw-scrapbook-p449
1940s
1941 March 28-29 Henry Reasoner, Otto Trott Mt Shuksan Ski ascent and descent via White Salmon Glacier spi-1941-apr-06, bh-1981-jan-22, reasoner-hank
1950s
Circa 1950 - - Mt Baker area Road extended up Glacier Creek bsyb-1951-p301
1959 - - Mt Baker area Roads extended up Shuksan and Sulphur Creeks mtneer-b-1933-sep, st-1959-nov-29-pic9, miles-1984-p211
1960s
mid-1960s - Seattle Mountaineer parties Mt Shuksan Ski-climbs via Sulphide Glacier. May have been done earlier. mueller-1968-trails, mtneer-a-1969-p39, firey-joe, magnusson-cal
1970s
1979 June 29 Karl Erickson, Greg Wong Mt Shuksan North Face (center route), ski descent (one rappel). On 24 April 1999, Sam Avaiusini and Bill Frans skied the route without a rappel. undocumented
1980s
1981 March 1 Jens Kieler and Gordy Skoog Mt Shuksan North Face (1927 route), ski descent undocumented
1984 July U.S. Congress Mt Baker area Washington Wilderness Act establishes Mt Baker Wilderness Area usfs-1984-wmaps, summit-1986-may-p8
Circa 1987 Spring Steve Vanpatten, Jim Witte Mt Shuksan Summit pyramid, ski descent nwmj-1-skoog
1990s
1990 May Bela and Mimi Vadasz Mt Baker Coleman Headwall, ski descent undocumented
1993 May 28 George St. James Mt Shuksan Northwest couloir, snowboard descent (started below the top of the route) bh-1993-jun-24-p1
Circa 1997 Spring Steve Hindman Mt Larrabee SW Face, ski descent nwmj-1-skoog
Circa 1997 Spring Rene Crawshaw Mt Shuksan White Salmon Glacier Headwall, ski descent undocumented
1998 Early June David Orsatti Mt Baker Park Glacier headwall, snowboard descent nwmj-1-skoog
1999 April (circa) Rene Crawshaw Mt Shuksan Northwest couloir, complete ski descent undocumented
2000s
2000 July 16 Rene Crawshaw, Carl Skoog Mt Baker North Ridge, ski descent (one rappel) backcountry-2001-jan-p48
2003 February 2 Ben Manfredi and Sky Sjue Mt Shuksan Fisher Chimneys, ski descent (from Winnie's Slide) nwmj-1-skoog
2003 May 2 Ben Manfredi and Sky Sjue Mt Shuksan Price Glacier (Nooksack Ridge), ski descent nwmj-1-skoog
2003 June 16 Matt Peters, Jim Cronan, Josh Stern Mt Baker High level orbit (from Heliotrope Ridge thru Colfax saddle) nwmj-1-shorts, strawman.
2003 June 25 Ben Manfredi Mt Baker Roosevelt Glacier, ski descent nwmj-1-skoog, strawman
2004 April 2-4 Sam Avaiusini, Jason and Josh Hummel, Lowell Skoog and Sky Sjue Mt Shuksan Nooksack Traverse (from Mt Baker Ski Area to Ruth Mtn via Mt Shuksan and Nooksack Cirque) lds-journal-p1569
2004 May 20 Ross Peritore and Sky Sjue Mt Shuksan Price Glacier (Northeast Chute), ski descent nwmj-2-shorts
2004 July 4 Cyril Benda, Jason and Josh Hummel Sherman Peak (Mt Baker) NE face, ski descent nwmj-2-shorts, strawman.
2006 May 4 Martin Volken, Matt Schoenwald, Mason Stafford Colfax Peak (Mt Baker) South Face, ski descent nwmj-4-shorts
2006 May 12-14 Mark Allen, Greg Balco, Paul Kimbrough, Chris Simmons Twin Sisters Range South-to-north ski traverse, generally along east flank nwmj-4-shorts
2007 July 6 Dave Brown, Sky Sjue Mt Baker North Ridge, ski descent (no rappel) undocumented
2008 February 24 Pete Durr, John Wells Mt Shuksan Curtis Glacier, ski descent (center route) undocumented
2008 February 28 Sky Sjue, Eric Wehrly Mt Shuksan North Face (lower NW couloir variation), ski descent nwmj-5-shorts
2008 March 5 Davide de Masi, Sky Sjue, Mattias Zeigler Mt Shuksan Curtis Glacier, ski descent (north route) nwmj-5-shorts
2008 April 27 Ryan Carter, Davide de Masi, Jason Hummel, Paul Kimbrough Mt Shuksan SW Face Couloir, ski descent (NW of Point 7848ft) nwmj-6-shorts
2009 April 30 Dan Helmstadter Mt Shuksan SW Face Right, ski descent (SW of Point 7848ft) undocumented
2010s
2010 February 6 Alex Gibbs, Casey Ruff, Sky Sjue, Andy Traslin, Eric Wehrly Mt Shuksan North Face (complete NW variation), ski descent nwmj-7-shorts
2010 March 6 Forest McBrian, Aaron Mainer, Dan Otter Mt Shuksan Hanging Glacier, ski descent (west exit) nwmj-7-shorts, strawman
2010 June 22 Drew Tabke, Sam Lozier Mt Baker Roman Moustache, ski descent undocumented, strawman.
2011 January 27 Sam Lozier, Allen Taylor, Jason Hummel, Eduardo Blanchard, Tom Murphy, Adam Roberts, John Wells, Colin Lanigan Mt Larrabee SE Face, ski descent undocumented
2011 January 30 Dan Helmstadter Mt Shuksan North Buttress Couloir, ski descent undocumented
2011 February 2 Dan Helmstadter Mt Shuksan "Northwest Connection," ski descent undocumented
2011 April 22 Josh Kelling, Ben Price, Matt Steinman Mt Shuksan Hanging Glacier, ski descent (east exit) undocumented, strawman
2011 May 9 Dan Helmstadter, Drew Tabke Mt Shuksan Hanging Glacier Headwall (east variation), ski descent undocumented
2011 May 19 Eduardo Blanchard, Dylan Johnson Mt Shuksan Hanging Glacier Headwall (west variation), ski descent undocumented
2011 June 21 Martin Volken, Mike Hattrup Lincoln Peak, south summit (Pt. 8400) South Ridge, ski descent undocumented
2012 January 13 Dan Helmstadter The Pleiades South Couloirs, ski descent undocumented
2012 February 15 Dan Helmstadter Mt Shuksan Curtis Glacier, ski descent (south route) undocumented
2012 March 25 Dan Helmstadter Mt Shuksan Curtis Glacier Headwall (a.k.a. Curtis Ridge), ski descent undocumented
2012 May 11 Dan Helmstadter American Border Peak NE Face, ski descent undocumented
2012 May 12 Dan Helmstadter Canadian Border Peak SW Face, ski descent undocumented
2012 June Aaron Scott Lincoln Peak X Couloir, ski descent undocumented
2013 January 20 Dan Helmstadter Mt Shuksan South Couloir, ski descent undocumented
2013 April 25 Drew Tabke, Louie Dawson North Twin Sister SW Couloir, ski descent (complete from summit) undocumented

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