Late in the summer of 2010 we went out on an ice climbing outing with the Mountaineers to Mt. Baker. From high on a ridge we encountered this view of the glacier – exposed and broken up after a summer’s worth of warmth and melt, now looking like ripples of water caught in an instant of time.
We made our way down to the glacier, wearing crampons and utilizing ice axes, and winding our way up until we climbed some of the glacier ice on a top rope. Up close the fissures were much more intimidating, with wide cracks appearing drop dozens of feet down.