This trip was the first one out into the fresh snow this year! It was also my very first overnight backpacking trip in the snow, so I was extremely excited. It was quite incredible how fast the snow packed the North Cascades over a handful of days. My friend Lindsey and I set out to do Yellow Aster Butte, up near Mt. Baker.
We definitely learned a few valuable lessons on this trip. The first was prepare for the worst, and hope for the best. We had seen trip reports less than a week prior to our trip that showed there was no snow quite yet, but wow… by the time we made our way up the mountain we quickly realized we were in for some snow camping.
A few pieces of gear really helped make this trip enjoyable. The first was insulation layers, for both your legs and upper body. I would have been freezing without a dense puffy over my base layer, and thick fleece lined pants to top my wool leggings. More importantly WARM GLOVES and EXTRA SOCKS saved me. My body was not conditioned to that cold weather so it was a bit of challenge to keep warm when we stopped moving. The Hothands hand warmers were tucked in both my socks when I settled down to sleep for the night.
We were just prepared enough for that very very cold night, and if we had brought anything less we would have probably had to turn back. I’m so thankful we had the proper gear needed because we saw some of the most beautiful scenery that you could imagine of Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, and all the encompassing ranges.
If you have any questions feel free to ask, especially if you are entertaining the idea of doing a beautiful winter backpacking trip! Here are some of the details of this particular hike we did!