We no sooner got that great shot of Mt.Shuksan from Austin Pass than clouds poured in and covered her up! As you can see, hammocking spots are a challenge up here( though not non-existent), hence the reason I always lug the extra weight of pads.
Unfortunately, Mighty Mt.Baker was already lost in the clouds by the time we got cameras ready to go. I can't imagine that I actually climbed this thing when I was a younger man, about June 1988, I think. I don't do that anymore, I'll leave that to you youngsters!
There were a few more trees available on this slope. We are right at timberline, 5000 foot level. Above 6000 ft, trees were as scarce as hens teeth. That's my old backpacking buddy Tom, from Asheville, NC, on the left.
PS: Those sharp, dark peaks with glaciers behind me are not Mt.Baker, it is in the clouds above those thousands more feet, pretty much solid ice.