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Free stay at Baker Lodge: Mt. Shuksan hike & Baker Lodge party

Come join Mountaineers.Org for a weekend of hiking, friendship, and some volunteer work at the Mountaineer’s lodge at Mt. Baker Ski resort. This is the second of the two work-parties for the season.

 

 

Baker Lodge, owned and operated by Mountaineers volunteer organization, is nestled in the trees adjacent to the Picture Lake and chair lift #1. Vistas of Mt. Shuksan, the most filmed mountain, are abound from the lodge (see pic). Lodge offers a dorm type bunked beds that are sectioned off for privacy, two hot shower stalls, two bathrooms, cozy fire-place living room, a large kitchen, and home like ambiance. Bunk beds have full size mattresses but you bring your own blanket and pillow.
Lodge is heated. Lights are out at about 10:30PM, breakfast bell rings at about 7:30AM, lunch at about 1, and dinner at about 7PM. They leave the front door open and some lights on for late arrivals.
Cost: For this work-party, stay and meals are complimentary. Mountaineers membership is NOT required. A pass is NOT required for parking at the lodge .
Meals: are included with the stay. Bob & Becky, the hosts for this weekend, will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. In addition, Becky promised to have a hearty soup waiting for those arriving on Fri evening.
Work-and-Play
DOW, I plan to do volunteer work on Saturday and play on Sunday (mama said homework before play). Forecast looks promising.
Work involves indoor repairs and touch-ups to get the lodge ready for the season. This last weekend, we cleaned and sealed windows, vacuumed floors, fixed lights, organized the pantry, etc. Hosts are easy going retirees so everyone worked on their own pace and there were plenty of breaks, stories and conversations.

For play, there are all levels of outdoor activities available on this mountain. Most people decide during breakfast based on interest, energy, skill levels, and weather. This last Sunday, a group of UW students did Hanningan pass hike, another did an easy hike/walk around the lodge, and some old farts hung around the lodge. A few of us drove up to Artist point after dark for star-gazing since this is one of the very few spots left unpolluted with city lights.
For this Sunday, I got an experienced mountaineer to promise a guided scramble to get closer to Mt. Shuksan.

Cell phone signal is spotty near the lodge. No Wi-Fi and TV but a bunch of board games and books are available in the lodge.
Ride-Sharing: Please organize ride-sharing in the comments section and don't forget to cost share with the driver.
Reservation: Make your reservation online or via phone call. Once reserved, please don't flake-out else the food goes to waste.
Phone reservation: 9-5PM at (206)[masked].
Online Reservations & Directions: http://www.mountaineers.org/BakerLodge/
Hikes near Mt. Baker: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/seasonal-hikes/summer-destinations/stunning-hikes-near-mount-baker
Tips: The road was clear all the way up to the Artist Point. No snow left around the lodge. But come prepared for the unpredictable mountain weather. Also come prepared for semi-private shared living. And don't forget your camera since the views are memorable.
Disclaimer: At the risk of sounding dorky, I must CYA. Participants are responsible for any and all good times, bad times, risks, liabilities, and damages associated with this event. By participating, you acknowledge and hold-free, the Meetup, event organizers, Mountaineers Club, and others associated with this event and associated activities. I don’t represent anyone or any group and I’m not an expert on any of the above stuff. Please do your own research for planning and preparation to ensure safe and enjoyable event.

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  • ShawnSeattle

    I'm driving up on Fri after work from Redmond and can two a couple of passengers. ETA back in Redmond around 5PM.

    July 18, 2013

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