Climbing Mount Baker has been rite of passage for mountain-minded Western students for more than a century.
Much like today, summit day 70 years ago began with an early morning breakfast for climbers to fuel up for the day.
But unlike 1947, today’s climbers have access to Gore-tex boots and high-tech climbing gear, thanks to the AS Outdoor Center, which leads annual climbing trips to Baker.
This year’s trip, scheduled for late May, had a waiting list of students who wanted to follow the call to the top of the mountain.
Photos courtesy of Campus History Collection, Special Collections, Western Libraries Heritage Resources, WWU
courtesy of Campus History Collection, Special Collections, Western Libraries Heritage Resources, WWU