Mt Baker/N Ridge
08/11/14 (Mon) - 08/12/14 (Tue)
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Preference will be given to those who help Instruct at the Ice 1 FT scheduled on 08/09-08/10. The plan is to teach the ice FT's on the weekend and climb Sunday evening/Monday morning.
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