Tana Beus (mountain goat biologist) wanted to put in another remote wildlife camera in the Mount Baker area. She had placed one camera beyond Herman Saddle, so we needed to check the memory card and batteries on that one, then descend 2500 feet into Wells Creek and install a second camera. I looked at the map and noticed that the contour lines were awfully close together in upper Wells Creek, and as usual these past years the low elevation snowpack was not very good. A good snowpack is handy thing for hiding a myriad of pesky obstacles that make traveling with skis difficult.
Once we made adjustments to the first remote camera, we headed westerly looking for a narrow drainage leading down into Wells Creek. Weaving in and out of trees, sideslipping steep hard terrain, dropping off overhanging snow blobs and carving an actual turn or two deposited us above the creek.