Ascent of Mount Bago on 2018-08-10

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, August 10, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Bago
    Elevation:11870 ft / 3617 m

Ascent Trip Report

On the eighth day of the Sierra Challenge, the group was heading to an obscure peak in the Vidette area from Onion Valley. Fresh off of a rest day, I decided to try to bag a trio of SPS peaks from Kearsarge Pass, one of which would be a redemption climb for me. The official start was at 6:00am, but I got an early start at 5:35am. I reached Kearsarge Pass at 7:15am and was welcomed with one of my favorite views in the Sierra. I descended down the pass and left the trail near Charlotte Lake. I made my way through the forest and up the easy ridge to the summit of Mount Bago, which I reached at 9:38am. I enjoyed the spectacular view of the Great Western Divide, signed the register, and descended the east face back to the trail.

I worked my way back down the trail to near Bullfrog Lake, where I stopped for a snack before turning my sights on the large pile of talus that is Mount Rixford. It was a long, uninspiring, but straightforward talus climb, and I reached the summit at 12:38pm. I enjoyed the summit view a bit more as now I had great views of Mount Gardiner, Mount Clarence King, and the Rae Lakes Basin.

I descended down the east face of Rixford towards the connecting ridge to Gould. The rock on this side was incredibly loose and dangerous, and I created several significant rockslides on the way down. Luckily I was the only one on the mountain. The ridge looked intimidating from the summit, but it turned out to be a pretty simple walk, going up and down a few subridges before reaching the Gould summit plateau. I ascended the summit block by going up a ledge system on the west side. This is where the summit register is located and where I couldn't think clearly due to being cold to finish the ascent on my first attempt the previous year. This time, I was able to make the exposed lateral step to the opposite side of the monolith and pull myself onto the summit at 2:22pm. I relaxed for a few minutes before descending back to Kearsarge Pass and the trailhead, finishing at 4:20pm. I had a beer with Jim while we waited for the others to return. Bob returned a little bit later and reported that it would be at least another hour before anyone else finished, so we returned to Independence to get dinner.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
A little hazy
Ascent Part of Trip: Bago/Rixford/Gould

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Bago2018-08-10 a 
2Mount Rixford2018-08-10 b 
3Mount Gould2018-08-10 c 
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