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Ascent of Big Pine Mountain on 2018-11-29

Climber: Brian McCarty

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, November 29, 2018
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Big Pine Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

It had rained the day before and there was a light drizzle when I arrived at 3am. I started at 6:30am after the rain had stopped.

I was riding a rented E-bike. When I reached 5.5 miles in from the lower gate or an elevation of about 3600' the road turned to sticky, mucky, awful clay mud. This was about 0.6 miles above the upper gate. The mud gummed up my boots and tires. The mud stuck to the tires was so thick it wouldn't fit through the frame. I tried pushing the bike uphill by picking up one end and forcing the other wheel to rotate or slide. I would get about one revolution of the tire before the mud covered wheel would get stuck. I would then scrape the ball of mud off with my boots before doing it all over again and again. Progress was obviously slow. Mud coated the frame, gears, chain, derailer, brakes etc... I do not know why I got to a place on the road I thought I could ride the bike. In just few a feet I came to a sudden stop when the derailer broke off the rental bike. I just locked the bike up on the side of the road.

Now with a broken bike I continued hiking up the road while contemplating what I should do. I continued on for about 0.75 miles to the first set of switchbacks. Considering the dark cloud still above Big Pine, the long hike ahead, and I still had to get the bike back to my car I decided to abort the mission.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1071 ft / 326 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1071 ft / 326 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.2 mi / 21.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Bicycle
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1071 ft / 326 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:Big Pine Rd
    Start Trailhead:lower gate by ranch  2969 ft / 904 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1071 ft / 326 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    End Trailhead:2969 ft / 904 m



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