Ascent of Mount Baden-Powell on 2019-04-06

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Others in Party:Jeremy Schmid
Date:Saturday, April 6, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Baden-Powell
    Elevation:9399 ft / 2864 m

Ascent Trip Report

8:45am start with Jeremy and his young golden retriever, Sam. Dog is nuts. Hit snow as soon as we stepped foot onto the trail. We were lucky to have some indented footsteps to follow in the initial part through the switchbacks, which is the steepest part of the hike. We passed a party of 3 in full gear - big packs, crampons, ice axes, helmets, gps, radios... the whole 9 yards. I was wearing shorts and had a set of poles and microspikes while Jeremy only had poles and no traction and was keeping hold of his crazy dog while we easily passed them. They had started at 7am. Yeah it’s great to have all the gear but sometimes it just doesn’t make sense. Soon enough we passed a couple skiers who were also trudging up. Yes, it was a slow hike for all of us, but man - I think I’d rather enjoy the uphill and the downhill than labor my way to the top just to zip down. Maybe I’ll get into backcountry skiing one day. Reached the summit about 11am and met another pair of skiers. Turns out they are both runners too. Long summit break of about 1 hour, throroughly enjoying the spot and the amazing views. Cloud coverage in the San Gabriel Valley made for an epic inversion. And then a quick descent involving a couple glossaries and back at the cars before 1pm.

On my way out I checked out the Grassy Hollow visitor center and then stopped and did a 5 mile jog on the PCT at inspiration point. Brief stop for a burger in Wrightwood in the way out and back home in SD by sunset. Excellent day in the San Gabriels.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Beautiful Spring day in the San Gabriels

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