Ascent of Mount Bradley on 2010-07-31

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Matthew Hengst
Date:Saturday, July 31, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Bradley
    Elevation:13264 ft / 4042 m

Ascent Trip Report

Holy crap - what a loooong day. Met Matt and Mike at the Onion Valley TH at 6am. From there we headed up to Robinson Lake and on to University Pass. The slog from Robinson Lake to University Pass was really steep, loose talus and scree. The views from the top of the pass are quite rewarding. The descent into Center Basin from University Pass is pretty terrible, but we made it down in full packs ok. Since it took us most of the day to go over the pass and get to camp near Golden Bear Lake, we had initially decided to skip doing a peak on the first day as planned and pick it up on the second day. After setting up camp, Matt and I decided otherwise and made out for Bradley's west chute. Another thousand feet of scree and talus awaited us! We made it all the way up to the ridge line which heads north-south in that area and realized that we missed the small side chute on the left leading to the summit. We were at the bottom of a big summit block that would be climbable easily if we had gear/rope. Without it, the exposure was too extreme to try it. Right at this moment, the elevation decided to catch up with me - headache and nausea. I almost decided to quit and not go up the side chute to the summit because of it, but being 100 feet below the summit and not going up it was too much to bear. Besides, there wasn't a cloud in the sky. We made our way back down a hundred feet or so to the correct chute on the left and headed up it. Matt ended up doing a few fourth class moves to get up it and I found the 2nd-3rd class route up by avoiding his route. We both topped out without a problem and signed the summit register. After a few quick pics on the summit, we noticed the setting sun and headed down. Thanks to the scree and talus, we didn't get back to camp until 10pm with our headlamps. I collapsed from nausea related to my altitude sickness and decided to just sleep out in the open. After a little bit of peanut butter from Mike and some of my dried fruit, I was feeling a bit better. Mike and I chatted for an hour or so as we enjoyed the perfect weather and millions of stars. The whole Milky Way was visible as the moon had not yet risen. Overall a damn hard day in the mountains - one of my toughest. The extra elevation gained on ascent is from going over University Pass (12,700) from Onion Valley (9,200) before doing the peak from Golden Bear Lake (11,175). Pictures
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4589 ft / 1398 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2500 ft / 762 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4589 ft / 1398 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2089 ft / 636 m; Extra: 2500 ft / 762m
    Loss on way in:2500 ft / 762 m
    Route:West Chute
    Start Trailhead:Onion Valley  11175 ft / 3406 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Center Basin '10 (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Bradley2010-07-314589 ft / 1399 m
2Mount Keith2010-08-012801 ft / 854 m
3Center Peak2010-08-023080 ft / 939 m
Total Trip Gain: 10470 ft / 3192 m    Total Trip Loss: 6826 ft / 2081 m

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