Ascent of Bells Cleaver on 2016-08-03

Climber: Dan Robrecht

Date:Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Bells Cleaver
    Elevation:10406 ft / 3171 m

Ascent Trip Report

Lovely hike starting up White Baldy via White Pine. Descended toward Red Pine and on to the Beatout. I found white pine to be great fun up the boulders. Pfeifferhorn doesn't quite match up for me, although the ascent wasn't as bad as it looks (steep dirt is not my favorite,but there were enough rocks to provide good footing. When I could I just kept to the rock to the N of the trail). Down the other side of Pfeiff, I went straight up the ridge toward Chipman and found it to be the crux. It looks like you could go around that ridge to the S for an easier climb. I made a point to stay right near/on the ridge over the Hogum divide. Pretty incredible. The hike all the way through S thunder was fabulous. Then I made the mistake of trying for Bells Cleaver on my way down. Ran into a lot of pine but got over to the saddle OK. Found one trip report on this site saying the climb from the saddle was "easy". I'm no badass but I think my bouldering skills are ok. I got into more and more trouble as I went, finally was just grateful to find a traverse to the W that led me to a steep chute I could descend. It was at the point of a small saddle (Can you call it a saddle when it's really just a low point on a knife edge). Of course I looked up. . .It might be a little easier than what I had already accomplished. . .Only another 100'. . .Per summitpost, the route down the other side should be much easier. . .These are the thoughts that go through the head of a hiker who doesn't like to turn around. But no, I had made several 5.? moves on the way up, some of them with some exposure, and a had a way down. I took it. The chute turned into a tiny creek where I filled (and treated, although it was probably pretty safe) water. Had a nice walk down from the reservior. Sure is a beautiful canyon.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:216 ft / 65 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.1 mi / 11.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:216 ft / 65 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:N Saddle, N Ridge
    Start Trailhead:White Pine Trailhead  10190 ft / 3105 m
    Time:1 Hours 21 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Route:Upper Bells Reservoir
    End Trailhead:Bells Canyon Trailhead  
    Time:3 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Beatout + White Baldy

Complete Trip Sequence:
1White Baldy2016-08-033688 ft / 1124 m
2Pfeifferhorn2016-08-03730 ft / 223 m
3Peak 111372016-08-03218 ft / 66 m
4Chipman Peak2016-08-03650 ft / 198 m
5South Thunder Mountain2016-08-03550 ft / 168 m
6(Attempt) Bells Cleaver2016-08-03216 ft / 66 m
Total Trip Gain: 6052 ft / 1845 m    Total Trip Loss: 943 ft / 287 m
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