Ascent of Aiguilles de Baulmes on 2000-06-24

Climber: David Olson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, June 24, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Aiguilles de Baulmes
    Elevation:5115 ft / 1559 m

Ascent Trip Report

Saturday. I arranged for someone to drop me off in the village of Baulmes southwest of Yverdon-les-Bains. Chuck Carlisle was going to Yverdon anyway. I arranged for him to pick me up at 6:00 pm.
My announced goal was Mt. Baulmes and I intended this as training and conditioning for a climb of Vanil Noir a week or two later, but as I climbed I considered going after the higher Aiguilles des Baulmes. I couldn't find my desired turnoff that could take me to either the Mont or the Aiguilles, but I was on good schedule, so I continued up the road to the col west of the Aiguilles, then headed up a trail towards the Aiguilles. I made it to the top, 1559m, about 900m gain and cloudy. After some photographs I hiked east toward the Mont. The trail vs. map-reading was a bit uncertain, particularly after I dropped down off Mt. Baulmes, but I made it back to the village of Baulmes in good order; 5 minutes late by my reckoning, 10 minutes early by Chuck's. Afterwards I noticed that I had come to < 1 km of the French/Swiss border during my hike. Even if I had noticed it on Saturday I hadn't had the time to go over, cross over and say afterwards that "I had been in France."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3015 ft / 918 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3015 ft / 918 m
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3015 ft / 918 m
    Route:Road hike to col west of it, then trail
    Start Trailhead:Baulmes  2100 ft / 640 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3015 ft / 918 m
    Route:east to Mont Baulmes
    End Trailhead:same as start point  2100 ft / 640 m

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