Ascent of Mount San Antonio on 2010-01-05

Climber: Rob Carter

Date:Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount San Antonio
    Elevation:10064 ft / 3067 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed the fire road past the notch to the top of the ridge at Devil's Backbone. The backbone was not as wicked as often described, but the final 40 yards or so before turning the corner on Harwood were hairaising with significant rockfall, a narrow trail, and a sheer dropoff on the left - used trekking poles through this section as the ice was too hard to allow an arrest and the important point was to shuffle through this section balanced and without catching a crampon. The trail along Harwood was level with an impressive view from Orange County all the way to Santa Barbara. I must get a video camera as print pics do not do some views' justice. Dropped my pack, grabbed my ice axe and set off from the shoulder where Baldy juts upward. Followed a set of snowshoe tracks straight up the face to the summit. Although the conditions were breezy (SW) during the ascent, the summit had gale conditions from the West. The conditions were excellent - sunny and clear. Temps started at 25-30 at the Flats and were close to 55 at the shoulder. Descent was a backtrack which became slushy at the end of the Backbone. Left the trail and made several significant glissades down the closed Turkey Shoot ski slope. Had a burrito and a beer at the Notch and another beer at the Mt. Baldy lodge hoping to catch Pavel - I had my Czech flag - but he was not around.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3904 ft / 1189 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.6 mi / 21.9 km
    Trailhead:Manker Flats  6160 ft / 1877 m
    Grade/Class:2 w/exposure
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 43 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 17 Minutes

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