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Ascent of Bald Mountain on 2018-06-10

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 10, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Bald Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13684 ft / 4170 m

Ascent Trip Report

i followed ken jones' track on ascent. there were a handful of snow patches, but there wasn't any serious run-out, and i carried only my microspikes. i post-holed a few times at the edges of the patches, but otherwise no issues. i pretty much had to climb all the false summits for the safest route around/through the snow.

on descent i fooled myself into dropping off the ridge (heading west), rather than re-climb the false summits... that wasn't so much fun, lots of loose rock until you get below 12000'. once i got past the loose rock i started enjoying the side-hilling walk through the meadows and trees. i eventually connected with "boreas ditch number 2" (see openstreetmap) and that provided an excellent trail back to the trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2645 ft / 805 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2645 ft / 805 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2495 ft / 760 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2195 ft / 669 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:ken jones track
    Start Trailhead:black powder pass  11489 ft / 3501 m
    Time:3 Hours 17 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2345 ft / 714 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2195 ft / 669 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    End Trailhead:11489 ft / 3501 m
    Time:2 Hours 44 Minutes



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