Album: Mount Baldy (5x) - Devil's Backbone
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- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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I hiked up the road to the Baldy ski lodge. Er, let me clarify. Except for this initial part of the road I postholed all the way up to the lodge.
Let the postholing begin - trust me, it's worse than it looks
An avalanche had come down this chute and crossed over the road that leads up to the Notch.
I thought I could shorten my route a little by heading up a ridge before reaching the lodge. I'm not sure it was worth it.
Looking down at the Baldy Notch and the ski lodge
Some of these cornices were huge -- very impressive
Better pay attention lest ye be swalled up by this deep hole. I'll bet there are more of these covered by snow bridges.
This is the steep spot - about 20 feet high and maybe 60 degrees?
Another shot of the steep section. Fortunately there's a shelf that should catch you if you slip.
Looking down the right hand side. Its pretty steep down there.
At this point I stayed well to the left off of the ridge -- as it appears others have done.
It wasn't that steep anymore and I switched back to trekking poles. Snow here was soft -- not as firm as on the top of the ridge.
Summit of Mount Harwood (foreground). Mount Baldy lies in the rear.
Another large cornice on the North side of Mount Harwood
This chopper was practicing landing on the snow I guess. He would touch down for a few seconds, take off and then come back.
Approaching the featureless summit of Mount Baldy
Finally, I have reached Baldy's summit. And as usual, it's extremely windy and unpleasant up here.
Another big cornice between Baldy and West Baldy
This is the gully I glissaded down from the Baldy/Harwood saddle to the hut.
From a distance I thought those diagonal straight lines were carved by a snowboard, but now that I examine this photo more closely I think these are tension cracks. Take a look at the full size version of this photo and judge for yourself.
Postholing down from the hut -- will the torture ever end?
This debris flow of snow and rock (to the left of San Antonio Falls) has been growing over the past few months.
Panorama shot of Thunder Mountain, Telegraph Peak, Ontario Peak, etc.