Album: Mount Baldy (5x) - Devil's Backbone


Category
Outdoor Adventures
Album Date
3/10/2005 12:00:00 AM
Date Added
1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

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3/10/2005 7:01:06 AM
My destination 
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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. 
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Let the postholing begin - trust me, it's worse than it looks 
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3/10/2005 8:05:45 AM
 
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An avalanche had come down this chute and crossed over the road that leads up to the Notch. 
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3/10/2005 9:19:19 AM
 
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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. 
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Hiking up the far left side of the ski run 
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Thunder Mountain 
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Looking down at the Baldy Notch and the ski lodge 
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Telegraph Peak 
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Top of the upper ski lift 
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Devil's Backbone now in view 
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Approaching the Devil's Backbone 
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Dawson Peak 
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The Devil's Backbone 
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Major cornicing on the backbone 
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Some of these cornices were huge -- very impressive 
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Better pay attention lest ye be swalled up by this deep hole. I'll bet there are more of these covered by snow bridges. 
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This is the steep spot - about 20 feet high and maybe 60 degrees? 
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Another shot of the steep section. Fortunately there's a shelf that should catch you if you slip. 
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Pretty steep 
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Looking down the right hand side. Its pretty steep down there. 
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Looking back -- another impressive cornice 
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At this point I stayed well to the left off of the ridge -- as it appears others have done. 
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3/10/2005 11:28:17 AM
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. 
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San Gorgonio (rear) 
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San Gorgonio 
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San Jacinto 
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Summit of Mount Harwood (foreground). Mount Baldy lies in the rear. 
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Another large cornice on the North side of Mount Harwood 
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Approaching the saddle between Baldy & Harwood 
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This chopper was practicing landing on the snow I guess. He would touch down for a few seconds, take off and then come back. 
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Looking back at Mount Harwood 
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Mount Harwood 
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Approaching the featureless summit of Mount Baldy 
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Finally, I have reached Baldy's summit. And as usual, it's extremely windy and unpleasant up here. 
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Another big cornice between Baldy and West Baldy 
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West Baldy 
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I glassed down about 100 feet left of this spot 
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This is the gully I glissaded down from the Baldy/Harwood saddle to the hut. 
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The Sierra Club's ski hut 
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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. 
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Another look at the Baldy bowl 
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Postholing down from the hut -- will the torture ever end? 
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Down the ski hut trail 
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Almost back down to the dirt road 
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Debris flow 
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San Antonio Falls 
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This debris flow of snow and rock (to the left of San Antonio Falls) has been growing over the past few months. 
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Down at last! 
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Panorama shot of Thunder Mountain, Telegraph Peak, Ontario Peak, etc.