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Ascent of Mount Baden-Powell on 2003-05-22

Climber: Patrick Shannon

Others in Party:F-Troop
Date:Thursday, May 22, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Baden-Powell
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9399 ft / 2864 m

Ascent Trip Report

From my Pacific Crest Trail journal (www.trailjournals.com/northerner): I was a little worried about today's hike in the condition I was in, but figured that I would give it a shot. I was glad that it was a short day, even though we were climbing Mt. Baden-Powell, and there was a campground one mile away if I really started to feel crappy. As it turned out, the hike did me good, and as we climbed, my headache started to subside a little. At the trailhead to the part of the PCT that also acts as the peak-trail to Mt. Baden-Powell, about four miles into the day's trek, we waited for a while for Ken, who had talked about hiking it with us. He didn't show, but I got a chance to nap and recover a little before the big climb. About two-thirds of the way up, after many switchbacks, snow began to cover the trail and soon it was impossible to follow, so we started to climb the Appalachian Trail way (straight up) to the peak. I started to get the rush I always get as I near the top of a peak, and for an hour or so, my headache nearly disappeared, and my tired body was suddenly full of energy. It is incredible what the rushes I get while being out here can do to my energy level. We soon reached the summit and had lunch there.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: Pacific Crest Trail 2003

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1San Jacinto Peak2003-05-09
2Mount Baden-Powell2003-05-22
3Mount Jenkins2003-06-09
4Owens Peak2003-06-09
5Mount Whitney2003-06-18
6Half Dome2003-07-01
12Mount McLoughlin2003-08-20
14Mount Thielsen2003-08-25
15South Sister2003-08-30



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