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Ascent of Mount Baxter on 2018-09-09

Climber: Marcus S

Others in Party:Jose M Martínez
Date:Sunday, September 9, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Baxter
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:13136 ft / 4003 m

Ascent Trip Report

Backpack with Jose. Camped at Baxter Lake. 6 hour backpack to the lake. 2 hours to the summit from the lake. Lots of Class 2, quite loose, medium sized rock. I chose to start my traverse low and climb gradually up and around to the summit plateau, gaining the final summit elevation from the south, rather than straight up the ridge from the saddle to the west. I found this easier than my partner who stayed on the ridge about halfway and then also traversed around. We repeated the same for the hike down.

There is a Sierra Club SPS register at the summit. Spotted two Bighorn ewes, one adult, one younger on the eastern edge of the summit plateau, which they promptly dropped off. Beautiful clear day, not a cloud, mild temps, light breeze.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9736 ft / 2967 m
    Extra Gain:1300 ft / 396 m
    Round-Trip Distance:20.4 mi / 32.8 km
    Route:Baxter Pass Trail
    Trailhead:Baxter Pass Trailhead  6000 ft / 1828 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:8 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Baxter/Acrodectes (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Baxter2018-09-099736 ft / 2968 m
2Acrodectes Peak2018-09-09700 ft / 213 m
Total Trip Gain: 10436 ft / 3181 m    Total Trip Loss: 11036 ft / 3364 m



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