Ascent of Mount Bailey on 1999-09-29

Climber: Don Gilman

Others in Party:Brandon Johns
Unnamed canine companion
Date:Wednesday, September 29, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Bailey
    Elevation:8368 ft / 2550 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the only mountain climbing trip I ever did with my friend Brandon Johns. We went with his two dogs, one whose name I don't remember and the other one who I remember all too well is Whitney, his overweight, inbred Rottweiller. More to come on that subject. Well, we drove to the upper trailhead, which, by the way, saves you close to two miles of hiking. Now, Brandon is a bodybuilder and not a climber or runner and we took a nice, leisurely stroll up the peak. Besides, Whitney was starting to show signs of exhaustion, but we didn't realize how bad it would get. We enjoyed the views into the south crater and then that nice traverse beside the man-made-looking wall that runs up the south ridge. Soon enough we summited and enjoyed a warm day looking across Diamond Lake and Mt Thielsen, plus the rim of Crater Lake to the south. We also walked down below the summit to the east for awhile, just to check things out. When we began to descend, Whitney was showing signs of trouble. She was panting heavily and at one point laid down in the snow and would not get back up. Oh man I thought we were in trouble then, but luckily Brandon is a bodybuilder and he just picks up this hundred and fifty pounds of inbred blubber, slings her across his neck and shoulders and carries her all the way down to the truck. When we got back to the stream by the entrance road, Brandon put Whitney in it to cool her down and she just lay in the water, staring ahead blankly. Luckily she recovered.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7718 ft / 2352 m
    Extra Gain:2300 ft / 701 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:MB trail
    Trailhead:upper trailhead - road 300  5250 ft / 1600 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 

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