Ascent of Baker Peak on 2012-06-24

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Collin Kamholz -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 24, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Baker Peak
    Elevation:11705 ft / 3567 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the overly ambitious attempt to bag Baker from Pyramid. What really made this difficult was the very long and very hard day on the White Pine/Currant/Duckwater ascent the day before, a 14+ hour day with very difficult terrain. My legs were shot starting the Pyramid hike, and trying the traverse after all that was a bad call. The traverse isn't that far. We made it to within 1.2 miles of the East Baker summit, but ran out of time. As it was we made it back much later than we were expected, and just as it got dark. The traverse itself was a scramble and bolder hop through loose blocks of stone varying in size from washing machine to passenger van. One would not think something weighing several tons could be loose and ready to tip, but that was the case. To make matters worse was the unbelievable howling wind out of the West - sustained 50+ mph with gusts probably almost twice that. I have never seen worse. Guessing on the numbers. We turned back within what seemed spitting distance. I could have made the summit but would have bivouacked right there if I had made it - I would have been too tired to even try the hike back. As it was I was literally hallucinating near the end of the trail I was so tired.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1159 ft / 352 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4236 ft / 1290 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Extremely Windy, Clear
Clear but howling wind
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:602 ft / 183 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 371 ft / 113 m; Extra: 231 ft / 70m
    Loss on way in:231 ft / 70 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Saddle w/Pyramid  11334 ft / 3454 m
    Time:1 Hours 52 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4005 ft / 1220 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3448 ft / 1051 m; Extra: 557 ft / 169m
    Gain on way out:557 ft / 169 m
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Route:South Ridge to Pyramid Saddle, trail
    End Trailhead:Near Shoshone Campground  8257 ft / 2516 m
    Time:3 Hours 55 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Pyramid_Baker# (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Pyramid Peak2012-06-24 a3761 ft / 1146 m
2(Attempt) Baker Peak2012-06-24 b1159 ft / 353 m
Total Trip Gain: 4920 ft / 1499 m    Total Trip Loss: 4920 ft / 1499 m
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