Ascent of Mount Bachelor on 2014-07-03

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 3, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Bachelor
    Elevation:9065 ft / 2763 m

Ascent Trip Report

After our big day on Mount Hood and Mount Saint Helens we head for South Sister, but decide to bag Mt Bachelor first since we have to drive past it.

Bachelor is a very simple climb from Sunrise Ski Lodge at the key saddle: simply park near the gate (N43.99467 W121.66039, 1980m) and follow the ski lift up.

Our ascent is mostly on soft snow. We both wear trail shoes: Alan uses microspikes while I strap on my Grivel 12pt crampons. However the slope is fairly gentle and most folks seem to have gone up with no traction aid.

The summit is up to the R of the top station. We pass an apparently slightly lower summit (N43.97893 W121.68752, outcrop, remains of structure) 100m before the main summit. Then there are three summit candidates of similar elevation: the NW summit (outcrop at N43.97960 W121.68894) and SW summit (N43.97928 W121.68895, 2765m, large cairn) seem to me to share the honours. There are two USGS reference markers, indicating that there should be a trig on the outcrop at N43.97944 W121.68853 (lower). No sign of it: has probably been removed/stolen; also one of the reference markers is badly damaged. The USGS markers use the name Bachelor Butte.

The view is dominated by South Sister which is our next objective. We descend to just above the ski lift top station and from here enjoy an exhilarating run down the soft snow, reaching the car in 19 minutes. For the top section we're descending at 100 metres/minute, 10x our normal ascent rate.

Mount Bachelor photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2658 ft / 810 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:hiked ski lift route
    Trailhead:Sunrise Lodge entrance  6407 ft / 1952 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow Climb
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 28 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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