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Ascent of Bald Mountain on 2018-07-04

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Dan Conner
Date:Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Bald Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13684 ft / 4170 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dan and I chose not to start at the common parking lot at Boreas Pass, but instead headed downhill and closer to the peak. We were hoping we could find some nice grassy slopes and take a more direct line to the peak missing many of the false summits. Although this plan was fun and adventurous, the best lines kept sliding us back towards Boreas Pass and although we cut off several miles of hiking by doing this, our very steep ascent took us still to the main shoulder and over the 5 summits. I note that the one false summit along the way is only 5 feet lower than the true summit and there is like a 130 foot drop between it and the correct summit. The gain and regain between all the false summits provides for over 300 feet each way of regain so you get about 600 additional feet traversing the entire ridge. On the way down we went ahead and simply followed the grassy shoulders south back to Black Powder Pass. This area is has great views and gentle grassy slopes and makes for a nice outing. We had our solitude bsuting up the west slopes but it was nice to come down the gentle shoulder even if we had to pass about 10 people by doing so.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3087 ft / 940 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3087 ft / 940 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Grade/Class:2,2+
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant
55F beautiful
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2787 ft / 849 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2487 ft / 758 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:bushwhack up western slopes
    Start Trailhead:raodway  11197 ft / 3412 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2787 ft / 849 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2487 ft / 758 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:southern ridge to bushwhack
    End Trailhead:11197 ft / 3412 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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