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Ascent of Baker Mountain on 2018-07-15

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Dan Conners
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 15, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Baker Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:9544 ft / 2909 m

Ascent Trip Report

The days adventure was to scramble harder faces of Observatory Rock but on the way we saw this small rocky peak and noticed it was a USGS feature. We decided to run up it. There was some small rock to scramble on the broad slope up to the peak and some at the top but mostly class 2 to very easy 3. But on the backside of the peak has some fun rock to climb. We parked near edge of the dirt road CR36 and jogged upslope till we started to see some rock where we could get some minor scrambles in. These were class 2+ mostly. After topping out, we hiked down the backside (south slopes) and found lot of interesting and fun bouldering opportunities. We found a perfect place for Dan to try what would be about a ten foot climb of class 5.5 to 5.6 but it was so low to the ground it would be some bouldering classification that is equivalent. Then we scrambled up and down several formations of class 3+ for fun and found a large rock with a high pitched sound. I investigated and found a rock crack with about 20 small bats in it. We then scrambled down about 20 feet below the formation and found huge piles of guano. Funny as we continued to practice rock-climbing/boudering in the area we kept finding more and more piles of guano. Apparently these large and interesting rock formations on the south side of the small peak house a large bat population. Fun little easy quick investigation with some surprises.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:384 ft / 116 m
    Total Elevation Loss:120 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,3,3+
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:264 ft / 80 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Route:bushwhack and scrambles
    Start Trailhead:parked near CR36  9280 ft / 2828 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Gain on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.7 km



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