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43moonRoute Climbed: Vincent Gap to Baden-Powell Date Climbed: April 20, 2002  Sucess!


Made the trek for the first time today. It was very cold when we got there. Hit the trail head at 9am. The cold wind was making it very difficult to get going. Once we got out of the wind, it wasn't as bad.

Had lunch on the summit just past noon. The clouds were forming over our heads, and we ate half in the clouds / half out of the clouds. It was great to watch them roll over the summit as we sat there.

The return trip was a little more trying than I had anticipated, but we made it back after taking a few breaks to rest.

The summit log was missing, so perhaps if someone could bring a new one, that would be great.
Posted Apr 20, 2002 6:07 pm

beautifulday2bealiveRoute Climbed: Vincent Gap Date Climbed: Many  Sucess!
Last climb was on New Year's Eve day (12/31/01). It was a stormy day, and I was the only person on the mountain. Wind howled high in the trees as I plowed up the mountain, sometimes postholing knee-deep. Despite the wind, conitions weren't bad until I reached the summit-ridge. At that point, winds were gusting from the North side at least 30-MPH, probably closer to 40+. I choice to get about six vertical feet below the trail to protect from the wind. Seemed silly, but I put crampons on at the summit trail-junction. Turned out to be a good idea. Got to the top, signed in unable to see a thing. Nevertheless, it was a great climb. And as always..."It's a beautiful day to be alive!"
Posted Mar 5, 2002 4:29 pm

Troop883Date Climbed: 12/8/01  Sucess!


Troop 883 Nailed another one. The trail was not to bad only ice in the shady areas of the trail. This trail has special meaning for Scouts. The peak is named after Lord Baden Powell the founder of scouting. At the top is a monument to him and scouting with the scout law inscribed. Adults Mike Z , Anthony Boys, Kyle Z, Shea and Seth. Cold chicken and a soda not exactly backpacking food but it was good!!!!!
Posted Feb 28, 2002 4:49 pm

tonyoRoute Climbed: Dawson saddle, Vincent Gap Date Climbed: often  Sucess!


This is the summit that first got me hooked on hiking. It was difficult the first time, but the views from the top were spectacular. Since I live close by, this is one of those 'spur of the moment' hikes that can make for a great weekend afternoon or morning. It is especially fun in the snow and ice - but be careful. A snowy trail can become icy while you are enjoying the views from the top, making for a very dicey descent.
Posted Jan 12, 2002 10:52 am

JoshRoute Climbed: Vincent Gap Date Climbed: 12/27/01  Sucess!


A nice afternoon hike. I wore running shoes, shorts, and a light jacket. I tried to run the trail, but running uphill in wet snow is not easy, so I had so settle for walking. On the way up, I exchanged funny looks with a few people who looked like they were outfitted for a Himalayan expedition. There were a few inches of wet snow around the parking lot, but up high there were 1-2 ft drifts. I postholed to above my knee several times. For the most part, the trail was well broken, so it was fairly easy going. Poles might have been helpful, but crampons/ice-axe/snowshoes were definitely not necessary. I recommend wearing pants. Round trip: 2 hours.

NOTE: The summit register is completely full and needs to be replaced.

Posted Dec 28, 2001 1:41 pm

tiogapRoute Climbed: Vincent Gap Date Climbed: 9/3/01  Sucess!


my best time ever :90:00 mins. have climbed this peak many times.
Posted Nov 20, 2001 9:08 pm

forjanRoute Climbed: Vincent Gap and Islip approach Date Climbed: Various  Sucess!


First time I hiked to Mt. Baden-Powell was starting from Islip Saddle parking lot, traversing thru Mt. Hawkings, Throop Peak, on 5/20/2000. Even in mid-May there was snow above 8000 ft.

My second hike to Mt. Baden-Powell I did it on Christmas' eve, 12/24/2000, using the Vincent Gap trail approach.

I remember there were some icy sections I carefully had

to traverse with my lightweight hiking boots. I did this hike late, starting at 2:00pm and so when I encountered the icy sections the trail was shaded. Stayed only a few minutes at the summit and got back to my car by 6:00pm.

Third hike up to Baden-Powell: I did this one on 12/8/2001 starting

from Vincent Gap (6565 ft). Mainly it was a snow hike up to

9000 ft. At 9250 ft, it turned icy (about 1" of ice). Had to deployed my crampons for the last 150 vertical feet. Excellent views

from the summit on this cool Saturday afternoon; could see Santa Catalina island, Pacific Ocean, downtown LA, San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, and even the snow-capped Sierras (perhaps, Olancha Peak).

Posted Nov 20, 2001 6:28 pm

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