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DariaBlack, Mary Austin day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2009

Daria

Climbed with Sean- cool snow chute on the way to Mary Austin-agonizing boulder hopping fest on the way down Mary Austin traversing to Black
Posted Aug 16, 2010 12:37 pm

seanoSE chute  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2009

seano

Climbed a narrow snow chute from Little Onion Valley, then some loose-ish rock to the summit. The .30-cal ammo box had no register or pen. Continued on to Black.
Posted Jun 15, 2009 12:55 pm

Bill562Attempt
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2009

Bill562

CMC outing. The winds were strong so we only got as far as the base of the couloir. I was injured on the walkout from camp - hit by a rock, sustained a torn quadricept. The Baxter Pass approach in the winter is not to be underestimated.
Posted Jun 14, 2009 11:51 pm

tdoughtyRoute Climbed: nw slopes Date Climbed: june 2003  Sucess!

tdoughty

with Dan Rhee
Posted Oct 16, 2005 1:40 pm

Dave DalyRoute Climbed: North Couloir Date Climbed: 15 May 2005  Sucess!

Dave Daly

Got fried heading up to Summit Meadows and wind blasted upon arriving at the summit of M.A. Deb and I found the original summit register (Prince Albert tobacco can.....dating back to 1968 with only 4 other entries. The last one being 1996). This "summit" appeared slightly higher (by a few feet) than the one to the north (100 yards away). Saw Bob Burd, Matthew Holliman and Hike Monkey coming back from summiting Diamond Peak. Good to see other SP members out in the backcountry.
Posted May 16, 2005 5:31 pm

DebRoute Climbed: North Couloir Date Climbed: 15 May 2005  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2005

Deb

Previously -

Date Signed: Apr 12, 2004 10:26 PM

I had originally intended on heading to Diamond Peak for Easter, but the slushy snow conditions on Baxter Pass trail wore me out the previous morning and I was feeling a bit ill that night. Since Mt Mary Austin was just down the trail from that wonderful little camp, I decided to head up a pleasant looking couloir. Got a 0730 start on beautifully frozen snow, had no problems besides the occasional spot of unconsolidated snow past the halfway point of the couloir. Just about 3/4 way up, nearly in concert with the sounds of rockfall from the south, I let out a yelp as I plunged chest deep in crystalline blue snow. I took this as a bad omen, and being that I was solo on the wrong mountain I had briefed my family; I down-climbed to gather my nerves then glissaded back to the base.

Present day -

Summited Mt Mary Austin approx 1015 on Sunday via North Couloir, nicely consolidated with very little slough or rockfall - that all happened while we were enjoying the gale force winds on the summit. "E" Ticket ride glissading down!

We though we were alone but had the pleasure of spying a black bear, Bob, Matthew and Michael.

Posted May 16, 2005 12:51 pm

CompletebumRoute Climbed: Traverse from Black Date Climbed: March 12, 2005  Sucess!

Completebum

I stood on top of Black at 2:30 feeling drained and just wanting to head back to camp. Unfortunately I camped below the start of the North Couloir, making it difficult to justify skipping Mary Austin on the way back. The traverse was straight forward and after dropping to ~12,500 slogged the rest of the way up talus/snow. Summited at 4:30 and watched the shadow of the Sierra creep across the valley. Was hoping to glissade the north couloir but it had firmed up too much to chance it, I was alone afterall. Got back to camp at 6:30, 12 hours after starting out on my Diamond-Black-Mary Austin traverse.
Posted Mar 14, 2005 1:50 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Northwest Slopes Date Climbed: June 12, 2004  Sucess!

Bob Burd

It was supposed to be a Black/Diamond dayhike, but ended up somewhat differently. A pretty crummy slog via this route to be sure. Trip Report
Posted Jul 1, 2004 10:08 am

thebeave7Route Climbed: North Coulier Date Climbed: June 9th, 2004  Sucess!

thebeave7

Took off from basecamp at 9900ft above the falls around 745am, a little later than expected. Temps stayed in the low 30s almost all day long. Climbed the North Coulier, spent 70% of the time on hard packed snow, climbed the last bit on crumbly class 2-3. Reached the summit in a little under 2 hours, then headed for Black Mt under snow flurries and cloudy skies. Was unable to find the summit reg, prob didn't look hard enough.





Eric J Lee
Posted Jun 11, 2004 12:57 pm

forjanRoute Climbed: North Couloir Date Climbed: April 5, 2003  Sucess!

forjan

Started out at 5:30am Saturday (April 5) from the Baxter Pass trailhead with overnight packs. First encountered snow at approx 7600' just by the Bighorn Sheep boundary sign. Thsi wooden sign is nailed down a leafless tree. All 3 stream crossings were passable. Got to camp around 11:30am or so....and by 12:30pm I started out climbing the north couloir. This snow chute is gentle enough (at about 30 to 35 degrees) to practice crampon work on. Lower down in the couloir, surface conditions were great for crampon work, however, up higher closer to the notch there was knee-deep snow. I plowed through this stuff and finally topped out on the notch. Then, I took my crampons off and headed southward on misleading/false summits. After about 1/2 hour up there, I finally managed to find the true south summit of Mount Mary Austin. You'll know when you reach the top when you see a green army-type rectangular metal register box. By the way, there currently is no pen or pencil to sign the summit log notebook. I reached the summit at the late hour of 3:45pm. After snapping a few pictures, I left the summit at 4:00pm. I came down via the north couloir and was back in camp at 5:15pm. Went to bed pretty much after sun down. During the night, winds picked up and by 7:00am Sunday (April 6) we had quite a bit of gusty winds. Broke camp and headed back down to the Baxter Pass trailhead. All in all, I enjoyed the north chute of Mt. Mary Austin. It's a nice snow climb in early season.
Posted May 7, 2003 6:34 pm

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