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Re: Baldy Conditions?

Postby Sam Page » Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:08 am

The snow conditions in the bowl on 1/15/2011 were excellent, though there was a constant trickle of projectiles raining down. My trip report is here.

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Re: Baldy Conditions?

Postby graham » Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:38 am

Don’t turn your back on Baldy.......yikes!

Two glissaders almost caught in an avy over on the Western Bowl on 1-16-2011.
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Glad you 2 made a quick left turn and out of harms way :shock:
Boyz….give someone special a big hug and buy a lottery ticket tonight 8)

Kudos to Team Subaru for giving the avy shout-out 8)
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Re: Baldy Conditions?

Postby Luciano136 » Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:20 am

I was surprised how the snow wasn't more consolidated after this week's warm weather. I honestly didn't find the conditions to be that great; still somewhat soft and not fully consolidated (and obviously not without avalanche risk).
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Re: Baldy Conditions?

Postby graham » Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:34 pm

TacoDelRio wrote:Yeah, it's kind of a bitch at the moment. I ended up postholing most of the 7+ miles and 7,000+ft for the NF the other day. Any idea when the next system is supposed to arrive?

Yeah Taco, I saw your burly circuit down into Fish Fork and back up the north side of West Baldy. That's some proud stomping 8)
Current forecast calls for mild temps and sunny conditions thru next weekend.....looks like more snow will be melting.
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Re: Baldy Conditions?

Postby Sam Page » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:17 am

Here is what Baldy Bowl looked like on January 22:

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The photo was taken from the summit of Ontario Peak after an ascent of the obscure Ollestad Canyon.
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Re: Baldy Conditions?

Postby GreenMountainBoy » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:30 pm

it must be a sloppy mess up there now, I hope winter comes back.
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Re: Baldy Conditions?

Postby Kristin5berry » Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:30 am

Hey guys!
I live on the east cost and I am going to be in the San Bernardino, Palm desert area to do some hiking on the 4,5,6th of Feb. I want to get one long strenuous/harsh day and another moderate/difficult day. I was thinking Baldy, Islip, San Gorgonio or even Cactus to the Clouds. Ideal length would be between 15-24 miles, over 6,000 feet gain and a bit technical is good but nothing that requires ropes. Any suggestions?
Also, is there a good route that I could do Baldy with out going up the Bowl?

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Re: Baldy Conditions?

Postby GreenMountainBoy » Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:55 am

You may find some that disagree, but the C2C is nothing that I would attempt in winter....period. Perhaps I'm naive and this is easier than I think, but I would not want to be up there in winter....particularly the last 2-3K before the tram station. It could also be that I don't know the route well enough for a winter climb, i'll be interested to hear others feedback on this.

San G from Vivian Creek or Baldy from the village (no bowl) are good bets, nothing technical at all but you get the desired gain for sure, just under 6K on both.
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Re: Baldy Conditions?

Postby seano » Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:51 pm

GreenMountainBoy wrote:Perhaps I'm naive and this is easier than I think, but I would not want to be up there in winter....particularly the last 2-3K before the tram station.


Yeah, don't do that. Even if you know where the trail goes, it can be pretty rough. GMB's other suggestions would be much better.
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Re: Baldy Conditions?

Postby Kristin5berry » Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:30 pm

Thank you for the recommendations! I book between 10-15 mile and 5-6k gain a week in the white mountains in the winter so I’m good with some tech, plan on crampons, ice axe ect. Is the weather any worse then 0- -10 F temp, 3-6 feet of snow, winds 20-40 mph? Because that is what I am in most of the time...

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Re: Baldy Conditions?

Postby Deb » Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:54 pm

Kristin5berry wrote:Hey guys!
I live on the east cost and I am going to be in the San Bernardino, Palm desert area to do some hiking on the 4,5,6th of Feb. I want to get one long strenuous/harsh day and another moderate/difficult day. I was thinking Baldy, Islip, San Gorgonio or even Cactus to the Clouds. Ideal length would be between 15-24 miles, over 6,000 feet gain and a bit technical is good but nothing that requires ropes. Any suggestions?
Also, is there a good route that I could do Baldy with out going up the Bowl?

~Kristin


San G from South Fork or Fish Creek would be more interesting than Vivian trail. Also, check out Rabbit Peak ....that'll be a nice long day for ya! :D
Baldy via the Backbone is pretty cool, especially with snow and wind....nothing technical but you need to be "on your toes."
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