Snow conditions were great, I was at the bottom of bowl by 6am. Did a mix of snow and scree scrambling sticking to the path of least steepness. Came up on the saddle between Harwood and Baldy. This is probably the easiest route up, it gets much steeper in the middle parts of the bowl.
with the dkb variation to finish. really lousy snow conditions, but my first bowl ascent.
Faster and more fun than summer ascents; Second time this winter; the most convenient mountain route to shred in SoCal (though not the best- see san J's Snow Creek Couloir). TR on triple crown snowboarding here: http://pullharder.org/2011/04/13/the-socal-triple-crown-shredding-the-range-highpoints/
Baldy bowl is a fun place to practice mountaineering skills.
Skinned up the center of the bowl alongside 30+ new friends on a beautiful New Years Day. Big mistake to ski back down the S ridge, nothing but wind-swept breakable crust.
From Manker to Hut lots of traffic. Deviated from hut trail and went straight up bowl. Wonderful trip.
cut across to the summit
Totally windless and warm. Spring corn conditions.
Nice day, good snow, but very windy once we crested the top ridge prior to the last slope to the summit.
Adam and I went up the bowl just to the right of the direct route.
Climbed one of the chutes in the bowl with a group of good friends that "forjan" put together. Some went up the main trail and some up the bowl. We came down the devil's backbone. Bypassed the "crux" by climbing up to the ridge proper of the backbone then descending the ridge all the way. Very hard snow conditions in the upper bowl. All in all a great day in the mountains with great friends!
Thanks to Miguel for rounding up the SoCal mountaineering crew (I tagged along only as a pseudo mountaineer). Great group and other than the windy summit, a pleasant day.
Started up about 5:30a from Manker Flats, topped out at 9. Awesome way to spend a Monday morning.
I have done this route 5 times. Easier with snow on the route. I hate scree slopes.
Freezing at the top. Great day and an amazing climb. Thanks Blair and Aaron!
Went up with Aaron and Alex. Aaron gets the kudos for braking trail up the snow slog. Cold and blowin 30+ at the summit, my 2nd baldy summit. My winter ascent!
UPDATE- Ski Descent, sort of...
1-24-10 With Aaron again, we skied the Bowl. Fell numerous times, lucky I got out unscathed!
First ascent of bowl, solo. Got a late start and had some trouble with my crampons, wound up hitting the top near sunset, learning a valuable lesson about climbing in the dark as I got a little lost on the way down. Made it out eventually, though, thanks in part to directions from a helpful snowmobile mechanic. Will be sure to head up earlier next time.
Beautiful day and a great climb
Did the Bowl with Travis, Taco Del Rio and Tom Becht in a howling storm with whiteout conditions and severe winds at the top. Great adventure with a great groups of guys.
I've done several snow climbs of the bowl, the last being during white-out conditions and severe winds at the top with Taco Del Rio, Travis and Tom Becht. Memorable day with a fabulous group of guys.