Climbed with Greg Gerlach. The rain and hail started on the summit. Great day on the mountain. We went on to climb Acrodectes and Baxter the following day.
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
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.
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.
with Dan Rhee
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.
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
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
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.