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PostTue Jan 09, 2018 9:57 am 
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I joined forces with Fletcher and Dustin to do Bridge Mountain, a peak I have wanted to do for years, but did not want to solo.  As it turned out, the weather changed and we were forced to do it a day earlier than planned.  But at the last minute, Craig Barlow contacted me and he was planning to do the same peak at the same time with his friends Mark and Dan.  So we would be a nice big group of 6.

La Madre group
La Madre group
Divide Peak
Divide Peak
view toward Rainbow and Wilson
view toward Rainbow and Wilson
checking the Bridge standard route
checking the Bridge standard route

We drove in from the south so as to avoid the permit and locked gate nonsense.  The hike up to the pass was uneventful and brisk chilly.  We started with the unofficially named Divide Peak and from there we could see the intimidating standard scramble route on the west ridge of Bridge.

Bridge
Bridge
chimney and rib visible at left, on edge of shadow
chimney and rib visible at left, on edge of shadow
coming down to the saddle
coming down to the saddle
below chimney and rib
below chimney and rib

We descended trail to the sandstone and then down some class 3 to the narrow ridge.  On the far side of the long saddle we scrambled up the right hand rib just south of the obvious chimney.  This is considered the crux because it is steep and exposed and a tumble on the rib would likely result in death.

starting the rib
starting the rib
rib
rib
above it
above it

Above the crux area we came to the namesake arch.  The easiest way to proceed is to cross the arch.  Some more scrambling followed and then we were at the "hidden forest" in a depression.  Many parties do this peak in 2 days and camp here.

hidden forest
hidden forest
steep slabs
steep slabs

Above the hidden forest we scrambled some ledges and down-sloping slabs with exposure.  I thought this area was more committing than the other crux, but then on the way down we came a slightly different way which was easier.  All but Mark opted to descend the chimney back at the first crux.

Potosi peeking
Griffith
Griffith
summit
summit

On the summit Craig and Mark got one step closer to finishing the DPS list.  They both have 3 left now.  Nice going guys!  I must say, this was the most enjoyable route I have done in a very long time.  If you like scrambling and you like sandstone, then give Bridge a try.

namesake arch
namesake arch
down the chimney
down the chimney
up the far side
up the far side

After Bridge we parted ways with Craig's group and went off to tag a couple more peaks before descending.  This was Dustin's idea and I told him before the trip that I didn't think we would have time, but it turned out he was totally right.  We did the Rainbow Mountains highpoint and then Ladybug Peak for a nice 4 peak day, before descending a brushy ridge back to my car.

Rainbow Mountains highpoint
Rainbow Mountains highpoint
Wilson
Wilson
Ladybug Peak
Ladybug Peak
Potosi from Rainbow HP
Potosi from Rainbow HP
Nopah Range
Nopah Range
Rainbow HP from Ladybug
Rainbow HP from Ladybug

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PostTue Jan 09, 2018 11:12 am 
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That looks really fun. Wish we had more time to explore those peaks out.

Did you approach from Pine Creek or from the backside (Red Rock Summit)?

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PostTue Jan 09, 2018 8:49 pm 
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Looks pretty awesome!  I'm jealous.  I sure could go for a nice long scramble right about now.  Good choice on the move!  wink.gif
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PostFri Jan 12, 2018 7:41 am 
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xuanxier wrote:
Did you approach from Pine Creek or from the backside (Red Rock Summit)?

We hiked up to Red Rock summit from the south.

awilsondc wrote:
I sure could go for a nice long scramble right about now.

Thanks Aaron.  Flights to Vegas are cheap.  If you can work it, come stay at my house for a weekend and we'll do a trip.

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PostFri Jan 12, 2018 1:40 pm 
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This was a really fun day, and a good first Nevada summit. The scrambling was awesome and I enjoyed the view of the Vegas Strip off in the distance.
alpenglow on La Madre (I think)
alpenglow on La Madre (I think)
Bridge
Bridge
the improbable scramble route
the improbable scramble route
narrow ridge
narrow ridge
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
looking a little more doable now
looking a little more doable now
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
the bridge
the bridge
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
technical crux of the day
technical crux of the day
Adam on the crux
Adam on the crux
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
Bridge Mtn and Mojave Peaks Jan 2018
looking back
looking back
Vegas
Vegas
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