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Bloated Chipmunk
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Post Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:10 pm    Bustin' ass on Baring 09.23.09
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Yesterday MM & I tackled another peak on our list - Mt. Baring.  The steepness of the trail is legendary, so I just had to find out for myself how bad it was, plus it sounded like the views from the top were pretty good.  up.gif  up.gif

We set out early from Issy & made our way up to hwy. 2 & then over to the "town" of Baring, where we turned onto FR 6024.  We took it to its end @ the TH for Barclay Lk., where 2 other cars were parked.  The trail to Barclay Lk. is flat & easy.  The trail to Baring is not.  shakehead.gif

From the parking area, 2 trails take off in an easterly direction - the higher one on the right is for Baring.  We took the higher trail past a box toilet, over some blowdowns, & then turned right uphill at a small steep rock gully.  Our flat trail was now over.  There is a trail paralleling the creek on the right, & it crosses to the left side in short order.


Not far up the trail, MM slipped on some small roots & then impaled his shin on a nasty spikey root thing.  Some cursing & groaning ensued  curse.gif  & I realized it must've been pretty bad so I came back down the trail to him.  He had a nasty gouge in his left shin that looked deep enough to warrant stitches.  eek.gif  frown.gif We sat down & applied some 1st aid & discussed whether we should continue w/the hike or go to a doctor.   whaambulance.gif After a few minutes the bleeding was under control & MM said it didn't hurt nearly as bad, & told me he was fine w/continuing up.  He kept an eye on it & changed the bandage a few times as necessary.

The trail continues up relentlessly, aided by ribbons tied to the trees.  We stopped about halfway up for a quick snack, meanwhile a solo hiker made his way up.  We chatted for a bit - he was coming back to finish off the summit after he had taken people from Wisconsin  uhh.gif  up the trail last Saturday in the rain & the summit was too socked in to make it worth completing.  Baring didn't seem like the best trail to take people on from the flatlands of Wisconsin, but hey who am I to judge.  wink.gif The solo hiker continued on up while we finished our snack; we would not see him again until the rock gully.


After gaining ~ 1,700' in 0.4 mi.,  stun.gif  we finally reached the ridge.   dance.gif The look on MM's face said it all:


Once on the ridge, the trail makes a 90 degree turn to the east, following the spine of the ridge for ~ 1 mi.  There are small ups & downs & the trail is very pleasant, making for a nice break before the next steep section.  We saw some mushrooms along the way.


Eventually the trail drops a bit to the south side of the ridge to avoid some cliffs, then starts climbing very steeply again through the forest to reach the rock gully.  There are a couple of confusing places where there are multiple trails but overall the flagging is still good.  When in doubt, just go UP.  wink.gif This section of up is, thankfully, shorter & slightly better than that 1st section.  up.gif Before too long we reached the gully.


We picked our way over the rocks to the start of the incline; the 2nd 1/2 of the gully is steeper than the 1st but never too bad.  About halfway up we ran into the solo hiker coming back down from the summit & chatted a bit w/him again.


In a little while we reached the top of the gully, where there is a worse gully going down on the other side.


From the saddle, the route turns north up over some rocks, through some small trees & heather, & again over rocks.  There is some exposure, but never too bad or for very long.  The route goes underneath the summit on the west side & then swings back to it at the very end.  The last part is a bit airy, especially to the north & east.  eek.gif  We looked around for a summit register but couldn't find one; the solo hiker said he couldn't find it either.  confused.gif

The views were great in all directions, though a bit hazy on this day.  The peaks we could see are too long to list, & when we stood @ the edge of the lower north end of the summit, we could peer directly down to Barclay Lk. ~ 3,700' below.  hairy.gif I got my boot shot from the summit, MM got his from the north end over the lake.  I got close enough to see the lk. but wasn't going to sit on the rock @ the very edge of the cliff!    crazy.gif dizzy.gif


We didn't stay long @ the summit, as there were only a few hrs. of daylight left & we were not sure how much faster we'd be for the descent.  We snapped our pics, had a quick snack, & made our way down.  Not long after leaving the summit, I smacked my knee pretty hard into a rock hidden by some heather.  curse.gif  Thankfully it wasn't nearly as bad as MM's injury.


The last part of the lower steep section was by headlamp - not a fun trail in the dark but nevertheless we made it down w/o incident.  Then on to La Hacienda in Gold Bar for a well-earned margarita.  souse.gif  hungry.gif

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Post Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:15 pm   
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This is nice and all, but I must have missed the photos of the busted ass.  clown.gif

Thanks for reminding me how steep that trail was. Ugh.

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Post Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:18 pm   
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The more reports I read on Baring, the less I want to do it. huh.gif

Good job, I hope your various injuries are healing!
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Post Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:35 pm   
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oh the knee cruncher!!   i gotta get back up there when that darn head wall of snow is gone too.

good stuff
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Post Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:31 pm   
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My Baring pics: smile.gif






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Post Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:47 pm   
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Fun trip on a hot day.  You folks sure get out a lot.  It's fun to look at your trips and pics.

I think the "rocky things" in the Views From the Summit photo are Chimney Rock, Overcoat and the Lemah Group.  I labeled these formations in the View Southish photo.

edited to add Overcoat
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Post Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:53 pm   
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Way to get to the top!  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif   Nice photos--I especially like the shadow on Barclay shot!

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Post Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:09 pm   
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rockin!

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Post Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:31 pm   
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Great TR BC.  You guys are tearing it up this summer.

I really like this image of the two summits and the gully.

Ingunn wrote:
The more reports I read on Baring, the less I want to do it.

Ingunn, everyone can, and should do Baring once.  If you do it twice... confused.gif  shakehead.gif  dizzy.gif
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Post Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:06 pm   
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Bloat,

Great trip on one of the most recognizable peaks in the WA Cascades!

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Post Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:05 pm   
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You know, this is one of many peaks that has only a reference marker left on the summit and no benchmark.  Vesper Peak was another.  I like how you both take great photos but with completely different perspectives.  It's nice to see your trip report from two sets of eyes rather than just one!

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Post Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:10 pm   
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Bloated Chipmunk wrote:


After gaining ~ 1,700' in 0.4 mi.,  stun.gif  we finally reached the ridge. 

Uh... That would be over an 80% grade, which would make it steep 5th class dirt.  dizzy.gif

Though it certainly feels that steep!  embarassedlaugh.gif

MM - hope your shin has stopped bleeding. I feel lucky to have escaped that trail with no injuries.

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Post Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:19 pm   
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Bloated Chipmunk wrote:


After gaining ~ 1,700' in 0.4 mi.,  stun.gif  we finally reached the ridge. 

That be one steep boot path gaining at the rate of 4250ft/mile!

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Post Fri Sep 25, 2009 12:03 am   
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My GPS had poor reception and was wandering a lot in that area, so I don't have an accurate GPS route. The one below is redrawn. The distance stated is straight line distance. Sorry for the confusion. The trail twists and turns, but mostly it heads straight up, so maybe it's not that much longer. Does anyone know how long that part of the trail is? Here is a topo and a close up of the section in question.


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Post Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:49 am   
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Yana wrote:
Bloated Chipmunk wrote:


After gaining ~ 1,700' in 0.4 mi.,  stun.gif  we finally reached the ridge. 

Uh... That would be over an 80% grade, which would make it steep 5th class dirt.  dizzy.gif

OK, I'm confused.  I thought "grade" was measured relative to 100 percent which is gaining one mile vertically for every one mile in the horizontal direction.  So 100 percent grade is a 45 degree slope.  80 percent grade would be what, 36 or 38 degrees or so?  Definitely steep (most folks see a 45 degree slope and it looks near vertical to them), but I don't believe a slope of 38 degrees would actually be 5th class, just a steep ass slope.

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