BCP442 Mount Baldy
N51 00.730’ W115 02.957’
Van der Decken and I met up in Cochrane about 6:30AM and headed out to climb Mt Baldy (after a short stop at MacDonald’s for my caffeine fix of course). We were presented with an absolutely beautiful day, reasonably cool and still, although there was some haze in the air. The pace to the top was steady with a short stop for vdD to pick up DanOCan’s “Disappointment cache”. Once we were out of the trees the trekking poles were collapsed and put away and we began the “climbing” part. Van der Decken proved to be rather fearless as he scampered over the parts of the climb that get my heart beating quickly; he must have some Iroquois blood in his veins (those steelworker guys that built the early skyscrapers in New York).
After dealing with the scary bits, we continued up the slabs and scree to the top of the mountain and the cap. There once was three caps up here, but one has been removed by parties unknown (our original target), leaving two, one of aluminum and one of brass. Our new target was made of brass in a limestone pavement located in a small saddle on the summit ridge. We took our cap photos and continued along the summit ridge, descending slightly to a small level plateau to enjoy the views and a well earned lunch.
To get down the mountain we first reversed our ascent route until we got to the saddle just above the Gendarme and then turned south using the gully that descends to the valley between Mount Baldy and Baldy South. Although, not the best scree run in the area, it still is fun and makes for a quicker and easier way to get back to the parking area.
I never get tired of climbing this mountain; it is challenging enough to give you a great feeling of accomplishment when you reach the summit without taking a huge amount of time and all the while surrounded by such spectacular views. Thanks for posting this cap ofth; it provided us a terrific day in the mountains (and introduced vdD to scree running).
The cap numbers are hidden by some Mountain Cinqfoil.