Sunday, February 6, 2011
We foolishly hauled snowshoes up, not needing them, and failed to bring our ice axes which we left in the car. The surface was icy. Casey and I used Yak Trax (cables that string around the shoe), which barely did the trick. Just about everybody else going up and honest-to-goodness crampons and ice axes. We were unable to make some more vertical ascents because we didn't have our gear with us. Coming down the snow got slushy and we could have used the snowshoes we were carrying but we gutted ahead with boot glissades.
The temps were pretty cold at the top and the wind furious. Baldy is southern California's third highest peak.