This post is titled BIG BALDY OR BUST.
Well technically, it was a bust. It was not a bust because the hike was not amazing, or because it did not have amazing views, or because it was the most challenging hike I have ever done.
It was a bust because I did not make it the entire way.
The summit of Big Baldy is at 8,500 feet. I made it to 8,200 before conditions warranted that I stop the ascent. When I came to a junction of two paths (shown in photo at right), I had just crossed the snowline. As a result, it created 3 conditions that I did not feel safe dealing with.
The 3 conditions that led to my decision to stop short of the summer were: the snow cover prevented me from seeing the trail to follow, I kept sinking up to my knees in the snow, and when I was not sinking in the snow, I was slipping ON it.
The photo at left with notations helps give some insight into the scale of climbing Big Baldy versus the towering height of Mt. Timpanogas. I have also note the location of Robert's Horn, which a close up shot is shown above as taken while at 8,200 feet on Big Baldy. It's is startling to difference in perspective I have gained when looking at this shot versus what is what like to look at it from the heights of Big Baldy. It looks so different. For instance, Mt. Timp looks HUGE in this photo (because it is), but not so much in the photo below taken while on Big Baldy.
I have to admit, the ascent was the hardest I have done. I was tired at the top, however, if the conditions were better, I am certain I would have finished the trek. Nonetheless, I was happy to develop a video message out of the situation, at it is found below.
I was able to make some nice pictures during the hike today. One of my faves is immediately below. It shows a huge cliff that I noticed on the way up, but on the way down, I noticed that there was a trail that leads you to the cliff. I took the pic below showing 2 guys who had just walked the trail that overlooks Utah Valley. Unfortunately, my leg were shot and I decided that I would climb that trail another day. Below this shot are a few pics of the trail that leads to this cliff. The 3rd pic shows the cliffs from the bottom of the trail.
Speaking of the cliffs, there was a young boy learning how to rock climb on them. I stopped and watched him for a while and it was heart warming to see him grow in confidence as he climbed higher and higher. His dad was on belay and there were two other men then coaching him as he climbed.