Baneful Peak 5/28/2018
10 miles bike, 10 miles foot, and 10 miles out on bike. Bonus avalanche activity and alder rappeling!
|Bashful (left) and Baneful (right)|
|Bold peak peeking boldly. OK, kill me for that one.|
|Not too overgrown at all!|
From here, the indistinct trail got steeper and wetter, and I noticed some dangling fixed rope from years gone by. Finally, the trail narrowed to a nasty moss chute, and for once, I was thankful for the alder handholds.
|South slopes and west ridge|
At the first high point in the ridge, I got a good view of the summit and travel ahead. There was some exposure to be had, but it stayed below perilous levels. All the same, I tested most of the more suspect rocks before weighting them, as being alone this far into the CSP warrants caution.
|Exposed, but the wide angle makes it look worse than it is.|
Clouds, lots of clouds. They had been present all day, shrouding the summits of Bashful and Bold. Baneful was no different. Everywhere I looked was cloud or hazy visions of trees, snow, and water below. From time to time there were breaks in the clouds, and I did catch a glimpse or two of Baleful. It looked positively menacing!
|Summit socked in.|
|Only needed it a lil bit, and only then just to feel safer and keep hands out of snow.|
|It was warm!|
The views would have to wait.
Going back down through the alder trail, I had quite a lot of fun using the alders to rappel. This was probably the first time I had ever used this technique, and it worked awesomely. I also noticed, somewhat to my dismay, that the trail will indeed be quite overgrown in the coming weeks. There are Devil's Club plants all over it which have yet to grow leaves, although the thorns were still quite prickly...
|Raindrops are fallin on my... Helmet.|
|Sunshowers on East Fork.|
Pleasant, although my serious face says otherwise...
ROUTE STUFF -
ROUTE STUFF -
Easy until you get to Tulchina, then a moderate bushwack/navigation crux until you break out of treeline. From there, climb the south side of Baneful and trend left to reach the west ridge. There's some exposure once you gain the ridge, but the going stays scrambly.