| This mountain might not always be there!
TH:south parking at Clinton Reservoir, 11100', 7:05am
Carbonate Hill, 12060', 7:55am
Little Bartlett Mountain, 12935', 8:45am
Bartlett Mountain, 13400', 9:35am
I was planning to try Bartlett in spring, but when the Jamies and Mike had a successful outing, I decided to try to get an extra scramble out of the mild fall. Thanks to Jamie for conditions info, which allowed me to leave axe and snowshoes home, and to their group for the nice track to follow!
Carbonate Hill with Jacque Pk in background
From the parking area I headed directly up the slope through the trees, soon hitting the broken trail. I followed this up to the flats and then to the non-descript summit of Carbonate Hill, more a slope than a hill. I contoured right around Little Bartlett and then proceeded directly up the slope to the summit. The rock is loose, and this would be dangerous if it were just a little steeper.
Little Bart's summit, Bartlett in back
Little Bart's summit cairn is huge, more like a small room. I descended to the saddle, then generally worked my way up the ridge to Bartlett's summit area. Staying on the ridge, I made a steep step up to the false summit, a little knife-edge. The true summit, which to me looks like an origami bird, was not far off.
The false knife-edge summit is at left, the true summit at right
I carefully straddled the knife-edge - it is thin enough that a drop onto it might have serious consequences! I continued to its far edge, then carefully downclimbed the other side to reach the notch between the two summits. From the notch, I passed left around the true summit block and was surprised to see that the summit was just a few steps up!
Looking back at the knife-edge summit from below the true summit
Just a few exposed steps to the top!
I climbed up and patted the top. I was unable to sign the register, as it apparently is now located in Jamie's apartment. Now the question was how to descend. The steep loose gully that other people have used to ascend looked reasonable, so I decided against reversing the knife-edge route.
Looking down on the blade-like summit rock
On the descent, I passed between the summit tower and the crescent-shaped boulder that juts to the right.
I swatted off a few loose rocks, and after a couple careful moves, I was in the clear! I imagine this route will continue to improve with traffic. The descent was uneventful - I saw a coyote running across the flats and followed the Jamies' track back to the car.
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