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Fun (and tiring) hike of Kelso Ridge yesterday with Lee (mountainlight241). We met at the Bakersfield parking lot at 6am and headed up on skis. We were well equipped with the standard stuff (BSP, crampons, ice ax) and decided to skin up to the hut at the start of the ridge and dump our skis there and just hike it since snow conditions were questionable and we really just wanted to 'hike' the ridge.
view of Kelso
Lee at first hard move to gain ridge
at the crux of the ridge
Lee at summit
cornicing on main route
...and done! back at summer TH. just a 20 min ski to car.
This hike was a little harder than I anticipated. Next time I won't be boozing the night before, sleeping for two hours, and coming off a hard week of marathon training. It took 10hrs car to car from winter TH. good times.
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