Ascent of Camels Hump on 2010-01-31

Climber: Matthew Martinez

Others in Party:Jerry Meitz III
Date:Sunday, January 31, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Camels Hump
    Elevation:4080 ft / 1243 m

Ascent Trip Report

We rolled up to the winter parking area around 12:15 and started walking at about 12:30 (pm). The weather was beautiful when we started; one of the warmer days that week with a high of like 20.

We started down the trail, but grew tired of the easy stuff and decided to do some off-roading after a sharp left in the trail. We could see some big rock faces with sheets of ice spilling over them as we made our way straight up the side of the mountain toward what we hoped was the summit. It was a steep climb and the snow was very deep, but we made it to a point where we could see the summit was still some ways away and we decided to get back on the trail.

We twisted and turned around and over rocks and slogged our way through knee- and waist-deep snow, heading in the general direction of the summit and where we figured the trail we had forsaken earlier must have been going. Very quickly we happened upon the Alpine Trail and followed that to the Monroe Trail. Once there, the route to the summit was clear and fairly easy.

We got to the summit around 3:45 and the weather had definitely taken a turn for the worse. Visibilty was very low, the wind was whipping across the peak and temperatures were much lower than they had been earlier. After posing for the traditional pictures and officially bagging the peak, we headed back down the way we had come.

As we left the summit, it started to snow. The serenity of the forest that late in the day coupled with the fresh and falling snow was breathtakingly beautiful. Staying on the trail the entire way down, we jogged back to the parking area just as the dark started to set in, happy to have made it back so soon despite our late start.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Windy, White-out

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