Ascent of Del Campo Peak on 2011-07-23

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Bob Bolton -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Duane Gilliland
Ken Russell
Greg Slayden -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, July 23, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Del Campo Peak
    Elevation:6610 ft / 2014 m

Ascent Trip Report

The weather was great and this was a good day in the mtns. We quickly followed the old gated road and found the signed turnoff for the trail. There were several fairly innocuous creek crossings. In time the trail got rougher and we started to run into snow at maybe 4000'. Late Spring. We followed this zigzagging and then finally just headed up. Soon we found a good gully path on the E slope. This was continous and fairly efficient and so rather than heading towards the lake and that riblet we just followed the gully all the way to the base of the summit block. All sorts of rocky snow-laden peaks were poking their heads out. From the summit block we got onto the rock and found perhaps the hardest scrambling at first as it was slightly tricky class 3 in spots. We headed obliquely up and then found a sort of bootpath that wound through easier terrain. Then through a tree on the left side that was harder than our descent route on heather ledges of sorts to the right. The moves never really became difficult but it was exposed and steep. In time we made the summit and relaxed. We got in a few glissades on the descent so that was great. Though I lost a pole section. We tried an alternate route on the descent and that was not as good as our ascent route. We ran into some sketchy thin snow and Bob punched through to his arms but he was OK. Then back on our tracks and the usual grunt to the carts. This is a nice scenic and spicy scramble. Recommended.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4370 ft / 1331 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:East Gully
    Trailhead:Barlow Pass  2340 ft / 713 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Pure Summer

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