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Ascent of Graham Peak on 2015-10-25

Climber: Dustin Erickson

Date:Sunday, October 25, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Graham Peak
    Location:USA-Utah
    Elevation:7563 ft / 2305 m

Ascent Trip Report

Somehow got the Subaru to the end of a road. Looks like the north fork Cambell road is washed out a half mile or so from the end. We went south as far as it went and then summited from that branch by winding through the cliffs, there is at least one way though the footing isn't the best. We descended the Northwest ridge to a small saddle and then south to the drainage just north of the mine on the topo. While descending we noticed a cave on the north face of the ridge south of us and once at the streambed we re ascended 200-300 vertical upstream to it and found a lot of bones inside including many from at least 2 different species stuck in the wall and and roof of a small chamber to near the ground. A jawbone was even covered in a thin layer of flowstone that had appeared in the center of the shallow cave. I took a couple bones and am going to contact a paleontologist at the U of U, maybe they can send an undergrad out to check it out or something as the flowstone means this could be fairly old and resulting from a partial cave collapse. It is high enough to have been above Lake Bonneville shoreline levels. I will post back if something comes of this. Great views from this peak though. Such solitude.
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