Ascent of Del Campo Peak on 2018-07-04

Climber: Patty Cokus

Others in Party:Sean Albert -- Trip Report or GPS Track
(The Dog) Ava
Date:Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Del Campo Peak
    Elevation:6610 ft / 2014 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took awhile to find something neither Sean nor I have done that would also be dog friendly and a one day trip... Del Camp fit and we always have talked about doing more off the Mountain Loop Highway. With both of us a bit tired from the weekend we woke at 5 but weren’t super motivated. Discussed other options...then decided we had already packed and that we should just go do it. It ended up being a really nice day Nice day with lots of fireworks all over on the drive crazy drivers...

Parked at the Barlow Pass small parking lot and started down Monte Cristo road for about 3/4 mile to the well signed trail marker for Gothic basin (about 8:30am) and signed in with a fancy new metal type register. Realized I left the water filter in the car and we decided a liter each would be ok...probably thirsty but ok. Found snow maybe around 4K on the trail in spots and became consistent around what seemed to be the ponds referred to in reports. We passed a few folks who were turning around and were first to Foggy lake this day (older prints were visible). Lake was still frozen with some melt around the edges. Always nice to feel like no one else is around in such a beautiful area. I used aluminum crampons to mostly not slip as much and not waste energy but snow was pretty soft. Clouds were blowing in so our clearer blue skies had left us. Made our way easily up to the gully/notch. No moat issues at this time. Sean headed up into rock/sand in the gully with Ava while I scrambled up to the summit. Great blocky 3rd class terrain with easy route finding up and around the corner and to the top. Some pretty good sized trees along the way. Around 12:39pm I found the old metal canister which I had to kick with my foot to open, signed the register and then back down. Still weird for me to scramble something like this alone so I took my time and mostly face in down climbed. I did send one rock down that went to the snow so I was glad Sean and Ava were up higher in the gully. I took my turn waiting with Ava and got her propped on my pack and cozy in her puffy and we shared apple slices and snap peas until Sean returned so no whining on my watch. Sean left his pack so was a bit quicker, then down the snow which even with crampons was soft enough but not too soft so standing glissando skate type moves were pretty fun. We saw a larger group with a dog taking a break before heading up and they asked how the dog did so we described waiting in the gully. Probably better to not have 10 people in the summit block together anyways. Saw another group on a high bump overlooking the lake who must have had a hound dog as it started barking at Ava. Passed quite a few parties on our way down including a Shepard type dog with quite a bloody mouth. We saw the blood drips on trail pretty much all the way back...poor puppy. Back at the cars by 4pm. And my feet even felt fairly good after 12 miles all in boots!

Lots of fireworks going off while on the drive home...even by the gas station!

Back home and a bath for Ava and our stuff as you are supposed to wash the possible arsenic off that is leftover from the mining days. Nice dinner and fireworks watching from the deck Sean finished last summer ;-)

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