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PostMon Oct 21, 2013 7:52 am 
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We started in the Rocky Run drainage and hike up to Lake Lillian.  Kevin got stung by a bee.  There's a ground-nest in the trail, between the first and second junction.  Beware!  They are apt to swarm if you linger near the hive entrance.

Lake Lillian
Lake Lillian
Lake Lillian
Lake Lillian
high on Rampart
high on Rampart
Rampart Lakes and Alta
Rampart Lakes and Alta
near the summit
near the summit
Rampart summit block
Rampart summit block
scrambling
scrambling
exposure
exposure
scrambling
scrambling
Rampart summit rock
Rampart summit rock
summit panorama
summit panorama

We scrambled over the slabs to reach the east shore and then followed the trail up and out of the lake cirque.  We encountered snow on the other side of the ridge.  The true summit of Rampart ridge was a little scrambley with class 3 and 4 options, but it is short.  We descended back to the gap above Lake Lillian, passing a few small lakes along the way.

small lake
small lake
small lake
small lake
Lake Lillian and Dungeon Peak
Lake Lillian and Dungeon Peak
SE Rampart north ridge
SE Rampart north ridge
narrow ridge
narrow ridge
SE Rampart
SE Rampart
SE Rampart summit
SE Rampart summit
SE Rampart summit
SE Rampart summit
Hibox
Hibox
descending the north ridge
descending the north ridge

From the gap we continued south along a narrow exposed ridge to the summit of SE Rampart 5606'.  I had to crawl like a baby a few times to navigate small trees and low branches.  We retraced our steps back to the gap and then descended back to Lake Lillian.

Lake Lillian
Lake Lillian
floating fisherman
floating fisherman
floating fisherman zoom
floating fisherman zoom
ascending Dungeon Peak
ascending Dungeon Peak
Rampart Ridge southwest face
Rampart Ridge southwest face
Thomson south face
Thomson south face

This time we navigated around the west side of the lake to reach the inlet drainage.  We hiked up to the pass between Gold Lake and Lake Lillian.  A few spots were tricky, especially mossy slabs.  From the pass we turned south and hiked up through snow to the summit of Dungeon Peak 5640'.

ascending Dungeon Peak
ascending Dungeon Peak
Dungeon Peak summit
Dungeon Peak summit
Dungeon Peak summit
Dungeon Peak summit
tricky moss slabs
tricky moss slabs
overlooking Lake Laura
overlooking Lake Laura
Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes
Dunegon, Rampart, SE Rampart seen from Margaret
Dunegon, Rampart, SE Rampart seen from Margaret
Chikamin, Lemah, Chimney Rock, Summit Chief
Chikamin, Lemah, Chimney Rock, Summit Chief

From The Dungeon we returned to Lake Lillian for the third time and the followed the trail over to Twin Lakes and Mount Margaret.  We were all feeling tired now (ok maybe not Kevin since he's an ultra-runner).  Mount Margaret was our least favorite peak out of the 4, but it was rewarding to have a view of the other three peaks.

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PostMon Oct 21, 2013 10:33 am 
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PostMon Oct 21, 2013 10:47 am 
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Cool,  I was up on Rampart Ridge on Saturday....

Here is a close up of the wasp nest.


The nest location was right in the middle of the trail.  It was marked well with red plastic ribbon around the surrounding trees.  When we came down I noticed someone had pulled the primary warning ribbon off the first tree and threw it in the bush.  Did my best tie it back on.  Why would someone pull it down?

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PostMon Oct 21, 2013 11:07 am 
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Thanks for the photo of the nest.  That's an amazing shot.  How did you take it without getting stung?  For that part of our descent, we bushwacked off-trail well away from the nest.

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PostMon Oct 21, 2013 11:12 am 
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DarkHelmet wrote:

eek.gif  Man, those guys are ready to pounce.  That's a brave shot there.  Well done for the team!  Thanks for trying to re-flag the varmints DarkHelmet

And speaking of team, that's a great team you assembled for the hike, Gimpilator.  You all managed to cover a lot of ground and maximize the day.  Nice work, all.   ~z
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PostMon Oct 21, 2013 11:15 am 
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Honestly I have never been stung without provocation.  Wasps/bees don't bother me.  I just walked up calmly and took the photo.  I cropped it a bit, here is the uncropped version.


I love the detail from my camera (Sony RX100 m2), I have only had it a couple weeks but I am really impressed with the detail available.


Photos from my hike can be viewed here:

http://www.meetup.com/ePeaks/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=18033632

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PostMon Oct 21, 2013 11:27 am 
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wow, nice grand day of the whole ridge!  Fun stuff.

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