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jeffp
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PostTue Sep 16, 2008 12:16 am 
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I took advantage of Sunday's great weather by crossing this scramble off my todo list. I basically followed the route in "75 Scrambles in Washington" to the T with no problems what-so-ever, so I'll let my pictures do most of the talking. There is a lingering snow bridge on the Gothic Basin trail (pictured below) that needs to be scrambled around, but heavy boot traffic has left the route pretty clear. I ran into 3 backpacking parties on the way out of the Gothic Basin, but it was otherwise pretty empty, despite the good weather and very few bugs.

One other pair scrambled Del Campo just after I summitted. Luckily they were the only ones because I neglected to bring a helmet and loose rock on the final summit scramble is a serious hazard (a decision made since I was going solo, but a poor one in retrospect). Even stepping very gingerly, I managed to loose 1 or 2 large pebbles that tumbled all the way down; it doesn't help that the face terminates in a cliff. I ended up waiting for the pair to make it all the way down before down climbing myself.

Anyways, the trip was otherwise uneventful and full of great views. Pictures:

Around 9 AM on the Gothic Basin Trail
Around 9 AM on the Gothic Basin Trail
Minor snow obstacle remains on the Gothic Basin trail
Minor snow obstacle remains on the Gothic Basin trail
The snow cave under the aforementioned obstacle
The snow cave under the aforementioned obstacle
Flower
Flower
Flowers
Flowers
More flowers
More flowers
Even more flowers
Even more flowers
Fall colors and Del Campo by Foggy Lake
Fall colors and Del Campo by Foggy Lake
Del Campo and Foggy Lake
Del Campo and Foggy Lake
Gothic, Del Campo, and Foggy
Gothic, Del Campo, and Foggy
Just off the climber's trail. The route follows the boulders until the top right of the snow field, then follows ledges to the right,  and turning back to the left near the notch.
Just off the climber's trail. The route follows the boulders until the top right of the snow field, then follows ledges to the right,  and turning back to the left near the notch.
Final summit approach near the notch.
Final summit approach near the notch.
Foggy from the summit
Foggy from the summit
Obligatory 360 summit pano
Obligatory 360 summit pano
Downclimbing.
Downclimbing.
Fall colors and Foggy
Fall colors and Foggy
More fall colors and Foggy
More fall colors and Foggy
Red
Red
Red and blue
Red and blue
Red and blue again
Red and blue again
Fall colors departing Del Campo
Fall colors departing Del Campo
Froggy in Foggy
Froggy in Foggy
Small waterfall on the Gothic Basin trail
Small waterfall on the Gothic Basin trail
Cascades
Cascades

More to come: http://picasaweb.google.com/jeffrey.a.pang/DelCampoPeak2008

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PostTue Sep 16, 2008 12:29 am 
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Gorgeous pictures!  Thanks for the TR.  Class 3?
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PostTue Sep 16, 2008 12:36 am 
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Great color in those pics! up.gif up.gif

BTW - Welcome to the site! agree.gif

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PostTue Sep 16, 2008 12:36 am 
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I would say "class 3 with more exposure than average" on the final summit approach. Despite the loose rock, there are great hand holds, but it is a little scary considering the cliff at the bottom. smile.gif

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PostTue Sep 16, 2008 12:40 am 
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WOW! Foggy Lake has finally melted!!

Beautiful pics
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PostTue Sep 16, 2008 3:22 am 
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JeffP,

Do you know what your round trip time was?  Del Campo is on my list but I am old and not so studly as many so that hike up into Gothic is a serious piece of approach work for old codgers like me.

PS: Right around the corner from Foggy at a creek outlet is a very scary mine tunnel...not a shaft, they go down...this is a tunnel or "drift."  Pretty cool.


Thanks for the report.  My spiritual aorta, the South Fork Stilly River, begins in that cirque on the back of Del Campo.

Tom
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PostTue Sep 16, 2008 8:38 am 
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Great pics!  You've got a good eye (and, apparently, a good lens).  Classic scramble.  Gothic Basin is a lovely place.  Thanks for posting.

Magellan, it's class 3, exposed in places.  Some of hand holds are friable: a failed hand hold resulted in a woman falling to her death on a Mountaineers scramble group several years ago.
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PostTue Sep 16, 2008 8:59 am 
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tmatlack wrote:
JeffP,
Do you know what your round trip time was?  Del Campo is on my list but I am old and not so studly as many so that hike up into Gothic is a serious piece of approach work for old codgers like me.
Tom

I got to Foggy Lake in about 4 hours and reached the summit in another 1.5 after stopping for lunch at Foggy. I stayed on the summit for more than an hour. The down climb back to Foggy took almost as long as the ascent due to the steepness of the scramble, but the hike out from Gothic Basin took about 3 hours. I would say I was moving at a reasonable pace, but I also stopped for photos fairly often, sometimes breaking out my mini-tripod.

Thanks for the tip about the mines. I kept an eye out for them but didn't know their locations.

Jeff

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PostTue Sep 16, 2008 5:27 pm 
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Thanks for the report - keep posting more of them!

There have been  number of great trip reports for Del Campo lately - however I think this one has finally tipped the balance & I'm officially adding it to my 'list'

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PostTue Sep 16, 2008 7:34 pm 
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Your photos are beautiful, full of color and sharp.  Thanks for the report!
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PostTue Sep 16, 2008 8:25 pm 
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Yep, now added to our "list" as well.  Any fish in Foggy Lake?

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PostTue Sep 16, 2008 9:28 pm 
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For others that might do Del Campo.
If you get into class3+ on the rocks, traverse to your left
If you keep left then you will find easier going
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PostTue Sep 16, 2008 10:25 pm 
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Nice photos of the lake and colors.

I've added it to my list also.

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PostWed Sep 17, 2008 3:57 pm 
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Schmidt Alti-Dude wrote:
Yep, now added to our "list" as well.  Any fish in Foggy Lake?

embarassedlaugh.gif  embarassedlaugh.gif Dude, while we haven't been to Del Campo, we have been to Foggy Lake.  You didn't have any luck fishing there, remember?  hockeygrin.gif  doh.gif

I love the fall colors in the "red and blue" pictures.  I'd definitely visit this area again.   up.gif
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PostWed Sep 17, 2008 4:10 pm 
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Schmidt Alti-Babe wrote:
Schmidt Alti-Dude wrote:
Yep, now added to our "list" as well.  Any fish in Foggy Lake?

embarassedlaugh.gif  embarassedlaugh.gif Dude, while we haven't been to Del Campo, we have been to Foggy Lake.  You didn't have any luck fishing there, remember?  hockeygrin.gif  doh.gif

that's funny, babe!  i guess that's what a wife is supposed to do-remembering stuff like, foggy lake has been fished by dude!

oh, jeffp, great TR and photos.  so vivid!!

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