New summit #26 – Del Campo

On Saturday, Boglarka and I took mountain bikes to Barlow Pass for a super fun adventure on Del Campo Peak. We left the TH at 8 a.m. in the company of a group of Mountaineers, but soon left them in our dust. (They didn’t have the foresight to bring bikes.)

In no time, we were hiking up the trail, which is true to its mining roots. (That means it goes straight up!) We were somewhat surprised to find Foggy Lake still frozen. No swimming for us… No matter, we had a mountain to climb!

Our route was pretty straight forward. Skirt the lake, ascend the ridge, then the permanent snowfield to an obvious notch between the peak and the south buttress. (It really is obvious.) Scramble up to the left of the notch to the skyline, then turn left and continue up to the summit.

And that’s what we did!

We waited for the group of Mountaineers to show up, hoping to descend while they were hanging on the summit. They were more than an hour behind us, so we had plenty of time to relax and enjoy our summit treats – fresh oranges and Milka chocolat. Yum!

Once the Mounties arrived, we hot-footed it back to the bikes and gloated as we road past all the suckers walking the 1.8 miles of road back to the cars. A most excellent day!

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