del campo (6610')

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To begin the climb up Del Campo Peak, head north around the edge of Foggy Lake at the top of Gothic Basin. To get into the basin follow the Weden Creek Trail. After crossing an easy boulder field and rounding a small pond on a climbers path, you will begin to climb up the side of Del Campo. For the first 1/2 or 3/4 of a mile the trail follows easy paths through a vegetation filled hillside.

At the end of the first hill, climb through the boulder field to a small notch that will be obvious. From here I was able to locate a few cairns as a general guideline. These may not be reliable, but the notch will be easy to spot once onto the boulder field. Go 2/3 of the way up to the notch and go left to let the scrambling begin.

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From here the route has up Del Campo Peak has abundant cairns most years. Though they may have vanished if you go early in the year. On this occasion I had to find my own route to the summit and got into a couple of scary situations. By going too far to the right at one point, I got stuck on a small vertical section. While I managed it, on the way down I found the actual route and it is far easier.

There is a lot of loose rock up on the Del Campo Peak so a helmet advised. My only complaint is that the summit was swarming with bugs and I had forgotten my bug spray. Still, the view made me not care for at least a few minutes while I signed the register and took some pictures.

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I was happy that I chose to stay at Foggy Lake for the evening. While a strong climber can go from car to car in one day, Gothic Basin is worth the stay. The sunset is incredible and, on a hot day, a dip in Foggy Lake is the perfect finish to the climb.

For a few other great challenges in the area you can always check out Columbia, Silvertip, Cadet, or Kyes

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