2017/5/27 – Camels Hump / 駱駝峰

Summit ahead
Summit beyond the ridge line

Photos from this trip can be found here.

It had been a great summer with ever so gorgeous weather. I took a nice break from the blog and channelled my energy toward getting out as opposed to being in front of the computer writing and editing photos after every trip. With fall being just a few days away, I finally sat myself down, gathered my thoughts, and reminisced on many fun (and not-so-fun) and memorable moments over the last four months. Yellow lab and I continued our peakbagging journey while black lab enjoyed his weekend stay at dog boarding.

Inspired by a recent trip report to start my own big mountain climbing adventures. With no specific goals in mind, I decided to check out a couple of the second hundred highest peaks of Washington (T200) and see how I’d feel about them. We started off the season in one of my favorite places in the Cascades–Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness.

In search of access gully
In search of access gully

Photos from this trip can be found here.

We car camped Friday night by the trailhead, and started hiking before 7 the next morning. This was our second time in the Reynolds Creek Basin since the first visit in late summer 2011. Luckily, with early season snow coverage, we had no need to perform pole vaulting act in the forest, where massive down trees would normally be.

Snow appeared two miles up the trail yet comfortable enough to continue without snowshoes. We made good time getting from the creek into the basin by following the boot tracks courtesy of two climbers climbing Reynolds Peak. I put on snowshoes right before breaking out of the trees and continued on. Leftmost narrow gully at head of the basin provided direct access into upper basin and onto Camels Hump east ridge at 7100′. Traversing below the ridge on steep slopes, we arrived at the 7680′ shoulder and got our first glimpse of the peak on other end of the connecting ridge. True summit wasn’t yet visible from this angle.

Tony Basin
Tony Basin

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Precipitous north face and corniced ridge line forced us to traverse on the steep south side below the ridge crest on the Tony Basin side. Gentle terrain in the last 200′ to the top, so I left the snowshoes by a group of exposed rocks assuming it was the summit until we got on top. Too much hassle to get back down and grab the snowshoes, we slowly punched our way through the last 100′ to the summit.

Clear day with all-around views. Reynolds filled much of the northern view, its south face looked much less dire than the north. Oval Peak, part of the Wish Slam group, dominated the southeastern skyline. So many Washington’s highest peaks to be had yet so little time to savor it all.

 

Mount Gibbs
Mount Gibbs

 

Photos from this trip can be found here.

We took our time getting back down into Reynolds Creek Basin in the typical afternoon slush. And right before Reynolds Creek crossing in the forest we ran into a group of Mountaineers friends on their way to climbing Reynolds Peak. Campgrounds along Twisp River Road were still free, good thing because I didn’t have any cash on me. Pup and I crashed at the South Creek Campground for the night to plan out Sunday’s outing.

Access: Reynolds Creek Trail
Gear: helmet, snowshoes, ice axe


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