Ascent of Sopwith Camel Mountain on 2020-03-12
|Others in Party:||Albert S|
Stephen & Kelly D.
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Thursday, March 12, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Sopwith Camel Mountain|
| Elevation:||5040 ft / 1536 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe trip was posted as Sopwith Camel but we were hoping to tag Lux and Lumiere Ridge as well. Unfortunately we were able to tag Sopwith Camel only.
Andy Boos helped shuttle us as we couldn't reach the Tunnel Creek TH due to the snow berm blocking FS 6095 to the TH. The parking area on Hwy 2 was for emergency vehicles only.
After making the summit of Sopwith Camel in about 2.5 hrs (3.6 mi/2718' gain) we headed towards Lumiere Ridge, but it was slow going due to the deep, heavy snow. It didn't help my phone battery died quickly. We got off route for a while I think partly because we were so engrossed with the views while on the ridge. Too many cornices on the ridge to Lumiere's summit and the lack of time had us bailing.
Instead of returning the way we came, we thought it would be easier to drop down to Lake Susan Jane, PCT and the road to the Stevens Pass Nordic Center where Andy Boos picked us up. Dinner at Whistle Stop in Skykomish topped it off.
It was a long, but good day with good group. Track is only 1 way.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2718 ft / 828 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Snowshoes|
| Gain on way in:||2718 ft / 828 m|
| Distance:||3.6 mi / 5.8 km|
| Start Trailhead:||2322 ft / 707 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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