Ascent of Camiaca Peak on 2021-07-23

Climber: Mat Kelliher

Others in Party:Alexander Smirnoff
Phil Bates
Amin Faraday
Catalina Cuellar
Tay Lee
Heidi Kim
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 23, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Camiaca Peak
    Elevation:11739 ft / 3578 m

Ascent Trip Report

***Private Outing***

This one nearly went as an official Sierra Club outing, but a change in co-leaders at the last minute forced it private. This was a seriously fun three day trip out of the Green Creek TH to climb Camiaca Pk, Twin Peaks, and Virginia Peak. We used Neal Robbins' 8-22-2020 track and trip report of his ascent of Twin Peaks and the Class 3 - 4 traverse of the the ridge between it and Virginia Pk for our trip. Neal's beta is spot on and got us up Twin Peaks and along the ridge; I couldn't add anything to his report that would make it more accurate, it's nearly step-by-step accurate. But I will add that this is one very exciting climb; expect some seriously steep Class 1-2 getting up from Virginia Pass to Camiaca Pk, Class 2-3 climbing up the chute to the Notch, kind of loose Class 2 and Class 3 getting from the Notch up to the Twin Peaks summit plateau, Sierra Class 3 and Class 4 along the ridge from the Notch towards Virginia Pk, complete with some breath taking exposure, and seriously great views into Yosemite. Virginia Peak is steep and Class 1-2.

We diverted from Neal's route in two ways: first by camping at a little lake close to the chute we took up to the Notch (see my tracks for details), and second: pretty steady, but not intense, rain on our descent from Virginia got us worried about wet and potentially slippery granite on the descent, so shortly after the rain began in earnest, we climbed back up to the top of the buttress that forms the southern wall of the chute we originally ascended to get up to the Notch, and dropped down into that chute to return to camp (see my tracks for Twin & Virginia for details).

See my trip report for Camiaca Pk for our track from Green Creek TH to camp (via Camiaca), and my trip reports for Twin and Virginia for out track to those peaks and back to camp.

Mileage and gain:
Day 1 - Green Creeks TH to Camiaca Pk to camp: About 8.0 miles with 4,100' gain -- about 9 hours
Day 2 - Camp to Twin Peaks to Virginia Peak to camp: About 5.0 miles with 3,500' gain -- about 10 hours
Day 3 - Camp to Green Creeks TH: About 6.6 miles with 425'gain, 2,900' loss -- 3 hours, 45 minutes.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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