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Ascent of Camiaca Peak on 2011-08-16

Climber: John Sarna

Others in Party:my wife April
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Camiaca Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11739 ft / 3578 m

Ascent Trip Report

So what do I do on my honeymoon -- get my wife up and out the door of our motel at 9 am to do a "nice" climb for the day. Unfortunately, I didn't see the significant drop in elevation when scanning the topo maps, so this turned into a very strenuous hike, taking 14 hours. We reached the summit of Camiaca after a long climb up a broken ridge from Summit Lake. Coming down from Camiaca further to the left, we moved a lot of scree and crossed couple of snow fields in gullies. My wife lost her footing on one and slid down, luckily slowly since the snow was relatively soft, to the rocks below. While coming down off the 11,111 pass in the dark, we lost the trail above Frog Lakes and, after convincing my wife not to bivouac (the mosquitos seemed to be swarming), we wandered around with flashlights on until I found it again. This is the reason I purchased a GPS (for future hikes).
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following the trail down along the stream feeding Summit Lake with Camiaca Peak in the distance; our route faces us (2011-08-16). Photo by John Sarna.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4139 ft / 1261 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4139 ft / 1261 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Grade/Class:3
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3039 ft / 926 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1939 ft / 591 m; Extra: 1100 ft / 335m
    Loss on way in:1100 ft / 335 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:trail to Summit Lake and up
    Start Trailhead:Virginia Lakes Campground/trailhead  9800 ft / 2987 m
    Time:8 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3039 ft / 926 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1939 ft / 591 m; Extra: 1100 ft / 335m
    Gain on way out:1100 ft / 335 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    End Trailhead:9800 ft / 2987 m
    Time:6 Hours 



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