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 Peak(s):  "T 0"  -  13,735 feet
Campbell Pk  -  13,213 feet
 Post Date:  08/02/2012
 Date Climbed:   08/01/2012
 Posted By:  Furthermore

 Heart of the Sneffels Range.    


"T 0" 13,735
Campbell Peak 13,213 (Unranked)



August 1, 2012
~10.2 Miles, ~4,900 Gain
TH: Mill Creek TH (Same as for Dallas)


Monsoon season and a 4:00 PM roll call at work in Durango limited my options for 13ers but “T 0” was a perfect orphaned candidate. This would also be my third attempt at “T 0.” I drove from Denver to the Mill Creek Trailhead where I slept in my car and woke up at 3:50 AM and was hiking up the Deep Creek Trail by 4:10 AM.

The junction for the Last Dollar Road Trail came quickly and I started up the switchbacks working my way towards the Sneffels Highline trail junction. Due to the dousing of rain overnight, things were very wet. I started up the Sneffels Highline trail and followed it up a few switchbacks before I left the trail and started hiking north directly up grassy slopes.

Moonset.
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By hiking directly north, I reached a minor ridge off of Point 12,853 which I followed until I figured out the ridge directly towards “T 0” wasn't going to work. From the south-southeast ridge of 12,853, I traversed into the talus basin directly south of “West Dallas” and hiked up the basin. Between 12,400-12,600 there was some hellacious scree.

Talus basin south of “West Dallas”
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Sunrise over Dallas.
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The short hellacious scree section.
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Working my way up scree I intercepted the south ridge spur off the east ridge of “T 0.” There were some minor cliff bands that I had to bypass, up some gullies to the east of the ridge crest. The rock quality was somewhat questionable but manageable as I regained the ridge (class 2+). Once on the east ridge of “T 0,” it was a more enjoyable class 2 talus hike to the summit where I arrived at 7:20 AM.

The south ridge spur of the east ridge on “T 0”
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Silhouette of Dallas.
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East ridge of “T 0”
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Route up the south spur.
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Looking down the gullies.
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Morning light over the western Sneffels range.
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Final ridge to “T 0”
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The Wilson group from the summit of “T 0.”
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Excellent views of the Wilson and Sneffels. I wasn't too excited about descending my ascent route so I decided to add Campbell Peak and explore a different basin. From the summit of “T 0,” I descended the class 2 southwest ridge to the Campbell-”T 0” saddle. I ditched my pack and made the quick side trip to Campbell and then returned to my pack. Descending directly off of the Campbell-”T 0” saddle didn't look the best due to steep loose talus, so I angled north and then down towards the basin that feeds Eider Creek.

Campbell from the Campbell-”T 0” saddle
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“T 0” and its southwest ridge from Campbell.
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“T 0” from the basin that feeds Eider Creek.
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After descending about 400 vertical feet it was just a talus hop back to treeline and once back at treeline, I traversed east at ~11,400 until I re-intercepted the Sneffels Highline trail. To my surprise, I found an old trail which led the way. Travel was quick once I was back on the trail and I returned back to my car at 9:40 AM. Plenty of time to drive to Durango and even take a nap before work.

San Juan Hoodoos.
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Neat area near the Sneffels Highline trail.
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Hoodoo from the Sneffels Highline trail.
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Route map.
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  • Comments or Questions (2)
mountainmicah83


17     2012-08-02 23:39:32
Photo 17 looks like a painting. Thanks for posting this.


PKelley


Nice photos     2012-08-05 23:09:52
#10 and #17 are tip top!



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