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 Peak(s):  Lake Park Peak - 11,403 feet
South Tarryall Peak - 11,206 feet
 Post Date:  02/11/2013 Modified: 06/20/2013
 Date Climbed:   02/09/2013
 Posted By:  Brian Thomas
 Additional Members:   Waggs, globreal, DanR
 11/14ths Of The Effort, Twice The Fun   

Expanding the horizons and expanding the parameters
Expanding the rhymes of sucker MC amateurs


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"Lake Park Peak" - 11,403' - 02/09/2013

South Tarryall Peak - 11,206' - 02/10/2013



Route: Spruce Grove trailhead to Hankins Pass

This trip report documents part of the team and itinerary of the third annual Lost Creek Wilderness winter gathering.

Additional campers: Derek, Claybird, vonmackle
Trench poachers: jeremy27, Tempelton, rjennings

After last year's resoundingly successful gathering trip up Bison Peak, I asked Derek for suggestions for this year. Since he is working on completing the ranked summits of the Lost Creek Wilderness, and nearing that goal, he suggested an "orphan" peak on his list, the ranked but unofficially named "Lake Park Peak". This is probably the most love that orphan has ever received in a single weekend.

I drove down from Denver with DanR. Waggs and globreal (Britt) met us at the Spruce Grove trailhead for a leisurely start at 10:30 Saturday morning. Derek, Claybird, and vonmackle arrived just as we were about to hit the trail, but assured us to go ahead since we were pursuing different objectives for the day.

We were expecting much worse weather for the weekend than what we encountered, the forecast for the South Tarryall Peak area was calling for as much as 10 inches of new snow through Sunday. We prepared for the worst, but were blessed with the best.

All smiles as we depart from the trailhead:
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A dry start to the trip:
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Bluebird skies:
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First snow on the trail:
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Bison Peak in the distance:
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Sign at trail junction at Hankins Pass, sky looking ominous:
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We set up camp a few hundred feet south of the trail junction in a horse corral (replete with barbed wire) and an existing fire ring. There is abundant firewood to be found here. Derek, Claybird, and vonmackle soon arrived after us and set up camp. Their goal for the afternoon was to explore some nearby rock formations, as they were going for Lake Park Peak on Sunday.

At about 2:45 Britt, Dan, and myself headed up toward Lake Park Peak:
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photo credit Dan


Looking toward South Tarryall with clouds moving in over Hankins Pass:
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Britt and Dan taking it all in:
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Navigating deadfall and boulders:
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We arrived on the summit just before 5pm. The changing clouds and precipitation and dwindling sunlight made for a rather surreal experience.

False summit just east of true summit:
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photo credit Dan


The TR narrator stands atop Lake Park Peak:
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photo credit Dan


Scars of the Hayman fire still visible on South Tarryall Peak:
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Wish we had vonmackle and his mad photography skillz up here for this:
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photo credit Dan


Britt and Dan on the summit:
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The Catamount and Tarryall Peak:
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photo credit Dan


Silverheels in the distance:
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photo credit Dan


And Silverheels no longer visible five minutes later:
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photo credit Dan


Saturday was Derek's birthday, and I wanted us to celebrate appropriately. I pm'd all the other overnighters and insisted that they all pack in extra beer, as under no circumstances should the Birthday Boy have to carry his own beer in on his birthday. Some tequila was circulated around the fire ring and many Mountain House meals were enjoyed before bedtime.

Some of the goodies:
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photo credit Britt


We retired to our tents expecting all of the worst that Mr. Weatherman had promised for us, but other than cold temps and some gusting winds, awoke to nothing more than a dusting of new snow. I got up around 6:30 and within minutes had a fire stoked up into a roaring blaze to greet the other frozen campers. At a few minutes after 8, the South Tarryall team was off in a direct bushwack south from camp to the summit.

Steep terrain and several inches of sugar snow over deadfall made for an interesting ascent:
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photo credit Dan


Britt surveys the Sawatch from South Tarryall summit:
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photo credit Dan


Arm's length summit shot of the team:
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photo credit Britt


Looking north toward Saturday's summit:
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photo credit Dan


Spruce Grove trailhead and Park County Road 77 as seen from summit:
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photo credit Dan


The sugar snow cushioned our descent through the deadfall:
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photo credit Dan


Back at the OK Corral, Waggs and Dan in camp:
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photo credit Britt


The TR narrator breaking camp, note use of tarp roped to trees to turn 3-season tent into 4-season:
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photo credit Britt


Exit LCW:
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Star is camp, Lake Park Peak arrow at upper right:
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Thanks for reading...



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  • Comments or Questions
Jay521


Damn...     2013-02-11 21:06:27
I just KNEW I shoulda gone on this one.

Nice one, guys!


dillonsarnelli


the ”arm's length summit shot”     2013-02-11 21:14:37
THAT'S A KEEPER! haha, well done crew. Brian Thomas - where you at?


Tempelton


Nice     2013-02-11 21:39:45
Ha! Trench poachers? More like footstep followers. You need more snow to call it a trench. Nice report, South Tarryall looks cool.


DanR


A great weekend!     2013-02-11 21:46:53
'twas very kind of you to arrange such pleasant weather


RyGuy


Looks like fiun!     2014-05-09 06:30:31
Looks like it was a great trip! Congrats guys! Nice photography Brian!


jeremy27


Weather     2013-02-12 08:06:01
We had a slightly more blizzardly summit of LPP than your group. Nice trip. Thanks for the ”trench.”


Dancesatmoonrise


Very cool.     2013-02-12 09:14:16
What Jay said.


globreal


Nice report Brian.     2013-02-13 23:12:31
It was a fun winter camp & climb. Loved the evening campfire time!

But I was sure we were going to be holed up in our tents when the 1pm storm first hit with the wind and sideways snow! I thought we were done for....but no. 20 minutes later it fizzled out and off to climb a peak we went.

Thanks for writing this up. Good one. Thanks again for the invite.
Rob...thanks for the carpool and driving!
Derek, Dan, Clay, Cameron, nice meeting you guys.



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