Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dromedary Peak Attempt


Our destination was to climb Dromedary Peak via the Broads Fork trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Dromedary is a towering peak that’s sits high above a boulder field basin close to Sunrise and Twin Peaks. With a modest 7.5 mile (r.t) hike, the mileage itself doesn’t seem to daunting but the trail is challenging and is not for the faint of heart.

 
The majority of the trail is easy to follow and well-marked until you reach the boulder field. Climbing up through the boulder field involves a lot of scrambling, exposed terrain, steep slopes and basic climbing moves to get to the desired top.

 Fall colors trying to hang on.
 
The day started out cool and refreshing, fall was still lingering in the air - a perfect day for hiking. Heinz and I had no trouble making our way to the base of Dromedary Peak it was finding a route to the top that became an issue.

Scrambling up to the saddle with Sunrise Peak in the distance.
 
 
From the faint saddle, overlooking into the Lake Blanche side of the ridge, we decided on traversing underneath the jagged cliffs in order to find a safe route to the top.
 
 
Looking into Lake Blanche Fork.
 
An awesome rainbow rock. All natur-AL.
 
As we reached the Little Cottonwood ridge, we could see a potential route to the top but we had one problem, it started to snow. With visibility getting scarce and the jagged cliffs we were climbing becoming slick, we made the decision to turn around and head back down.
 
We were only 200 feet from the top and yet we turned back. It was hard to do that knowing we were so close to the top, but we knew we had a long ways to go to get to the trail and if the snow kept up, we might have been in trouble.

On the Cottonwood ridge, just 200 ft or so away from the top.
 
We didn’t feel like it was a total loss because it was still a challenging hike and we were out exploring new territory. Sometimes it takes more than one try to get to the top. Next time Dromedary, next time.

Until next time,
Happy Trekkin’.