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La Campana/ N ridge/ short-cut to Dromedaries/ Colorado Pk 9,050' Jan12/20

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La Campana/ N ridge/ short-cut to Dromedaries/ Colorado Pk 9,050' Jan12/20

Credit:  Nearly all these pictures were taken by fellow-hiker Janosh, who has recently joined our group, bringing with him not only fleet feet, but an enthusiasm for recording our exploits.

Jan 16, 2020
Credit:  Nearly all these pictures were taken by fellow-hiker Janosh, who has recently joined our group, bringing with him not only fleet feet, but an enthusiasm for recording our exploits.
On the regular trail

Leaving the village of La Campana with a complement of 20 hikers, we split into two groups.  Picture:  The alpha group heading up the North slope to a high N-S ridge.  Yes it is winter season, but how bare and denuded of vegetation this particular approach has become over the last decade!

Jan 16, 2020
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On the regular trail Capture Date: Jan 16, 2020 01:11 PM
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Leaving the village of La Campana with a complement of 20 hikers, we split into two groups. 
Picture:  The alpha group heading up the North slope to a high N-S ridge. 
Yes it is winter season, but how bare and denuded of vegetation this particular approach has become over the last decade!
Looking East from ~7,800'

Janosh, a professional photographer, captured this scene from ca.7,800' looking  E-NEOn the short-cut to the dromedaries - en el atajo a los dromedarios.

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Looking East from ~7,800' Capture Date: Jan 16, 2020 01:12 PM
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Janosh, a professional photographer, captured this scene from ca.7,800' looking  E-NE
On the short-cut to the dromedaries - en el atajo a los dromedarios.
Starting up the Long Hill

The Long Hill - La Larga Colina.  About 700' of vertical, it's a daunting slog.  Once you conquer this one, from the top it is an easy 1/2 hr hike to Colorado Pk @ 9,045' - and an early lunch at 10:45 am.

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Starting up the Long Hill Capture Date: Jan 16, 2020 01:12 PM
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The Long Hill - La Larga Colina.  About 700' of vertical, it's a daunting slog. 
Once you conquer this one,
from the top it is an easy 1/2 hr hike to Colorado Pk @ 9,045'
- and an early lunch at 10:45 am.
Down The Long Hill

What goes up must come down - the Long Hill again.  Following behind the far distant speck of white, is a hiker in pain (nameless of course), having just discovered his knees.  The white speck is Bill, compassionate of soul, who will often volunteer to take on the task of sweep and ensure everyone makes it back.  Bill does not have one blot on his record in all these years of hiking.  Let me tell you, there is often a grateful someone who wants to buy him a beer when we eventually get back to the tienda at the end of the day!

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Down The Long Hill Capture Date: Jan 16, 2020 01:13 PM
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What goes up must come down - the Long Hill again. 
Following behind the far distant speck of white, is a hiker in pain (nameless of course), having just discovered his knees. 
The white speck is Bill, compassionate of soul, who will often volunteer to take on the task of sweep
and ensure everyone makes it back. 

Bill does not have one blot on his record in all these years of hiking. 
Let me tell you, there is often a grateful someone who wants to buy him a beer
when we eventually get back to the tienda at the end of the day!
Below Dromedary Turn-off to #51

Waiting to gather the group together, before turning off the regular ridge trail below the Dromedaries (a series of camel humps) and on to a newer short-cut.

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Below Dromedary Turn-off to #51 Capture Date: Jan 16, 2020 01:13 PM
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Waiting to gather the group together, before turning off the regular ridge trail
below the Dromedaries (a series of camel humps) and on to a newer short-cut.
Looking S @ Atacama from Rocky Ridge

Part-way down, a rocky ridge overlooks another trail below. On the left, the bell-shaped pimple reaching up to ~8,000', gives the village below its name:  La Campana.The deeply eroded section on the right, we named after a Peruvian desert:  La Atacama!

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Looking S @ Atacama from Rocky Ridge Capture Date: Jan 16, 2020 01:15 PM
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Part-way down, a rocky ridge overlooks another trail below.
On the left, the bell-shaped pimple reaching up to ~8,000', gives the village below its name: 
La Campana.
The deeply eroded section on the right, we named after a Peruvian desert:  La Atacama!

Coming down the Dromedary shortcut  Cr Stella

Coming down the steeply-sloping new trail.   [Cr: Stella]

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Coming down the Dromedary shortcut Cr Stella Capture Date: Jan 16, 2020 01:14 PM
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Coming down the steeply-sloping new trail.   [Cr: Stella]
That's a steep slope - new short cut #51 to The Dromedaries

Still coming down.

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That's a steep slope - new short cut #51 to The Dromedaries Capture Date: Jan 16, 2020 01:14 PM
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Still coming down.
FR Janosh Pierre Geoff Klass Mark; Mid Ata Bud Edina James Nancy; BR CaitlinAlex Ryan Colin Joan Eric Brian Barry Stella Bill

FR:   Janosh  Pierre  Geoff  Klass  Mark MR:   Ata  Bud  Edina  James  Nancy BR:   Caitlin  Ryan  Colin  Joan  Eric  Barry  Stella BillPeeping through BR shoulders:   Alex  Brian[Cr:  Pierre]

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FR Janosh Pierre Geoff Klass Mark; Mid Ata Bud Edina James Nancy; BR CaitlinAlex Ryan Colin Joan Eric Brian Barry Stella Bill Capture Date: Jan 16, 2020 01:15 PM
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FR:   Janosh  Pierre  Geoff  Klass  Mark
MR:   Ata  Bud  Edina  James  Nancy
BR:   Caitlin  Ryan  Colin  Joan  Eric  Barry  Stella Bill
Peeping through BR shoulders:   Alex  Brian
[Cr:  Pierre]
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