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sepultura

first ascent [TR] Del Campo - FA: Brawndo 12/14/2009

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Trip: Del Campo - FA: Brawndo

 

Date: 12/14/2009

 

Trip Report:

On Dec. 14 A2THEK and I climbed a 2 pitch ice line on the lower N face of Del Campo peak. Unfortunately the fresh dump of snow on Sun. night stopped our progress up the rest of the face. It was still a worthy endeavor with a fairly short approach. We spied the line last week from Morningstar peak and made plans to come back and have a go. With the forecast calling for more typical Cascades weather we figured it was either Mon. or not at all for awhile.

The approach was straight forward. Park at the Sunshine Mine trailhead, follow the trail to the major drainage that leads to the valley between Lewis and Morningstar. From here head straight up the drainage instead of following the trail up the avalanche slopes that head toward Headlee pass. Follow this to where the terrain steepens directly below Del Campo’s NF.

The climb itself consisted of 2 full pitches. One being a thin mixed lead to an ice belay right below the upper tier. The second pitch was a full 55 meters of solid blue ice. We rated the climb 3+ R due to thin conditions of the lower pitch, although short screws proved useful here. Two double rope rappels from trees brought us back to the start of the climb.

We decided to name the climb Brawndo in honor of the “Thirst Mutilator”

 

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Edited by sepultura

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Nice work guys, love the name too . .. . but how about this quote from the movie?

 

"Welcome to Costco, I love you. Welcome to Costco, I love you. Welcome to Costco, I love you. Welcome to Costco, I love you."

 

Nope, definitely "brawndo".

 

JG

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Too bad there is not a wheelchair ramp; I would have been there for mutual support! But I do want to know where the leather pants are! This is proof of the theorem that without pain there is no pleasure. Oh, and nice climb!

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Over the past 20 yrs I've seen two seperate parties on this line while skiing back there. Don't know if they topped out.

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Sweet! Nice work guys!

 

I had no idea what any of this Brawndo stuff was, but it sounds like I'll need to watch the movie now.

 

And now, a few notes about Brawndo, courtesy of Wikipedia:

 

-Brawndo: "The Thirst Mutilator" is a sports drink advertised as rich in electrolytes

 

-Brawndo is used for virtually every purpose, including crop irrigation. Water is only used in toilets.

 

-Over time, the electrolytes in the Brawndo have accumulated in the soil, killing the crops and causing a food shortage.

 

-Half the country works for Brawndo Corp.

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Its certainly possible that it has been climbed, there is alot of ice lines in that drainage. We based our FA simply on the fact that there was no rap slings in the logical spots, and I have heard no one else spraying about it over the years.

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