Camp Peak

Elevation: 7,726 ft
Prominence: 1,271

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This peak is not in the book. USGS Henry

Rick Baugher’s report on this peak follows:

In 1994, I was drawn to Camp Peak as part of the “triangulation station recovery project.”

Camp Peak. Rick Baugher Photo

Camp Peak (10/30/14). Rick Baugher Photo

I ascended this cross-country Southwest Slope to reach Station “Camp.” The peak name may have originated from the wagon encampment days of the the Lander Trail. Survey work and subsequent computations were done by either Thomas Bannon or Herbert Hodgeson. Which surveyor was here in 1915? The USGS field reports don’t specify. Let’s see if we can do some detective work.

Camp Peak. Rick Baugher Photo

Camp Peak. Rick Baugher Photo

On the summit of Camp Peak, the report describes the station mark as “Flagpole with cairn around base.” Check. “Bronze triangulation tablet cemented in rock.” Check. “Reference mark: chiseled cross in rock, distance 8.8 feet.” Check. See lower left in above photo.

After visiting dozens of similar stations in ID/WY/MT, the individual quirks of the surveyor become apparent. He leaves footprints. Bannon was known to not stamp names or dates on benchmark tablets. Check. Bannon was known for his well-crafted chiseled crosses. Check. We conclude, therefore, that Station Camp was occupied by TM Bannon.

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Mountain Range: Peale Mountains

Longitude: -111.55179   Latitude: 42.96159

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