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Ascent of Thunder Butte South Peak on 2019-05-18

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:HC Liang and Dan Connors
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 18, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Thunder Butte South Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:9440 ft / 2877 m

Ascent Trip Report

After completing the county HP (Thunder Butte) we started heading south and we took note of the obvious hard capped feature south of the true peak. This formation on the aerial stands out and has sheer walls of harder granite that has not eroded like the feldspar laden features all around. We hiked over to the wall and all agreed it was extra credit to hike up to the summit of this feature. I measured over 160 feet of rise and the topo shows around 180 feet but it had not been entered in either LOJ or Peakbagger. What a shame. This subpeak is far more interesting that the butte and everyone comes to tag the county HP but this secondary feature has more unobstructed views and better rock to climb on! Dan and I climbed up to the wall and it was all class 5 and not easy class 5. Sliding to the right (west) it gets easier and we found some weaknesses in the rock and we each selected a different route up the wall. HC was having an issue with his Achilles heel so we needed to find him some easier routes. I found him a seam in the rock that was an easy class 2+/3 up; while I found a fun class 3+; and Dan, of course had to find himself a class 4 but we all made our way to the summit of this fine secondary formation that I entered provisionally as Thunder Butte South. Coming down can be very easy if you work your way west but each of us looked for something fun and challenging in our wheel house. I found another spectacular fault in a wall and HC and I made it down a very interesting steep chute. Then headed along the GPS route shown for more fun.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:255 ft / 77 m
    Total Elevation Loss:75 ft / 22 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Grade/Class:3,3+
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
cool and scattered snow
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:215 ft / 65 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 180 ft / 55 m; Extra: 35 ft / 10m
    Loss on way in:35 ft / 10 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Scramble see GPS tracks
    Start Trailhead:saddle between peaks  9260 ft / 2822 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:see GPS track
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  
Ascent Part of Trip: Thunder Trip

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Thunder Butte2019-05-18 a1486 ft / 453 m
2Thunder Butte South Peak2019-05-18 b255 ft / 78 m
3Thunder Butte Block2019-05-18 c53 ft / 16 m
4Sheep Nose2019-05-18 d744 ft / 227 m
Total Trip Gain: 2538 ft / 774 m    Total Trip Loss: 1039 ft / 317 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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