Ascent of South Thunder Mountain on 1998-10-09

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Daniel Dolan
Date:Friday, October 9, 1998
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:South Thunder Mountain
    Elevation:11000 ft / 3352 m

Ascent Trip Report

As the autumn began, and the snow began to fall, Dan and I wanted to get in one last climb. We decided to go up Bells Canyon to bag Rocky Mouth Canyon Peak, Bells Cleaver, and North and South Thunder Mountains. Unfortunately, because of the snow that only partially covered the boulders, we were only able to climb what we thought was Bells Cleaver. As it turns out, we just climbed a hight point where the South Thunder ridge meets the North Thunder ridge and Bells Cleaver Ridge. We were on a point just 15 minutes below South Thunder, and didn't know it. Too bad we left the topo at home. GPS didn't even exist back then that we knew of...

We saw 2 other climbers along the Thunder Ridge just north of the 3 way intersection. It is pretty rare for us to see other hikers, especially on a weekday in October following first snow, but before ski season. As we descended from the ridge, the goal was North Thunder, followed by a traverse of the ridge back to South Thunder. Unfortunately, the snow covering the boulders was enough to cover the cracks that you could twist an ankle in or slip on, but not enough to fully cover them and make for easy going on the snow. Very frustrating. We made our way back to the Col below the real Bells Cleaver and back to our campsite.

While we didn't get any peaks, it was a great 3 day trip in the shoulder season. Pictures
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5700 ft / 1737 m
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5700 ft / 1737 m
    Route:Bells Canyon
    Start Trailhead:5300 ft / 1615 m
Descent Statistics

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