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Ascent of Thor Peak on 2018-04-29

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 29, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Thor Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12306 ft / 3750 m

Ascent Trip Report

I let myself sleep in a bit, but I managed to get a parking spot right next to the Mount Whitney trailhead at around 8:15am. I guess not many people were trying to sneak into the Whitney Zone before the permit season started. I was off at 8:35am, and I made my way up the North Fork Lone Pine Creek trail. I got myself into a bad spot pretty quickly by trying to ascend what I thought were the hard-to-find and exposed Ebersbacher ledges too early. After consulting the map I continued up the trail and found the ledges, which were well-ducked and trivial to ascend. I reached Lower Boy Scout Lake and turned to the northeast slopes of Thor. I used my crampons for the bottom half for the bottom half of the slopes, but the upper half was sand and scree. I angled towards the east to the low point and continued up the ridge, summiting right at noon. I descended to the north, crossed through the notch in the west arete, and carefully made my way down the ledges to Mirror Lake. At one point I got cliffed out in a class 4 chute, but I managed to keep it class 2 save for one borderline third-class move. I took the Whitney trail back to the trailhead and was back at my car at 3:20pm.

Stats: 3h25m up, 34m at summit, 2h45m down, 13.5 miles, 3,900ft gained.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3946 ft / 1202 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3946 ft / 1202 m
    Distance:13.5 mi / 21.7 km
    Route:NE slope
    Start Trailhead:8360 ft / 2548 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:South slope
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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