Album: Thor Peak (6x) - Stemwinder


Category
Outdoor Adventures
Album Date
7/14/2006 12:00:00 AM
Date Added
1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

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7/14/2006 3:53:18 AM
Whitney Portal Trailhead. 3:53am. 
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7/14/2006 4:09:27 AM
 
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Thor's SE face 
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Working our way up above Bighorn Park 
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Taking a short break at the start of the Stemwinder 
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First move: a slightly awkward squeeze 
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This easily spotted tree is located near the start of the route 
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The crux: a 5.4 chimney. The difficulty is confined to about the first 12 feet. Beyond that it quickly turns into class 3/4. For a 5.4 move it's a bit awkward. There's a piton on the left. You can clip into this to keep from falling all the way off the face. This is the hardest move on the whole route so if you can get past it everything else is easier. 
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Looking down at the chimney 
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Above the chimney it's easier: class 3 
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Thor's SE face 
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Not too far above the chimney we ran into a class 4 section (probably avoidable) with crumbly granite. About 20 feet up we got out the rope since we didn't trust the rock here. 
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Quick and short belay. I think we only used two pieces. 
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Looking down at Outpost Camp. Wish I had some water balloons to throw down there! 
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Approaching the small pinnacle 
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The route goes up to the small pinnacle to the right. At that point your turn left and go over and up an exposed slab: difficulty limited to about 30 feet 
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The pale red pinnacle 
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View to the east from the pale red pinnacle 
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At the pinnacle the route goes diagonally left up the face (after a short exposed move on a steep slab) 
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Courtney on the exposed slab move just past the pale red pinnacle. We roped up here but I don't think it was really necessary. I don't think I actually placed any pieces along the way. 
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Above the exposed move you continue on up the obvious chimney 
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The final stretch goes up a good ledge to the upper plateau 
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Final 30 feet. Watch your head. 
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Courtney coming up the last 30 feet or so to the upper plateau 
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Along the ridge leading up to the summit 
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There was some fun class 3 scrambling (optional) along the ridge on the upper side of the plateau 
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Mike Schasch joined us on the way to the summit 
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False summit 
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True summit 
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Courtney on Thor's summit block 
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Mount Whitney 
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Mike and Courtney on Thor's summit 
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I had forgotten how many times I had done Thor until I looked back through the log 
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My fifth summit two months earlier 
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Bob Rockwell's 51st summit 
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We descended down one of the NE chutes (to the left of the pinnacle in the photo) 
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Gets a bit brushy the closer you get to the trail but it's manageable 
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Back on the trail 
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The Whitney Portal Store. 12:53pm. Time for a burger!