Album: Thor Peak (6x) - Stemwinder
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- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Taking a short break at the start of the Stemwinder
This easily spotted tree is located near the start of the route
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.
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.
Quick and short belay. I think we only used two pieces.
Looking down at Outpost Camp. Wish I had some water balloons to throw down there!
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
At the pinnacle the route goes diagonally left up the face (after a short exposed move on a steep slab)
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.
Above the exposed move you continue on up the obvious chimney
The final stretch goes up a good ledge to the upper plateau
Courtney coming up the last 30 feet or so to the upper plateau
There was some fun class 3 scrambling (optional) along the ridge on the upper side of the plateau
I had forgotten how many times I had done Thor until I looked back through the log
We descended down one of the NE chutes (to the left of the pinnacle in the photo)
Gets a bit brushy the closer you get to the trail but it's manageable
The Whitney Portal Store. 12:53pm. Time for a burger!