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Ascent of Thompson Peak on 2010-09-03

Climber: Dan Baxter

Others in Party:Bob Packard
Date:Friday, September 3, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Thompson Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8994 ft / 2741 m

Ascent Trip Report

We took the approach from the south at Bob Packard's suggestion. This route is longer, has more elevation gain and more difficult than the approach from Grizzly Lake. We ended up spending two nights on the trail.

Day 1 backpack 8 miles from Canyon creek trailhead to camp between the two Canyon Creek Lakes.3100ft elev start, 5700' camp (2600 ft elev gain)
Day 2 occas use trails, mostly on our own, up and back from summit. Class 2 and brief 3 up to saddle on ridge between Thompson and wedding Cake. 30 ft of class 4 at summit rock (I climbed, anchored a rope, and belayed Bob up. We both belayed down). Picked up our backpacks on descent and made it out to within 2 or 3 miles of the trailhead before dark.
Day 3 the brief backpack out to our cars (and then a longer backpack same day on approach to Boulder Peak).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6690 ft / 2037 m
    Extra Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:32 mi / 51.5 km
    Route:Canyon Creek Trail then XC
    Trailhead:Canyon Creek Trailhead  3104 ft / 946 m
    Grade/Class:brief class IV
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Perfect! Not a cloud seen
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Days 8 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Days 2 Hours 



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