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Ascent to North Palisade-just pass Thunderbold Pass on 2018-08-22

Climber: Evan Battaglia

Date:Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:North Palisade - just pass Thunderbold Pass
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12548 ft / 3824 m
    Remaining Elevation:1694 ft / 516 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Due to a permit issue we camped between Bishop Lake and Bishop Pass and made a 1am start. This made navigation on the section past Bishop Pass a little more difficult, although not as hard as I expected -- real boulder hopping only accounted for about a quarter or so of the traverse from Bishop Pass to Thunderbolt Pass (mostly near the end). However, my climbing partner was not feeling well, so we turned around at Thunderbolt Pass.

To satisfy my scrambly cravings I climbed Point 12,548, finding a class 3/4 route. Interestingly, there is a register on top. Some of the entries are from the eighties, with one from 1980! I was surprised to see paper that old still legible.

There was a whole herd (at least 13 or 14) of dead decaying deer just off the trail on the climb up Bishop Pass, which produced quite the odor. They were spread out over a fall line of maybe 200 ft. on the talus slope. Apparently, this was caused was by the deer slipping on ice:
http://sierrabighorn.blogspot.com/2017/11/migrating-mule-deer-deaths-in-high.html
Apparently this is not an uncommon occurrence here -- this paper from 2001 mentions deer falling near Bishop Pass after high snow years -- in 1999 and in the 1950s:
https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1257&context=wnan
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp



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