Ascent of Mount Thielsen-South Peak on 2014-07-29

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Others in Party:Greg M
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Thielsen-South Peak
    Elevation:8457 ft / 2577 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy scramble from the SE to SW, but quite abrupt on all other aspects. We scrambled around the west side from the main Thielsen summit, then up along the SW ridge. We tagged the summit and then headed down immediately, as the thunderheads were building to the point that down-strikes didn't seem far off. We descended to the saddle just above 7400' for a short break, but a few rumbles encouraged us to descend further. We dropped NNE into the Cottonwood Creek drainage and spent a few hours (~2pm-4:15pm) lounging around and snoozing in a mini-meadow beside the creek as angry clouds roiled just to our NNE.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:907 ft / 276 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1767 ft / 538 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:907 ft / 276 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 857 ft / 261 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:S to SW ridge, then direct
    Start Trailhead:Approx .3mi due W of summit  7600 ft / 2316 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1717 ft / 523 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:SE ridge to 7400' saddle, then NNE
    End Trailhead:~6740' on Cottonwood Cr  6740 ft / 2054 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2014-07 Thielsen (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Thielsen Camp2014-07-28 a1719 ft / 524 m
2Mount Thielsen2014-07-29 a2293 ft / 699 m
3Mount Thielsen-South Peak2014-07-29 b907 ft / 276 m
4Hollys Ridge2014-07-29 c1528 ft / 466 m
5Central Sawtooth Ridge Peak2014-07-30 a2018 ft / 615 m
6Howlock Mountain-East Peak2014-07-30 b476 ft / 145 m
7Howlock Mountain2014-07-30 c674 ft / 205 m
Total Trip Gain: 9615 ft / 2930 m    Total Trip Loss: 15643 ft / 4768 m

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