Ascent of Thor Peak on 2018-04-29
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, April 29, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||12306 ft / 3750 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI let myself sleep in a bit, but I managed to get a parking spot right next to the Mount Whitney trailhead at around 8:15am. I guess not many people were trying to sneak into the Whitney Zone before the permit season started. I was off at 8:35am, and I made my way up the North Fork Lone Pine Creek trail. I got myself into a bad spot pretty quickly by trying to ascend what I thought were the hard-to-find and exposed Ebersbacher ledges too early. After consulting the map I continued up the trail and found the ledges, which were well-ducked and trivial to ascend. I reached Lower Boy Scout Lake and turned to the northeast slopes of Thor. I used my crampons for the bottom half for the bottom half of the slopes, but the upper half was sand and scree. I angled towards the east to the low point and continued up the ridge, summiting right at noon. I descended to the north, crossed through the notch in the west arete, and carefully made my way down the ledges to Mirror Lake. At one point I got cliffed out in a class 4 chute, but I managed to keep it class 2 save for one borderline third-class move. I took the Whitney trail back to the trailhead and was back at my car at 3:20pm.
Stats: 3h25m up, 34m at summit, 2h45m down, 13.5 miles, 3,900ft gained.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3946 ft / 1202 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||3946 ft / 1202 m|
| Distance:||13.5 mi / 21.7 km|
| Route:||NE slope|
| Start Trailhead:||8360 ft / 2548 m|
| Route:||South slope|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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