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Ascent of Thorodin Mountain on 2018-05-29

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Marc Church
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Thorodin Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:10540 ft / 3212 m

Ascent Trip Report

MY GPS track is very different from the others. Marc and I wanted to grab the prominence peak first of course, but instead of getting electrocuted by the storms around us and go over to the radio tower at Starr Peak, we elected a route back that took us up and over each pinnacle. Thus, my TR.

First we parked at the panorama point parking lot and used the signed trail to begin our journey and headed down and around the creek. Marc had rock climbed the pinnacles before and this was the way he comes to get to the rock faces. We held a bee line for the first large gap between the pinnacles and the bushwhacking was steep. You come up into a large boulder field with two amazing rock faces in front of you. It is all class 5 rock unless you split the seam and go up through the trees where you can limit your climb to class 3. We continued through the saddle and came out on the east side of the range and contoured bushwhacked up to the peak which has several false summits of small pinnacles.

On the way down we headed back over to the other saddle and the taller pinnacles was too tempting not to climb. We found a straight forward classic classic 3 ascent and found the summit of the pinnacle and enjoyed steep cliff views. We then scrambled down and contoured to the other saddle and climbed the next pinnacle down. I estimate that the first pinnacle is over 100 foot of vertical and the second is not more than 80 feet although the contour intervals would suggest neither is 100 foot of prominence by themselves. I believe the one closest to the true peak is a separate 100 foot pinnacle but am not going to enter it as such. Just extra credit.

Marc had better climbing boots than I and certainly better climbing skills, so he found a class 4/5.0 feature to upclimb and agreed he would prefer an easier down-climb. I took that easier class 3 exit as my upclimb and joined him on the summit of the pinnacle.There is a rounded granite boulder at the top that appears to be the summit and it required a bit of climbing to touch the top and approach shoes would have made it easier, but thankfully it is not very tall and we tapped the top.

It appears that all of the main summits can be obtained without technical gear with routes of class 3 each. But for those that like more technical climbs, everything is avialable on these geologic gifts.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1595 ft / 485 m
    Total Elevation Loss:335 ft / 101 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Grade/Class:2,2+,3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
verge of rain all day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1315 ft / 400 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1260 ft / 384 m; Extra: 55 ft / 16m
    Loss on way in:55 ft / 16 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:trail to bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Panorama Point Parking Lot  9280 ft / 2828 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:280 ft / 85 m
    Gain on way out:280 ft / 85 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:bushwhack and scramble all pinnacles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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