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The Thunderer (Yellowstone)

Postby Morlow » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:06 pm

Has anyone climbed this before? I'm curious how difficult it is. I've wanted to try it for a while but I can't find any info on it. Thanks.
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Re: The Thunderer (Yellowstone)

Postby Bob Sihler » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:32 pm

I haven't climbed it, but I've read, I think in Bonney, that you can do it in a long day via Norris. I remember thinking it looked quite feasible from Norris when I climbed it a few years back.

I've always been intrigued by the possibility of finding a scrambling route up from the Thunderer Cutoff Trail. Maps suggest it just might work, and that would be a lot shorter, but the rock would probably be horrible.
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Re: The Thunderer (Yellowstone)

Postby Morlow » Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:02 pm

Yeah I would definitely try it from the Thunderer trail, but as you mentioned, horribly loose rock would be my primary concern. I'm really not a fan of loose rock to begin with. I'm just surprised there isn't a page for it since it has the trail that goes up by it.
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Re: The Thunderer (Yellowstone)

Postby Bob Sihler » Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:40 pm

Absaroka breccia is so terrible that I wouldn't be surprised if no one has ever tried that way.

The Thunderer and Abiathar are peaks I would like to do next year, so if you don't get to it this year or prefer a partner for route-finding up that junk, I could be up for that next year. Unfortunately, I can't fit it in this year.
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Re: The Thunderer (Yellowstone)

Postby PanamaRed » Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:37 pm

I have been partway up this mountain. The rock is very sketch, and the route finding is tricky. We did not make it to the top. You could probably do it, it would just require very good route finding. If i remember correctly we had to ford a creek/river to access the mountain.
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Re: The Thunderer (Yellowstone)

Postby Joseph Bullough » Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:02 pm

I tried it a few years ago from the Thunderer Trail and we got cliffed out. Thought about returning with a rope, but I think gear placements in breccia would be sketchy at best. I've looked at a long traverse from Mount Norris, and I think it would be fairly easy.
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