SummaryI remember that Shirley & I did the hike in to Bumblebee Pass once in marginal weather & then the rain started as we were deliberating "go" or "no go" on the climb itself. We then cambe back (following season perhaps, in 2003) and climbed it car to car...not really worth mentioning that part except for the fact that Shirley was still recovering from a partially torn achilles tendon. As a bonus, she got tagged by a yellow jacket (we think) on the hike in. Fun climb in a pretty alpine setting. On our hike out it got dark on us somewhere on the PCT. As we were hiking out (too quietly I guess) we nearly ran into a hiker who just set up his bivy on or right next to the trail. Startled, he screamed...then I screamed...then we all screamed! Then we all laughed.
Shirley hiking the Kendall Katwalk (PCT) on the approach.
First views of Thomson from the approach hike.
Mt. Thomson & The West Ridge route from Bumblebee Pass.
Shirley at the base of the West Ridge.
Starting up pitch 1.
Shirley topping out on pitch 2.
Shirley on pitch 3.
Shirley near the top of pitch 3.
Leading pitch 4.
Nearing the top of pitch 4.
Shirley on the false summit.
Summit views to the SE.
Shirley on the summit.
Looking east from summit.