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asmrzNorth East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 1997


Ellen Holden and I climbed the North to North-East Ridge of the Thumb III, 5.5, in July of 1997. We cramponed up the couloir and soloed almost the whole route. We roped up one pitch at the top of the ridge where it meets the summit ridge line. The line was on good steep rock and the rating felt fair. If one ropes up, there might be 6 or 7 pitches. Later in the season, the approach gully without snow can be a mess.
Posted Jun 5, 2016 8:05 pm

DebVia Birch Lake Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2016


First party to sign register this year - Jim and I had a good day without getting lost on approach in the dark at Birch Lake trailhead to climb the SE slope in pretty good snow conditions. Fine fine views from 13K'!
Posted Jun 5, 2016 2:42 pm

BobD3From Birch Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2015


Fine view from the top on an overcast day.
Posted Jul 13, 2015 7:41 pm

Bob BurdBirch Creek TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2011

Bob Burd

Day 9 of the Sierra Challenge, along with Ed Lane Peak. Trip Report
Posted Feb 7, 2012 1:12 pm

seanoFrom Birch Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2011


Sierra Challenge day 9. A burly approach to Birch Lake, then a bit of a scramble to the saddle, but easy going from there. Nice Palisade view. Trip report
Posted Aug 22, 2011 6:21 pm

96avs01Slow climbing but good turns  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2011


Snow hadn't consolidated as much as we had hoped for, so the ascent was far more taxing than anticipated. However, the turns on the way down were very enjoyable. A great first overnight trip post-op from back surgery!
Posted Apr 19, 2011 1:34 pm

bc44caesarSoutheast Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2010


4x4'd as high as possible, then hiked up the moraine ridge to the south of Birch Ck (bad idea) and eventually made camp around 10,200' in a basin below Birch Lake. Skinned up the chute to get to the upper snowfield with terrible glopping on the skins most of the way. Awesome view from the summit. Skied from the top of the snow - the snow was fantastic on the way down! Stayed near the creek on the way back and were able to ski to within 1/2 mi of the car or so.
Posted Apr 26, 2010 10:16 pm

bcdSE slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 27, 2008


Up the SE slope
Posted Feb 28, 2008 3:49 pm

chudderup SE slope, down S chutes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007


Up SE slope from Birch Lake, down one of the south chutes. Bivy on plateau above saddle dividing Birch and Tinemeha drainages, descend on Birch Creek side back to Birch Creek trailhead. It was nice to get above the smoke, though the Birch Creek trail was terrible.
Posted Aug 20, 2007 4:26 pm

yaknjorglsouth slope  Sucess!


yeah we were successful, kinda...
we, KB and me were gonna throw up a new route up one of those crumbing north ridge/arete of Birch mt., but they're like jinga piles of collapsing rock and we drank too much before drudging up birch creek- what a pain in the ass. they call it birch creek and you can see the birch trees miles away from the trail, but little to no shade or water on hike up with aid and new route gear. good times, good times...
Posted May 2, 2007 2:55 am

FelsbergSouth Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2007


Two day ascent up Birch Creek and the south slopes with Johnny and Dom. Day 1: 6.5 hour slog to Birch Lake included lots of snowshoeing over plants and rocks, and plenty of side-hilling. Never have I started a Sierra hike so far from the mountains! Day 2: up at 5 then 6 hours of knee-deep postholing to the summit of The Thumb. Snow was soft but stable. The ramp accessing the south slopes was steep but short. Great summit views and perfect Sierra weather. The last people to sign the summit register were the Sierra Challenge members below. Hiked down and out to the trailhead by 7pm. This was our 3rd attempt to climb The Thumb, the previous attempts (one per year) were killed due to poor weather.
down near the mouth of birch canyon we saw a heard of 20 or so bighorn sheep.
Posted Mar 6, 2007 6:50 pm

bechttEast Southfork Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2006


Sierra Challenge 2006 Day 5
Posted Sep 5, 2006 4:25 pm

Bob BurdTraverse from Bolton Brown  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2006

Bob Burd

Day 6 of the 2006 Challenge. This was a very enjoyable day tagging Split/Prater/Bolton Brown/Thumb in a long day. Trip Report
Posted Sep 3, 2006 10:20 pm

derbillyEast Southfork Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2006


5th day of the Sierra Challenge. Started with 5 at the trailhead for one of the most social climbs of the challenge. Richard, Evan and I took the route through scenic Finger Lake to get to Southfork Pass while the Toms took a direct route from Brainerd Lake. Summitted together with Evan and bechtt. See trip report from bechtt.
Posted Aug 17, 2006 6:42 pm

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