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SawtoothExplorerAwesome Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2008


The views are awesome. I didn't see anyone once I broke off of the trail to head up to the Thompson cirque. Blue skies and big smiles all day long. Well until I had to hike all the way back to the truck.
Posted Dec 29, 2008 10:51 pm

zoinkSouth Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2008


Took three tries to find the class 3 up. Beautiful weather, nice little hill.
Posted Sep 29, 2008 5:01 am

boisedocGood hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2006


Nice hike although there was a storm on the way down. A little hazy from the forest fires. Surprised to see persistant snowfields this late in the year. The final 5 feet to the true summit is a bit airy.
Posted Sep 11, 2006 4:42 am

IdaClimberStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2005
Done, a long day with strong wind but well worth it.
Posted Aug 18, 2006 6:31 pm

summitlovinaddictRoute Climbed: Southwest Couloir: Climbed September 5, 2005  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2005


Great Scramble! My buddy and I made our way up the west slope into the couloir, and made a few moves to reach the top. Weather was superb and the views of course were awesome. Thompson is a great peak.
Posted Jun 19, 2006 2:38 am

splattskiSW Gully- after Williams  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2001


We hiked up Fishhook Creek to Williams Peak from Redfish in the morning, then scooted up Thompson after lunch, and walked back on the Alpine Way trail.
I also climbed Thompson in the early 70s, so it was fun to go back.
Posted Jun 15, 2006 8:25 pm

SawtoothSeanGood scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 1997


The first time was via the standard route up the west side after the scramble up from Redfish Lake. Following the climbers trail that runs between Williams and Thompson, the hike is pretty straight-forward. The second time was part of a Williams-Thompson-Mickeys-Carter-Limbert speed circuit day with descent down the trailess valley south of Thompson.
Posted Mar 10, 2006 10:32 pm

awilsondcRoute Climbed: S Couloir via W face: August 22, 2004  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2004


Acessed the area via Goat Lake and spent the night just south of Lake 8865. In the morning my friend and I began the ascent looking for a fun and challenging route up. I decided to spiral my way up the west face to the upper portion of the S couloir while my buddy took a more vertical route and wound up on top of the false summit. Fortuneatly he was able to make his way down and over to the real peak. As he was approaching the summit, I pulled out my digital camera to take some pictures and...... the batteries were dead. :( Besides that dissapointment, a very fun climb!
Posted Mar 6, 2006 7:28 am

Scrambling ManThe Biggest Sawtooth, Climbed in July of 2000  Sucess!

Scrambling Man

Took the Southwest Couloir route. The whole hike was tremendous. Made the climb with 3 fellow camp counselors from LHBC. Almost turned back when we found a dead mountain goat near the upper lake. We figured if the mountain goat couldn't survive on its own terrain, who were we to think we could make it to the top.
Posted Feb 14, 2006 5:01 am

sprossedaRoute Climbed: Alpine way - SW couloir Date Climbed: June 2003  Sucess!


Very nice mountain, it has it all. Nice trail through forest, meadows, alpine basins. Beautiful lake and xc up to short but steep snowy headwall. Craggy summit block with awesome views of jagged Sawtooth range. View S is blocked a little by neighbor Mickeys Spire. Boot axe belayed my unconfident partner with a small rope coming down the headwall.
Posted Jan 26, 2006 4:22 pm

renRoute Climbed: Southwest Couloir Date Climbed: Sept. 14, '05  Sucess!


I mistakenly took the southwest route thinking it was the wide gully I needed to be in. Almost backed out when I saw the 5.2 with the exposure on both sides. I found the South Couloir after I reached the summit. Duh.... Beautiful area. Did Borah Peak on the 12th so this was a great topping.
Posted Sep 17, 2005 6:01 am

IdahoSummitsRoute Climbed: South Col Date Climbed: 7/20/2003  Sucess!


Very beautiful area. Lakes, snowfields, and pointed peaks galore. Lots of fish to be caught in the lake at the eastern base of the peak. Expect a class 2 hike to the top with maybe a class 3 move or two at the top. There are several other peaks to be bagged nearby like Mickey's Spire and Mount Carter.
Posted Feb 19, 2005 2:31 pm

IdahoKidRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: July 22nd/03  Sucess!


This was my first major summit ever accomplished, and now looking back, it probably wasnt the best choice for my first. However, besides the long approach, Thompson Peak offers beautiful views, glacial lakes, and a complete wilderness experience. A truly enjoyable mountain..

PS.. an ice ax and ropes are a must if attempting to summit early in the summer, I sure needed em.
Posted Nov 1, 2004 11:15 am

kdonaldsonRoute Climbed: Southwest Couloir Date Climbed: August 28, 2004  Sucess!


Drove up with fastandlight friday from Boise and Camped at little Redfish lake. Went below freezing overnight and woke to intense fog in the Redfish lake basin. Ate and drove up to the backpackers parking lot. Left the parking lot around 7:30. As we climbed out of the lake basin and rose above the fog we were treated with great views of Mt Heyburns North side. When we reached the lake at 9000 ft, we caught up with another party who had camped near the lake. Another party of 4 was coming behind us as well. Above the saddle, there was fresh snow lying still from the cool weather and rain the state had been getting the previous week. It was nicely consolidated and good for walking at this time of day. We scrambled up the west slope into the Southwest Couloir - picked a line and started heading up. Views from the summit were spectacular, and the weather cool and crisp. We summited around 12:30, spent some time there soaking up the views, and were back to the parking lot around 4. The entire hike was very ascetic - highly recommended.
Posted Aug 31, 2004 9:12 am

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