Climbed with Jason on a nice partly cloudy day, not too hot, reached the summit in 2 hr. 43 min. Total time was 5:37 including breaks, round trip. 9.2 miles according to Strava.
Had a great day but no summit. The weather was crap, tons of fresh snow, low visibility, howling wind on the ridge, tons of rime ice on the trees. After 4 hrs to reach 8000ft, we turned back but still felt lots of satisfaction for braving the weather!
It was a great climb. Really everything you could want… a nice hike from the trailhead to the PCT; a fun and easy scramble above the trees from the PCT to the summit block; a short but serious scramble up the summit block. We didn't need the rope but it was nice to have it since a fall in the area around the summit would have been really terrible. Helmets are also nice… I hope to go back and do it again. Such an impressive looking spire. It really was the kind of climb that checks all the boxes.
I did go back again in the Fall of 2014 (see entry above) and climbed it again. The 100 days of good weather broke the morning of our climb and we had clouds and rain. Thielsen is a different mountain when the rock is wet. The thought of lightning up there is not one that will encourage you much either. Still, we made the summit a bit wet and with no hope of a decent photo. Just a selfie of ourselves in a cloud.
Myself, my service dog, and Burma first attempted the peak on Jume 1st, 2013, but there was a lot more snow and ice than expected, and the peak repelled our attempt about 400 feet or so from the summit.
We returned in mid July after the snow had melted and Burma and I tagged the peak. Puppi waited below the 80 foot summit sphere.
We had a lot of fun! This climb is a must if you're in southern Oregon. :)
I guess a little easier than I thought, I would say Class 4. Brought a rope and harness and did not need it for up or down.
Last time I climbed the mountain it seemed that the crack on the pinnacle base was wider. I was surprised by your comment that a big chunk went flying by. It always seemed to be very solid rock. WE will be climbing at the end of August. I keep returning to this one, my first mountain and its always a fun one. BTW, if you go up the ridge line you miss most of the scree on the climber's trail.
7/27/2013 Climbed via the standard West Ridge route. The appearance of Mount Thielsen looming before you looks very intimidating but the approach is very straight forward and the final 80 feet up the summit pinnacle is not too bad at all. The biggest scare was on the way down the talus slopes, dodging a "mini fridge" sized boulder, dislodged by a climbing group above. It seemed to have it's tractor beam locked on us.
Our group of three brought some climbing gear, but when we got to the bottom of the summit pinnacle, I was like, "We brought a rope for THAT?!" It was a fun rope-free scramble to a surprisingly roomy and non-sketchy summit, and it felt like a piece of cake compared to the nasty scree we had to slog through on the way up.
I climbed Thielsen as a side trip during my thru hike.
Climbed Thielsen half a dozen times in '79 and '80. Spectacular mountain, dramatic climb. Surprisingly easy despite wicked appearance
Lots of folks out on mountain despite the hazy conditions due to the nearby forest fires. Brought a rope and some gear for the summit pinnacle and happily used it to quickly bypass a party with a fixed line by climbing around them up slightly more technical terrain on the left (felt like low fifth class). Would likely be OK without rope on the standard variation, but why not?
Actually , I have climbed Theislon a few times. I did it solo and with no ropes the first time. Second time was with a group and we used a fixed line. Going again in August with a group I will be leading. Its a very fun climb always. The veiw is amazing and standing out on the pinnacle is quite thrilling. It a long ways down. It is a easy climb but a mistake will have some serious consequences.
I asked Thor and Zeus to each keep their lightning spears away while I was at the mountain. ;-)
The Mount Thielsen Trail was easy, then the climber's trail was enjoyable and scenic, and then the last 80' ascent was the icing on the mountain cake. First successful summiter of the day, and solo. The summit views were spectacular in all directions. At the ledge I enjoyed the company of Marie and Gene (the latter of whom summited right after me), and I had several great conversations with climbers during the descent. Several of them convinced me that I should visit nearby Mount Scott while I was in the area, and that I could not hope for better weather. I became convinced to tag another Top 100 peak that was not on my original "to do" list for this trip. But, ultimately, Mount Thielsen was the highlight of my weekend.
This was the fourth (and, in my opinion, the best) of seven Top 100 peaks summited in Oregon during a 3-1/2 day timeframe.
Went on a Mazama climb for this one. The weather couldn't have been any nicer; blue skies without a single cloud. We roped up for the summit pinnacle, since we were a group of 10 and the club policy says you have to. But I don't think I will rope up again next time I go on my own.
Watched the sunrise from the top, excellent climb up.
Bringing gear next time.
wasn't feeling the last bit, but was peaking well enough to enjoy the trip
Looks hairy from the base, but the pitch at the end is not so bad. Looking down the north face though, now there's some exposure.
Friend in Ashland told me to go for it since I was headed North through Crater Lake. Exhilirating scramble.
easy slog up some scree and a nice bouldery pitch to the end, great views