RPC's Mount Thomson - West Ridge

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RPC's Mount Thomson - West Ridge
Created On: Aug 30, 2010
Last Edited On: Aug 30, 2010


I 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.


West RidgeShirley hiking the Kendall Katwalk (PCT) on the approach.

West RidgeFirst views of Thomson from the approach hike.

West RidgeMt. Thomson & The West Ridge route from Bumblebee Pass.

West RidgeShirley at the base of the West Ridge.

West RidgeStarting up pitch 1.

West RidgeShirley topping out on pitch 2.

West RidgeShirley on pitch 3.

West RidgeShirley near the top of pitch 3.

West RidgeLeading pitch 4.

West RidgeNearing the top of pitch 4.

West RidgeShirley on the false summit.

West RidgeSummit views to the SE.

West RidgeShirley on the summit.

West RidgeLooking east from summit.



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