Awesome route up the south face. The two crux spots are more mental than anything otherwise this is just an exposed class 3 scramble with spectacular views. As Miguel said, wasted time on the approach with unreachable or cliffed out ledges. Descended via the east gully with the big "chockstone" (the only gully I was trying to miss). Pictures
Started up a chute N. of SE Couloir..eventually traversed into the SE Couloir. Found the register way down in a deep crack where someone had dropped it
Terrific snow climb up the SE couloir and across the summit plateau. Some mixed snow/rock scrambling near the summit. We glissaded most of the way down to LBSL. Great day! Went with mtndonkey.
An easy snow climb up from the lake to the peak in the ever softening snow and then a fun snowboard down.
up and down the chutes on the east face
Nice scrambling up from Girl Scout lake. Left a gift for the group hike to come a week later.
An early winter storm led to a beautiful white ascent from LBL up the "Secret Route". 30+ hikers on the summit for a memorial. Not a dry eye there.
Climbed with the Whitney Message Board people. Ran into some hard packed snow so didn't summit. Got some great pictures, and I shall return next year when there is no snow.
Climbed with Laura Molnar; led all pitches.
The 5.4 chimney and the class 4 slab traverse were the most stimulating parts of this route. There was some class 4-ish stuff in between on funky rock that we also roped up for - maybe we were off-route there, but it was fun. Otherwise lots of third class.
Didn't bother to tag summit. Descended SE couloir (loose). Perfect day.
Scrambled up through a ravine full of brush,
came this (pinching forefinger and thumb tightly together) close to death as I came down some class 4/5 stuff with snow/ice, slipped, took a fall (don't remember how long) and landed on a tiny ledge.
Part of a two-day SPS trip with Lone Pine Peak.
Terrific views of the Whitney area.
Finally started at 10AM after obtaining a North Fork permit from the Inyo NF. Why do I need a day hike permit if there is no quota an the NF has electronic counters on the trail? Because I need a poop bag for a 6 hour hike?
The climb from Lower Boyscout looked worse than it was. I went through the boulder field to the E and then up some class 3, direct to the ridge. Just me and a couple of ravens up top. Followed a use trail to the easier scree chute to the E of my ascent line. It was much easier coming down than I feared.
climbed up scree and talus from LBSL, then long slog to the summit. Fantastic views. Descended a not-recommended chute to the Whitney trail.
Never trust a topo from Waugh! Fortunately Brenda and I lived to tell the tale. Fun hike, beautiful from the lake, descent down the funneling scree chutes kinda sucked.
Climbed with Matthew on a beautiful spring day. A highly enjoyable route. Trip Report
CLimbed the southwest slopes from Mirror Lake. It turned into a bit of a sufferfest, as there was not nearly enough snow to cover the rocks, and just enough to make walking very difficult. Still, a nice summit with views of the entire Whitney basin.
Dayhike from Whitney Portal. Went XC from Lone Pine Lk. area, up to Mirror Lk., up slopes, chutes, & snow to summit. Descended N. side to North Fork Lone Pine Ck.
Climbed Stemwinder with Mark. Left the Portal at 8AM. We made some mistakes on the approach and wasted almost an hour. Back at 3PM (7 hrs roundtrip).
Route Climbed: NW Face
Date Climbed: November 15, 2003
A day hike of Thor Peak via the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek.
1) Whitney Portal Road: USFS road closure sign is at the usual 6600-foot elevation point. Snow level on November 15th was around just under 7000 ft. I was only able to drive to the "Meysan Lakes trailhead parking" brown sign (elev ~ 8000 ft). I have a Honda Accord, front 2WD.
2) Saturday, Nov 15th: I woke up at 3:00am and was walking by 3:35am. I got to the Whitney Portal trailhead (elev ~ 8365 ft) by 4:00am. At the Portal, the snow was 1 foot deep. The trail was decently packed with a boot track. I then left the main Whitney trail and hiked up the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek towards Lower Boy Scout Lake (at least what's left of it----LBSL looks more like a pond than a lake now). I took the Ebersbacher Ledges as there wasn't a great deal of snow on them. There was a snow boot track all the way to LBSL. From LBSL, you could still follow a boot track 'til about 10,750 ft. From there on, the boot track was erased by the winds coming down from Upper Boy Scout Lake (UBSL) and Clyde's Meadow. I had to put on crampons in the Clyde's Meadow section just below UBSL. Then, I had to take my crampons off and put on snowshoes at UBSL. Definitely, I had to break trail here. Also, the snow was 2 feet deep starting at UBSL (elev ~ 11,300 ft). I then went up about 200 ft or so and turned left (east) towards the NW slope of Thor Peak. When I got to the base, I took my snowshoes off and started climbing. I'm used to climbing class 3 rock on summer (e.g. Middle Pal's NE face, Whitney's MR, etc), however, climbing class 3 with snow on it turned out to be quite interesting. It took me 50 minutes to reach the summit from the base (800 ft of gain). I climbed mostly towards climber's right of the NW face of Thor. I reached the summit at 11:17am. I stayed there 15 minutes. It was windy and quite chilly. The Owens valley was covered with clouds (I couldn't see Lone Pine). I could only see the very tips (summits) of Mt Inyo , Keynot Peak and New York Butte towards the east across Owens valley. The top of the cloud deck was probably setting around 10,000 ft. I was still able to see LBSL from the summit of Thor Peak though. I descended Thor's summit via the east slope (Thor's summit plateau). You can see 2 prominent rock bands with trees in the middle of the 2 as you descend east. Then, not knowing, I took a snow chute down to the right of the right-most prominent rock band. I actually ended up by Lone Pine Lake. I then took the main Whitney trail down towards the Portal. The main trail (at least from Lone Pine Lake down) was decently packed too with boot tracks. I got to my car at 3:05pm. This hike took me longer than I expected. I expected 9-10 hours roundtrip; however, it ended up being almost 12 hours car-to-car. Breaking trail from UBSL to the NW base of Thor Peak took me quite some time as well as the class 3 section on Thor's NW face. All in all, though, an enjoyable trip.