I built this one up in my head so much. Supposedly loose rock, difficult climbing, difficult navigation. I heard it was a nightmare dry and kept missing a window to do it in good snow conditions. I figured I'd just go for it dry. I camped about 10,500 or so Friday night. Went up the White Gully route. This was NOT the mountain I'd expected: not all that loose, not much hard scrambling, not difficult to navigate. I figure people think it's hard because they're all people who concentrate on the centennials immediately after the 14ers. And, yeah, maybe it has been cleaned off the past few years as more people do the Cents. Did the east side ledge traverse to Lightning, then down the gully from the saddle - THAT was a nightmare!
With Rachael and Levi. Standard west face route, second time up. First time was a snow climb so this was my first experience with Thunder Pyramid in dry conditions. Not nearly as bad as advertised, I think a lot of the loose rock has been cleaned by people moving on to the centennials after finishing the 14ers. It still has some loose rock, especially above the gully exit, so bring a helmet and be careful. Even if its not as loose as in the past, its still a tough climb and requires good routefinding and rock management skills.
After we climb Lightning Pyramid we went over to Thunder Pyramid. WE took one of couloirs to the top of the ridge, great climb.
This traverse is tough with snow. Trip report.
An almost uninterrupted 3,200 foot snow climb from the trail. Better conditions than without snow, I'm sure, but still plenty of loose rock near the top.
Most dreaded centennial due to many deaths on this one. Also just noticed that we did this on a 9/11 - what were we thinking?
Climbed standard route day before doing Pyramid Peak. The rock was much more solid than I was led to believe
kind of gnarly but glad i did it
Hit Thunder en route from UN 13,631 to Pyramid Peak. Long day but had perfect weather.
Beautiful weather all day long!!
We hit Thunder Pyramid on a traverse all the way from Point 13,631 and continued past before finally stopping at Pyramid Peak. 9 hrs on the ridge!
Descending the North Ridge on Thunder is spicy!!
We made it way tougher than it should have been. Successfully navigated through the cliff bands down low but drifted away from the white gully and ended up on the north saddle! Climbed sketcy, loose junk on the n.w. side of the summit block. Stick to the south ridge!
With snow is the way to go on this peak, most of the lower talus gullies, and then the white gully from the shelf at the bottom, all the way to the ridge was snow covered. That's one way to keep the loose rock in check ;-)
Traversed over to Lightning and then back down the west face.
Never thought I'd ever repeat this pile of choss crap. Without snow, it wasn't as hard as I would have thought. Still dangerously loose though.
We ascended the West Face on a serpentine route weaving in and out of the White Gully before finally topping out on the ridge about 75-100m south of the summit.
Continued on to do the traverse to Pyramid Peak.
Climbed this interesting peak on a very strange weather day. It was cloudy and rained a little off and on, but the rock stayed fairly dry and there was no electricity. Afterwards, traversed to "Lightning Pyramid" (3rd or 4th class) and then onto UN 13,631 (very low 5th class but dangerously loose - don't attempt this unless you have experience scrambling on total junk). One of my favorite climbs of the summer.
Climged to the saddle of Thunder and Lightning and summited Lightning first. Then traversed to Thunder. Both incredible summits with great views of all the Elk 14ers. I've been wanting to climb this peak for years and finally made it yesterday.
Climbed the Class 4 route to the Thunder/Lightning saddle. Found the rock on the right of the gully to be fun scrambling. The traverse over from Lightning was class 3 with a little routefinding. Descended the West Slopes route and found it to not be as bad as the stories. Definately climbing the class 4 and descending class 3 was the way to go.
climbed the white gully with some friends before heading for lightning pyramid. brutally long day, 19hrs and 40 mins. it was still a throughly enjoyable adventure!
Made a successful first ski descent off the summit of Thunder Pyramid with some nice and light powder and great weather. Fun climb, great ski.
No you didn't!!! It was done long before you even moved to CO.
Did this as a snow climb with three other friends (SP members). Kane is right, the rock up here is as loose and dangerous as it gets. Mostly class-3 moves to the summit once off the west face. Traversed the ridge to "Lightning Pyramid" (13,722).