Thunderbolt Peak Climber's Log

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Ol Walsher

Ol Walsher - Sep 11, 2010 10:12 pm Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2010

SW Chute #1  Sucess!

Fitting this would be my 50th peak. A wild climb near the top. Can't think of a better summit block. Peter Croft and Conrad Anker signed the register a few days prior.


SKI - Aug 16, 2010 9:45 am Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010

Think that rope's gunna hold?  Sucess!

Tagged the summit on our way towards completing the Palisade Traverse... We weren't as lucky on the Traverse.


McCannster - Aug 6, 2010 9:54 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2010

in the late afternoon  Sucess!

Sick climb. Left from the South Lake TH around 8:30 am with heavy packs and made it to Tbolt Pass by 3 PM. Ben and I then booked it up the SW Chute which was a route that I can't quite recommend, but it got us to the summit block in a quick 1 hour 4 mins. I freed the summit block as did Ben. Left the summit around 6 or so and descended back down the Chute to Barrett Lake where our friends were waiting for us at camp. Stumbled into the tent at dusk and passed out. Great outing.


PellucidWombat - Jun 22, 2010 11:44 am Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2010

6th time's the charm  Sucess!

#1: October 1, 2005 - via Southwest Chute #1. Fresh snow and high winds made us turn back 200' below the summit.

#2: July 14, 2006 - Previous day's climb with Vlad Sofiyev took 'longer' than expected. We accidentally did a new route on the N Face of Mt Agassiz. Doh!

#3: March 28-30, 2007 - My canister stove failed and Mark Strahan's white gas stove failed at 3rd Lake. Doh!

#4: September 5-7, 2009 - via N Couloir with Jonathan Bye and Henry Steinberg. Bergschrund was a challenging brittle water ice on alpine ice climb, but a memorable lead. Took longer than expected due to the ice and my friends decided they didn't like the idea of sleeping on the ridge, so we bailed down the SW Chute #1 after finishing the route. Doh!

#5: June 19-21, 2010 - Made it to the summit block with Steph Abegg on our attempt at the Palisade Traverse. We were running late and couldn't get the rope on the summit block any better than slinging a bolt pin during our agreed 10 minute time limit, so we had to move on. I'll be back for the summit block another day!

#6: July 19, 2010 - Climbed the summit block with Vitaly after climbing the NW Ridge. What an outing!


kraymes - May 22, 2010 11:46 am Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2009

Underhill Couloir  Sucess!

Got my 8.2 mm stuck tossing it over the SW side of the summit block, but after an hour of work it flipped free by happenstance to the correct orientation and I prussiked to the summit. No register that I could find. That 3rd stripped bolt needs to go.


HeyItsBen - Oct 28, 2009 4:18 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2009

Traverse thru N. Pal  Sucess!

Part of a Thunderbolt - Polemonium traverse, although we ran out of time for Pole... Thunderbolt was much easier than expected, not sure why its rated as one of the harder 14ers, I suppose just 'cause of the summit block. Climbed the summitblock on toprope, thought it was a straightforward boulder problem...


soslaw - Sep 21, 2009 3:09 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2009

Traverse  Sucess!

The last of 3 with Peter Doucette. Ran out of time and bailed without tagging Polemonium. Turned out to be a wise decision as I was running on empty and it took 15 hours before we got back to the trailhead.


Hyadventure - Sep 14, 2009 4:11 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2009

Via the Southwest Chute   Sucess!

Technically: Easier than I thought it was going to be; one 5.8 move and some tricky scrambling up to the summit block.
Physically: Not so bad, surely not the easiest 14’er, but in the lower/mid range.
Route finding: Straight forward except for the last 100’. Once you reach the notch don’t just go straight up, take your time, you’ll find easier routes below the chockstone.
Danger: The last 100’ is a thrill and there’s lots of loose rock that can be kicked down on you by climbers above.

If Thunderbolt was 4 feet shorter not many people would bother climb this peak. But the fun climbing in the last 100’ and the technical summit block make it worth the trip.


danman3156 - Sep 13, 2009 10:38 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2009

Palisades Traverse  Sucess!

Gained ridge VIA southwest chute to begin traverse to Mount Sill.


ChuckO - Sep 2, 2009 8:06 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2009

No Asterisk !!  Sucess!

Climbed SWChute #1 from camp in Palisades Basin with Ken T. Threw rope over summit block and prusik'ed up.


MarieP - Aug 11, 2009 4:10 pm

Traverse in a day  Sucess!

Part of a traverse


Blackmouth - Aug 10, 2009 8:12 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009

Thunderbolt to Sill Traverse  Sucess!

Day hiked the Thuderbolt to Sill Traverse in just over 20 hours. Started at South Lake and ended at the shuttle car at Glacier Lodge. Climbed with SPer's Forjan,Kevin Trieu,Dave S,Luis Gijon and Corey Harelson. Took SW Chute #1 to get to the summit block and topped out via a TR that was lead/set by Corey. This was an unforgettable experience.Great climbing trip.


LuisGijon - Sep 24, 2008 2:24 am Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2008

SW Chute #1

Nice climb with Willand Fred, in a chilly sunny day. Will led the summit block. Fred and me top roped it. No rope needed before that.

Fred Bagni

Fred Bagni - Sep 22, 2008 10:49 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2008

Southwest Chute #1  Sucess!

Last day of Summer. Climbed with Will (dubhuneter) and Luis. Will led the very very exposed summit block and we top roped.


seano - Sep 5, 2008 2:00 pm Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2008

SW Chute #1  Sucess!

Start of the traverse. Skipped the summit block, because peeling and hitting that pointy rock looked painful, so I'll have to come back and do it again.

EDIT: Finally aided and top-roped it 8/18/2011. Fun stuff! Trip report


jimegan - Aug 30, 2008 3:59 am Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2008

Thunderbolt Pk  Sucess!

Successfully summited with Mike Brooks. Did the West face of the summit block after climbing the SW Chute#1 from our Dusy Basin campsite


Guilty - Aug 26, 2008 8:07 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008

Underhill Couloir  Sucess!

It's been long time since I been up this. Went up with 3 friends for my sixth time up.

kevin trieu

kevin trieu - Aug 25, 2008 8:36 pm Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2008

thought about leading the 5.9...  Sucess!


Augie Medina

Augie Medina - Aug 4, 2008 4:10 am Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008

Palisades Traverse  Sucess!

My SP partners Tom Becht and Glenn Gooking and I hiked in from South Lake over Bishop Pass and exited down Mt. Sill's L-Couloir and out to Glacier Lodge at the end of a very, very long day. It was quite a thrill to climb Thunderbolt's summit block. Thanks to Glenn for leading it.


bechtt - Aug 3, 2008 10:06 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008

Traverse  Sucess!

Long day doing the Palisades Traverse with Glenn and Augie. Thanks to them for pushing me to climb the block via the 5.9 side, easily the hardest thing I've done to date.

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